Monday, May 21, 2012
We all recognize the importance of early intervention in improving health outcomes for infants born with high-risk conditions. Yet recognizing the importance is not the same as actually referring our high risk infants to an early intervention program, as shown this week by Tang et al. (doi: 10.1542/peds.2011-2720) in a cohort analysis of data from 66 California neonatal follow-up programs. While California is only one state, and one could argue the disappointing findings regarding referrals are not generalizable to other states, this is a reminder to assess your own practice to see whether you make an appropriate number of early intervention referrals. We hope this study raises awareness and results in fewer missed opportunities for referrals to early intervention for high risk infants.
Posted by Dr. Lewis R. First at 12:01 AM