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Ontario's Enhanced 18-Month Well-Baby Visit

Developed by experts in child development at McMaster University, this program provides healthcare professionals access to certified online learning programs, resources, and communities related to Ontario's Enhanced 18-Month Well-Baby Visit.

Ontario and the Enhanced 18-month Well-baby Visit: Trying New Approaches

In Ontario, the 18-month well-baby visit is the last scheduled primary care visit before school entry. Recognizing the importance of this visit and the role that primary care plays in developmental surveillance, an Ontario expert panel recommended enhancing the 18-month visit. Their recommendations are based on evidence from  multiple disciplines, which underscore the reality that the quality of the early years experience establishes  trajectories of health and well-being for children. An underlying premise of the recommendations is that when there are collaborations among parents, primary care, community health and child development services, the outcomes for children will be improved. The present article focuses on two Ontario pilot projects that were funded to discover how, in real life primary care settings, the recommendations could be implemented and outcomes measured. Findings and insights were significant, and future directions are clear, as the strategy for an enhanced 18-month well-baby visit is implemented in the future for Ontario.

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