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2.Uluslararası Avrasya Sosyal Pediatri Kongresi & 6. Ulusal Sosyal Pediatri Kongresi - Online
26-29 Kasım 2020
WELLBABY-A NEW SMART PHONE APPLICATION FOR EARLY INTERVENTION
Prof.Dr.Gülbin Gökçay İstanbul Tıp Fakültesi, Çocuk Sağlığı ve Hastalıkları Ana bilim Dalı
Giriş - Amaç
The objective of this study is to compare the preliminary findings of the data coming from wellbaby app, a new smart phone application with its original version, SCASI (Social Communication Area Screening for Infants and Young Children) and highlighting the efficacy of wellbaby app. Developmental delays are seriously under-identified in infancy (1),(2). Screenings and interventions can be limited in circumstances such as the COVID-19 pandemic or other situations where families have limited access to health care or just lack the awareness of its need (4). Use of technology such as mobile application platforms can serve families with suitable services (5). Crowdsourced studies, smartphone health applications and personal health records to achieve positive outcomes for a variety of health conditions are a growing concept and becoming a part of the public health ecosystem (6),(7).
Yöntem - Gereçler
“wellbaby.developmentofmybaby” is a newly developed smart phone application. It is a parent completed early intervention tool via electronic platforms. Its software is developed from the analysis of SCASI developmental screening test. SCASI is a parent-reported developmental screening test for infants between 6 and 24 months of age (2). SCASI is currently under use by pediatricians and other clinicians to identify children at risk for developmental problems and plan further intervention programs. Wellbaby app automatically scores the answers of the registered parent thus decreases the barriers related to clinician training and time to score and has the advantage of reaching broader community settings via internet access. Well baby app includes screening questions, educational program and age specific recommendations. The result of the screening test informs parent whether the child’s development is within “normal (green)”, “at risk (yellow)” or “need urgent action (red)” range. Every parent can also access educational plan for “at risk” items.
Well baby app is launched in 2018 and has 4731 registered users. Over all 2863 child has tested and 3922 test (repeated test cases) was done. %22 (789 out of 3922) of all the test results is “at risk” ie: yellow and red results. At the original study “at-risk” percentage was %28 (84 cases out of 310).
The percentage of “at-risk” infants is in accordance with the literature (8). The difference between the “at-risk” percentages can be attributed to the large sample size effect which is the result of the advantage of crowdsourced study. To understand its effectiveness the data from the well baby app needs to be studied prospectively in clinical settings. Using the electronic platforms, brief administration time, automatic scoring, educational program component together with age specific recommendations plus online FAQ, wellbaby app has a potential widespread use as an early intervention tool.
infant at-risk, screening, early intervention, smart phone application, crowdsourced study, community-based participatory research