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NEW ORLEANS―An evidence-based toolkit that provides parents of pediatric patients with information about media use in children is effective and beneficial, according to research presented at the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners 2019 meeting held March 7-10 in New Orleans. 

Daphnee Stewart, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC, from the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing at Mercer University in Atlanta, GA, sought to provide an evidence-based toolkit with materials and resources to clinicians of pediatric patients in order to educate parents on media use in children. Nurse practitioners and physicians completed a pre-implementation survey assessing their knowledge and beliefs about discussing media use by children with parents. The providers were educated on guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Family Media Plan.

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Providers used toolkit resources for 6 weeks to educate parents at well-child visits about media use in children. The toolkit consisted of brochures about media use for 3 age groups (2–5 years of age, 6–12 years of age, and ≥13 years of age), posters to display throughout the office, and social media posts to the office’s Facebook page. At the end of the implementation period, providers completed a survey to evaluate the efficiency of the toolkit and the feasibility of implementing it on a regular basis.

Results revealed that 100% of healthcare provider respondents viewed discussions about media use with parents important. Results demonstrated that greater time was spent discussing media use with parents of adolescents compared with parents of young children. Among parents of adolescents, social media use was the main topic of discussion. Among parents of children aged 2 to 5 years, healthcare providers spent the majority of time discussing healthy eating, physical activity, and school nutrition rather than media use. Healthcare providers preferred method of communication with parents of children was passive information such as posters, pamphlets, and handouts.

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Physicians reported that barriers to discussion about media use included lack of time, amount of information to discuss at well-child visits, and parental use of media.

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Stewart D. Educating parents about media use in children. Presented at: National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners annual meeting 2019; March 7-10, 2019; New Orleans, LA. Abstract F11.