Attendance at Well-Child Visits After Reach Out and Read

Robert D. Needlman, Benard P. Dreyer, Perri Klass, Alan L. Mendelsohn

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    Attendance at well-child visits (WCVs) is a sine qua non of preventive care. We hypothesized that Reach Out and Read (ROR) would be associated with better WCV attendance. Parents of children 76 to 72 months at 8 clinics who did not yet have ROR reported how many WCVs their child had attended in the previous year; separate samples at the same clinics were interviewed 16 months after the ROR program was instituted. Comparing 267 parents before ROR and 254 after, the percentage who had attended the minimum number of WCVs required by the American Academy of Pediatrics periodicity schedule rose from 67.4% (180/267) to 78.3% (199/254; P <.01). This difference remained significant after controlling for multiple potential confounding factors (estimated odds ratio = 2.1, 95% confidence interval = 1.3-3.5). The largest differences were among Latino children and children of less-educated parents. Programs to enhance early literacy may increase attendance at WCVs among at-risk families.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)282-287
    Number of pages6
    JournalClinical Pediatrics
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - Mar 1 2019


    • Reach Out and Read
    • literacy promotion
    • primary care
    • well-child care adherence

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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