• Users Online: 45
  • Print this page
  • Email this page
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 19-25

Familiarity and screening practices for adverse childhood experiences: Contemporary considerations from providers in a high prevalence state

Department of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Kentucky, College of Health Sciences, Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Leslie N Woltenberg
900 S. Limestone Street, 207 Charles T. Wethington, Jr. Bldg., University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40536-0200
United States of America
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ehp.ehp_35_20

Rights and Permissions

Objective: The purpose of this exploratory study was to examine adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), knowledge, and screening practices. Methods: A convenience sample of pediatric primary care providers in a health-care system within a high-prevalence state were invited to participate. The original 12-item survey addressed familiarity, tools, barriers, and prevalence regarding ACEs. Results: Study participants reported familiarity with ACEs; however, only 23% reported the use of any screening tool(s). Primary barriers included time and lack of staff and/or knowledge/training. About 77% of respondents have encountered at least eight of the 10 major types of ACEs. Most frequently encountered ACEs included parental separation or divorce, substance abuse in the household, and mental illness in the household. About 73% expressed interest in continuing medical education. Conclusions: Provider knowledge/familiarity with ACEs does not imply systematic screening. An efficient and evidence-based standardization for screening merits consideration. Continued education and training may address barriers to both provider understanding and screening of ACEs.

Print this article     Email this article
 Next article
 Previous article
 Table of Contents

 Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
 Related articles
 Citation Manager
 Access Statistics
 Reader Comments
 Email Alert *
 Add to My List *
 * Requires registration (Free)

 Article Access Statistics
    PDF Downloaded141    
    Comments [Add]    

Recommend this journal