M L Selby-Harrington

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This article describes findings from interviews of parents targeted for outreach efforts that encouraged them to use Medicaid's Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment(EPSDT) Program. Begun in the 1970s, the EPSDT program held out the promise of ensuring that needy children would receive comprehensive preventive care. With only one-third of(More)
Federal legislation requires states to increase use of the early and periodic screening, diagnosis, and treatment (EPSDT) program. The program provides comprehensive health services to children from low-income families on Medicaid and has been shown to improve health and reduce health care costs. Health departments and public health nurses (PHNs) bear a(More)
This pilot study used medical records to examine the health outcomes of children receiving care in Medicaid's Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) program. Medical records from 76 children seen for EPSDT visits during a 6-month period were reviewed to assess whether health problems were identified and whether treatment, follow-up,(More)
OBJECTIVES A randomized controlled trial was conducted to test the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of three outreach interventions to promote well-child screening for children on Medicaid. METHODS In rural North Carolina, a random sample of 2053 families with children due or overdue for screening was stratified according to the presence of a home(More)
Before research findings are applied to practice, the quality of the research must be assessed so that flawed research does not lead inadvertently to flawed practice. Two critical indicators of research quality are the validity and reliability of the data collection instruments. This article summarizes the principles of instrument validity and reliability(More)
Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) is a Medicaid program designed to provide comprehensive well child care for children from low-income families. Each EPSDT checkup should include a physical examination; medical history; assessment of development, nutrition, and immunizations; assessment of hearing, vision, and dental status; and(More)
This article critically reviews research studies on the identification and treatment of children's mental health problems by primary care providers. Using a valid and reliable instrument to guide the review, the investigators examined the methods and findings of all 13 studies published on the topic from 1979 to 1994. Overall, primary care providers(More)
The dissemination of research through publication in professional journals is important for the advancement of pediatric nursing practice. Without knowledge of current research, practitioners cannot take actions to apply research to improve the health of the children and families they serve. To ensure that practitioners can make the most appropriate use of(More)
This study examined the accuracy and costs of determining whether rural, low-income Medicaid recipients did or did not have a phone, and of obtaining phone numbers for those who did. For a random sample of 209 families, we compared phone information obtained from phone books and directory assistance with information obtained from department of social(More)