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New Reasons Not to Miss a Well-Child Visit

New Reasons Not to Miss a Well-Child Visit

Regular well-child visits during the first three years of childhood are critical to identify health, behavioral and developmental problems that could have long-lasting effects into adulthood. But parents don’t always follow the recommended schedule and children who miss out on visits are more likely to be admitted to the hospital with preventable problems, studies show. Research conducted at UCLA and published in the journal Pediatrics concluded that a more efficient team-based model for delivering preventive care can boost the number of recommended services for children and lead to fewer costly emergency-room visits. Lead study author Dr. Tumaini Rucker Coker is overseeing the larger study in a new post as director of research at the Center for Diversity and Health Equity at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

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