Identification of At-Risk Infants and Preschool Children
The need for Community Health Services, specifically Public health nurses (PHNs), to become involved in a program of planned identification and follow-up of infants and preschool children at risk for developmental delays, failure to thrive, neglect or abuse, or physical or emotional problems secondary to other handicaps has a mandate from many sources. The World Health Organization, in its position paper “Risk Approach for Maternal and Child Health Care” (1978), outlines a managerial strategy to improve the coverage and quality of maternal and child health services based on the measurement of individual and community risk. This strategy attempts to “ensure a minimum of care for all while providing guidelines for the diversion of limited resources to those who most need them” (p. 18).
KeywordsPreschool Child Assessment Form Community Health Service Public Health Nurse British Columbia Provincial
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