This section covers the main evaluation findings for the CHCI, including our interpretation of these findings. The section begins with a brief status report on the CHCI.
A significant amount of the quantitative data used in this section is from the child health check and follow-up data collections. The AIHW and DoHA (2008a) note a number of limitations with this data, including that:
- the accuracy of the review of medical records and the clinical screening examination was not assessed for any of the conditions reported
- the child health checks were voluntary and, at this stage, nothing is known about how the children who participated compared with those who did not participate
- the quality of the data for individual items of the check varies.
The AIHW and DoHA stress that in interpreting this data, consideration should be given to the purpose for which the data was collected—to track the implementation of the child health checks and follow-up care and for program evaluation. Data from the health checks about the proportions of children with various health conditions is not, therefore, deemed to be reliable estimates of disease prevalence (AIHW and DoHA 2008a; 2009).
Specific challenges relating to data quality and interpretation are discussed in the relevant findings below.
4.1 Progress and status of the CHCI
4.2 Coverage of the child health checks
4.3 Delivery of follow-up services
4.4 Impact of the CHCI on health service delivery and system
4.5 Impact of the CHCI on health status
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