About the Online PHDS

The Online Promoting Healthy Development Survey (Online PHDS) is an online tool for parents to complete to assess whether young children (3 - 72 months) receive well-child care as recommended in the Bright Futures Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents—Fourth Edition.

The PHDS was designed and developed by the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI) to measure and improve the quality of care provided to children. It asks parents directly about their experiences with their child’s health care provider. The PHDS has been used since 1998 by health care systems and health care providers. Parents have completed over 45,000 surveys, which have been used to improve the quality of health care provided to young children.

How does the Online PHDS work?

  • Providers share the Online PHDS link (unique URL) specific to their practice or organization with parents.
  • Parents complete the Online PHDS tool anonymously to provide feedback about their experience and quality of care they received to their child’s health care providers.
  • After completing the Online PHDS, parents receive a summary feedback report based on their responses, as well as educational resources that help guide them about questions they could ask at their child’s next well visit.
  • Providers can review summary reports based on multiple parents’ responses. 
  • The reports can help the provider understand the quality of care they provide and identify areas that need improvement.

How the Online PHDS works

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How does the Online PHDS help parents?

  • The Online PHDS is an engagement tool for parents to learn about what to expect during visits with their child’s providers.
  • The Online PHDS gives parents an opportunity to provide anonymous feedback to their child’s providers. This helps providers assess if and how they are meeting the parents’ needs and priorities.
  • Upon completing the tool, parents will receive a personalized feedback report based on their responses. This report has a summary of their responses, areas where their needs were or were not met on recommended topics, and educational resources that can help them remember questions they might want to ask at their child’s next well visit.
  • The parent feedback report can help parents to partner with their child’s health care providers to improve the quality of health care for their children.

What information would parents provide to get started with the Online PHDS?

You will be asked to provide your child's date of birth and time since your last visit to your child’s provider. The Online PHDS is tailored to the age of your child, so the dates you provide will be used to determine which age-specific visit applies to your child. You will also be asked to choose the state where your child receives well-child care.

How will the information collected by the Online PHDS be used?

  • The information gathered on the website is confidential and anonymous.
  • We do not save any information that can be used to identify you or your child, and we do not share your individual information with your provider.
  • Parents who complete the Online PHDS receive a personalized feedback report based on their responses. This report helps guide them about the steps they can take to partner with their child’s healthcare providers to improve their child’s health care.
  • Individual parent responses are only summarized with other parents’ responses in an effort to help the provider understand the quality of care they provide and identify areas of improvement in the health care services they provide.
  • Providers, practices and organizations who have an account with the Online PHDS can generate an aggregated summary report from multiple parents’ responses, specific to their practice or organization. This report guides providers in how they can improve the care for young children. Providers will not know what the parent’s individual answers are or be able to identify who completed the Online PHDS.
  • The CAHMI team can use the combined findings from the Online PHDS to describe the current level of care that is provided to young children and to advocate for improvements. The group-level findings may be used for research purposes or presentations to clinicians, policymakers and health plan officials to inform them about where they should focus their quality improvement resources.

You can learn more about data collection and storage by reading the Online PHDS Use Agreement and Privacy Notice.

Who developed and maintains this website?

This website was developed and is maintained by the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI). The development and maintenance of the Online PHDS has been supported by The Commonwealth Fund, Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), the CAHMI internal fund, with advisory support from many national experts, pediatricians, family leaders and health systems.

About the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative

The Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI) is a national non-profit initiative dedicated to developing and supporting patient-centered methods for assessing and improving health care quality. The CAHMI has a number of activities dedicated to improving the quality of health and health care for children and young adults. Visit www.cahmi.org for more information.

If you wish to get more information about the Online PHDS, you can go over the Online PHDS Frequently Asked Questions

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