December 1971

How Comprehensive Are Well Child Visits?

Author Affiliations

Los Angeles
From Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, Los Angeles.

Am J Dis Child. 1971;122(6):483-488. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1971.02110060053008

Most of the 450 child health conference visits documented were fairly stereotyped, with nurses as well as physicians focusing on physical examinations, immunizations, and feeding advice and with little attention to psychosocial content. Comprehensive patient care clearly is not yet expected by mothers attending well child clinics. Parents must learn that psychosocial concerns and behavioral problems are legitimate topics for discussion, and doctors and nurses must initiate and encourage this type of discussion explicitly in well child care.