Implementing the Promoting Healthy Development Survey (PHDS)


Implementing the Promoting Healthy Development Survey (PHDS)


These three manuals help stakeholders implement, score, and report findings from the Promoting Healthy Development Survey (PHDS). The survey, for parents of young children (3 years old and younger), assesses whether recommended preventive and developmental services are provided, and the degree to which parents’ informational needs are met.

  • The first manual provides comprehensive guidelines on how to implement the PHDS. The primary audience is State Medicaid agencies, however it provides valuable information for health plans and providers as well.
  • The second manual provides information and advice for using the shorter version of the PHDS to measure health care quality at the level of individual health care practices. It includes implementation guidelines, templates for reporting results, parent interviews, and case studies.
  • The third manual offers detailed guidance on how to implement the PHDS in large health systems via mail. The manual provides a comprehensive look at the PHDS. In six steps, the authors review the purpose of the PHDS; how to plan for implementation; how to administer the survey; how to monitor administration and plan for data analysis; how to construct quality measures and analytic variables; and how best to report PHDS findings.


Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative

Funding Sources:

The Commonwealth Fund


Release Date: 2006
Original Summary: June 2008
Last Updated: 06/18/14

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