Adding PEDS to the PEDS:DM (both at the same time, or the PEDS:DM as needed) offers good compliance with American Academy of Pediatrics policy: eliciting and addressing parents’ concerns at each encounter, monitoring milestones, and screening with validated tools periodically.

Using PEDS and PEDS:DM together improves communication between families and providers, increases the likelihood of attendance at follow-up visits, and offers optimal program evaluation/ research metrics.