Behavioral Health Screening in Pediatric Primary Care:A Pilot Study

Rachel J. Valleley, Natalie Romer, Sara Kupzyk, Joseph H. Evans, Keith D. Allen

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This pilot study investigated the effect of the Pediatric Symptom Checklist (PSC) on identification of and physician response to behavioral health (BH) concerns. Researchers reviewed 1211 charts of youth aged 4 to 16 years. Records were compared during baseline and an intervention consisting of implementation of the PSC to determine the rate of BH identification and pediatrician response. Access to PSC data resulted in a trivial difference in BH concerns identified by physicians and did not affect physician responses. This case study demonstrates that simply implementing BH screening in primary care may not result in improved outcomes for these children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)199-204
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Primary Care & Community Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2015


  • children
  • impact evaluation
  • pediatrics
  • primary care
  • program evaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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