Family health center follow-up in preschool children

J. Bendel, H. Palti, A. Ornoy, S. Winter

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The duration of follow-up at family health centers (FHC) was determined from a national prevalence study of chronic conditions and illnesses causing disability in preschool children. The sample comprised 8,702 children (12% of the 71,372 in the national Jewish birth cohort of 1980) who had reached the age of 3 years at the time of the study. The sample originated from 118 of the 870 FHC in areas of Jewish population which included FHC managed by municipalities, sick funds and the Ministry of Health. With increase in age there was a significant decrease in attendance at the FHC. Thus at 6 months of age, 97% of the sample attended the FHC, while at 3.5 years the follow-up rate had fallen to 33%. Children of mothers of Asian origin, of mothers with less than 10 years of schooling, and of mothers 19 years old or less on delivery, as well as first-born children, showed a higher rate of attendance at age 3 than the others. Higher attendance at age 3 was also registered in the south of the country, especially rural areas. More children with diagnosed medical problems attended at age 3 than healthy children. More children born with birth weights of 1,500 g or less dropped out of the FHC during their first year of life. The findings suggest that the purpose, content and efficiency of FHC be reexamined in light of changes in the needs of the target population due to educational and technological progress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)681-684
Number of pages4
Issue number12
StatePublished - 15 Jun 1990
Externally publishedYes


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