Journal article

Risk factors for non-participation in a universal developmental surveillance program in a population in Australia

Chandra Ayer, Valsamma Eapen, Bronwyn Overs, Joseph Descallar, Bin Jalaludin, John Graeme Eastwood, Cheryl Dissanayake, Katrina Williams, Elisabeth Murphy, Susan Woolfenden

AUSTRALIAN HEALTH REVIEW | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2020

Abstract

Objectives This study examined the risk factors for non-participation in a developmental surveillance program in a population in south-west Sydney with a high proportion of culturally diverse and socioeconomically disadvantaged people. Methods Data from 850 and 625 12- and 18-month-old children respectively from the Watch Me Grow (WMG) birth cohort were used for this study. Logistic regression models were used to assess risk factors for 12- and 18-month non-attendance at Well Child Visits, as well as non-completion of the developmental surveillance questionnaire Parents' Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS) in the child's personal health record (PHR). Results Independent risk factors fo..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia


Awarded by NSW Department of Health, Kids and Families


Funding Acknowledgements

The authors thank Margot Prior for her contribution to the development of the research proposal, colleagues from the child and family health nurses in the Liverpool, Fairfield and Bankstown areas and their managers Trish Clarke, Victoria Blight and Wendy Geddes, the staff of the postnatal wards at Liverpool and Bankstown hospitals and the staff at the Clinical Information Department at Liverpool Hospital. The authors also acknowledge the support of Deborah Beasley and April Deering for liaison with NSW Ministry of Health Department of Kids and Families, Alexandra Hendry (Research Officer, Early Years Research Group) for her help in ethics submission and Pankaj Garg, Wendy Callins and Lynne Ireland for their contribution to the qualitative component of the study. The authors are grateful to all the participants for their time and assistance in this research. This study (APP 1013690) was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia, through a partnership grant with the NSW Department of Health, Kids and Families and in-kind support from UNSW, La Trobe University, South Western Sydney Local Health District and Sydney Children's Hospital Network.