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).
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