182634 - check, unit 550, Child development, June 2018
This edition of check focuses on the assessment and management of child development concerns in general practice.Relevance to General Practice
General practice visits related to child development are common. Twenty per cent of parents of infants have concerns about unsettled crying, and speech delays occur in up to 20% of children aged two to seven years. One Victorian study found that 12% of children aged three years exhibit behavioural problems relating to hyperactivity and aggression, which can be attributed to a variety of disorders. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders should both be considered as causes of behavioural problems; obstructive sleep apnoea has also been associated with behavioural issues. Alternatively, children may be unresponsive to their parents because of hearing impairments.
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D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
Communication with family, carers and others involved in the care of the patient is appropriate and clear
D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
A rational list of differential diagnoses is formulated
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
The patterns and prevalence of disease are incorporated into screening and management practices
D4. Professional and ethical role
D5. Organisational and legal dimensionsCurriculum Contextual Units
- Children and young people health
- Ear and nose medicine
- Psychological health