"Evidence-Informed Milestones for Developmental Surveillance Tools"
Special Article – Pediatrics – February 8, 2022
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Learn the Signs. Act Early. program, funded the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to convene an expert working group to revise its developmental surveillance checklists. The goals of the group were to:
- identify evidence-informed milestones to include in CDC checklists
- clarify when most children can be expected to reach a milestone (to discourage a wait-and-see approach)
- support clinical judgment regarding screening between recommended ages
This special article in Pediatrics, “Evidence-Informed Milestones for Developmental Surveillance Tools,” provides an overview of the comprehensive milestone revision process. After subject matter experts established 11 criteria for CDC milestone checklists, milestones were identified and evaluated in the revision process.
A video abstract of the article by lead author, Jennifer M. Zubler, MD, includes details about the revision process, and introduces the full article online.