Early detection of developmental delays in vulnerable children by community care workers using an mHealth tool

Maria N. van der Merwe, Renata Mosca, De Wet Swanepoel, Frances P. Glascoe, Jeannie van der Linde

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Abstract

Developmental delays are increasing worldwide, as a result of exposure to environmental risk factors. Early detection services are often inaccessible in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). An mHealth developmental screening programme with community care workers (CCWs) was investigated. CCWs administered a smartphone application to vulnerable families during home-based services. One-hundred and thirty-eight children were screened and those who failed were rescreened. CCWs completed a questionnaire regarding their perceptions of community-based mHealth-assisted screening. The overall referral rate was 69%. Older children (19–38 months old) had a significantly higher (p 

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)855-866
Number of pages12
JournalEarly Child Development and Care
Volume189
Issue number5
Early online date4 Jun 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Apr 2019

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