Implementation of the Hammersmith Infant Neurological Examination in a High-Risk Infant Follow-Up Program

Nathalie L. Maitre, Olena Chorna, Domenico M. Romeo, Andrea Guzzetta

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Abstract

Background High-risk infant follow-up programs provide early identification and referral for treatment of neurodevelopmental delays and impairments. In these programs, a standardized neurological examination is a critical component of evaluation for clinical and research purposes. Methods To address primary challenges of provider educational diversity and standardized documentation, we designed an approach to training and implementation of the Hammersmith Infant Neurological Examination with precourse materials, a workshop model, and adaptation of the electronic medical record. Conclusions Provider completion and documentation of a neurological examination were evaluated before and after Hammersmith Infant Neurological Examination training. Standardized training and implementation of the Hammersmith Infant Neurological Examination in a large high-risk infant follow-up is feasible and effective and allows for quantitative evaluation of neurological findings and developmental trajectories.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-38
Number of pages8
JournalPediatric Neurology
Volume65
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2016

Keywords

  • development
  • Hammersmith Infant Neurological Examination (HINE)
  • high-risk infant follow-up
  • neurologic examination
  • prematurity
  • screening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Neurology
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Clinical Neurology

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