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Quality improvement program expands early childhood screening

Key clinical point: Implementation of a quality improvement program significantly increased screening for maternal depression, autism, and social determinants of health

Major finding: Primary care screening for maternal depression increased from 27% to 87% after implementation of a QI program. Screening also increased significantly for developmental delay (60% to 93%) and autism spectrum disorder (74% to 95%).

Study details: The data come from a review of a 1-year QI program including 19 pediatric primary care practices in 12 states.

Disclosures: The study was supported by the JPB Foundation through support to the American Academy of Pediatrics. The researchers had no financial conflicts to disclose.


Flower KB et al. Pediatrics. 2020 Aug 7. doi: 10.1542/peds.2019-2328.