About This Website

The Well-Visit Planner was developed to improve well-child care for children 4 months to 6 years old. The information in this tool is based on recommendations established by the American Academy of Pediatrics' Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, 3rd Edition. The tool helps parents to customize the well-child visit to their family's needs by helping them identify and prioritize their health risks and concerns before their well-child appointment. This means that parents and providers are better able to communicate and address the family's needs during the well-child visit.

The tool was developed and is maintained by the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI). The CAHMI developed the tool to engage parents as partners to improve well-child care services as a part of a project supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Research Program (R40 MC08959). The WVP's continued development and implementation is supported by the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative, volunteer advisors and through support from HRSA/MCHB through Cooperative Agreement U59-MC06890. The project also benefited from the advice and support of numerous advisors: Betsy Anderson, David Bergman, Emily Brophy , Dimitri Christakis, Kellena Collier, Paula Duncan, John Kilty, Amy Kurian, Cynthia Minkovitz, Tami Olson, Amy Perritti, Ed Schor, Judy Shaw, Sara Slovin. The CAHMI would like to thank each and every one of them.

Why should you complete the tool?

Completing the tool will help you to identify your priorities for your upcoming well-child visit; it will also help you to understand what you can expect at that visit. The content of the tool is different based on the age of your child, so you can complete the tool before each of your child's visits. The tool also includes educational materials about topics such as your child's growth and development, language development, and safety. The educational materials address the topics of most importance for your child's age.

After you complete the tool you can save or print a Visit Guide that summarizes your needs and priorities for the visit. You will also take this Visit Guide with you to the visit to help prioritize your time with your child's pediatric provider. You can also print a copy of the Visit Guide to leave with your provider. This will help you and your provider maximize the time at the visit based on your priorities and your child's health needs. If your provider has given you a secure email address, then you can save the Visit Guide and mail it to her/him prior to the visit.

What will you be asked to do in the Well-Visit Planner online tool?

It should take you between 10-15 minutes to complete the Well-Visit Planner online tool. You will be asked to do the following:

  1. Provide basic information about the child who is having the well-visit for whom you are completing the tool for.
  2. Answer a series of questions about your child and family that will help your child's health care provider know what they may need to focus on in the visit.
  3. Pick the topics that you want your child's doctor to talk with you and give you information about.
  4. Receive a “Visit Guide” that you can use at your child's well-visit. This guide highlights the topics you wanted to discuss and should be brought to the visit.

What information is collected as a part of the Well-Visit Planner?

The Well-Visit Planner includes asks you for some brief information to get started and includes three steps: Step 1: Answer a Questionnaire, Step 2: Pick Your Priorities, and Step 3: Get Your Visit Guide. Each step is described below.

Information to Get Started

You will be asked to provide information such as your child's first name, gender, date of birth and date of the upcoming well-child visit. Because the Well-Visit Planner is tailored to the age of your child, this information will be used to determine which age-specific version you should complete. Your child's name, birth date and visit date will not be saved in the database.

Step 1: Answer a Questionnaire

Step 1
  • You will be asked questions about your child and family that focus on topics that are recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. This includes questions about your child's health, your child's development and your home environment.
  • This section also includes questions designed to determine the amount of health care services your child receives.
  • This information will help you understand if your child may need additional help to coordinate the services that he/she receives. This section ends with a few questions about your family (for example, the state where you live and your household income). This information helps us understand who is using the Well-Visit Planner, so that we can plan to help other parents and families use the Well-Visit Planner.

Step 2: Pick Your Priorities

Step 2
  • You will be asked to pick up to five topics that you want to talk about with your child's health care provider.

Step 3: Get Your Visit Guide

Step 3
  • You will not be asked any questions in this section. This section produces your personalized Visit Guide. This step gives you the option to print or save the Visit Guide. This Visit Guide is critical to the upcoming visit and should be brought with you to that visit. You may also print a separate copy to leave with your provider if you wish.
  • If your child's provider has given you a secure email address, then you can save the Visit Guide to your computer and email it directly to her/him prior to the visit. Please be sure that that you are using a secure email address for any communication with your child's provider.

How will the information collected by the Well-Visit Planner be used?

The Well-Visit Planner is designed to help you plan for your visit. After you complete the tool, any information that you choose to provide that could be used to identify you or your child will not be stored. For example, the tool will not store your child's birthday, first name (the tool does not ask for last name), or upcoming visit date.

The Well-Visit Planner will store the de-identified information that you provide about your child's health, development, and home environment; and the priorities you select for your visit. It will not be possible to link this information to you or your child. The CAHMI team will use this anonymous information to understand parents' concerns and priorities for their well-child visits. This information will help pediatric providers improve well-child care for children and their families.

About the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative

The Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI) is a national non-profit initiative dedicated to developing and supporting patient-centered methods for assessing and improving health care quality. The CAHMI has a number of activities dedicated to improving the quality of health and health care for children and young adults.