Implementation of a Novel Tool to Collect Milk Feeding Data on Infants in Primary Care Clinics.
We aimed to capture milk feeding type in real time in a racially and socioeconomically diverse population. An electronic tool to assess milk feeding type at every medical visit for children aged 0 to 2 years was designed and incorporated into nursing workflows. The Milk Box tool was successfully added to the electronic clinical workspace of a large health system. There were eight clinics, with diverse characteristics, which incorporated the use of the Milk Box tool over 12 months. Time to 50% uptake of Milk Box varied from 3 to 5 months. Time to >80% uptake varied from 6 to 8 months. Our results show that Milk Box can be quickly incorporated into a clinical workflow when the team is given appropriate training and support. The tool also allows a primary care practice to study local breast milk consumption trends and to provide both individualized and system-level lactation support.
Maradiaga Panayotti, GM; Miner, DS; Hannon, EA; Kay, MC; Shaikh, SK; Jooste, KR; Erickson, E; Kovarik, T; Wood, CT
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