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Well Child Clinic Standardization

Postpartum Depression

Public Health Nurses in the Well Child Clinic (WCC) setting are in a unique position to impact early childhood growth and development, health and safety, and family adjustment.

In collaboration with stakeholders across the province, including public health representation from all five zones, recommendations for non-immunization activities (which includes Postpartum Depression Screening) were developed. Standardization of the non-immunization activities in the WCC is responsive to factors such as the growing birth cohort, expanded immunization schedule, and the reality of shifting and complex demographics that contribute to time pressures in the clinic.

Standardization not only promotes consistent public health nursing practices across Alberta, but ensures that families are provided with consistent information and guidance on health and parenting issues. Grounded in the principles of patient and family centred care, standardization supports the Public Health Nurse in making the best use of their time while letting parent questions and concerns drive the focus of the visit.

The WCC Standardization was informed by the best available evidence that included the following deliverables:

  • an AHS environmental scan of the WCC visits to explore and identify the current practices and tools used across the province
  • a review of internal organizational policies, provincial directives, and priorities
  • a parent perception review to understand parents’ perceptions and expectations of the WCC visits
  • a rapid review of the literature to understand the evidence for non-immunization activities and their associated interventions

For more information on the process, recommendations and implementation, contact hphc@ahs.ca.

Publication

The National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools’ publication, Evidence-Informed Decision Making Casebook 2, Sharing Success Stories for Public Health in Canada features the WCC Standardization project, Making Evidence Informed Decisions about the Alberta Public Health Well-Child Visit: The Art and the Science. 

eLearning Module

An eLearning module was developed for Public Health Nurses in Alberta, to support the implementation of the WCC Standardization. This module also contains realistic case scenarios that a PHN may encounter in the WCC. The module, titled Implementation of Well Child Clinic Standardization Recommendations, is available on MyLearningLink through the internal AHS website. AHS employees with a MyLearningLink account can also remotely access MyLearningLink through the external portal on ahs.ca/staff.

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