"Neighborhood Child Opportunity and Individual-Level Pediatric Care Use and Diagnoses", a new study by UCSF researchers published in Pediatrics, is the first to examine the association between child neighborhood opportunity and individual-level pediatric care use.  The cross-sectional study of a sample of San Francisco children found that child neighborhood opportunity, measured by the Child Opportunity Index, was significantly associated with frequent acute health care visits and diagnoses, independent of patient characteristics and neighborhood income.   The lead author, Dr. Ellen Kersten, University of California, San Francisco, presents the findings in this video abstract.  The study concludes that the Child Opportunity Index could be an effective tool for identifying neighborhood factors other than income that may affect child health.


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For more information about the study, contact the lead author Ellen Kersten, University of California, San Francisco, Department of Psychiatry. This study was supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health (K01 MH097978 and T32 MH018261).

Citation: Kersten EE, Adler NE, Gottlieb L, Jutte DP, Robinson S, Roundfield K, LeWinn KZ. Neighborhood Child Opportunity and Individual-Level Pediatric Acute Care Use and Diagnoses. Pediatrics. 2018 May; 141(5).