The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children and Adolescents 3rd Edition along with its new Recommendations for Preventive Pediatric Health Care (periodicity schedule) in 2008 are now the standard for pediatric care. To view these recommendations and obtain additional resources regarding Bright futures click here. The AAP encourages practices to review the schedule against their practice protocols.
In addition to new visits at the 30 months, 7 years and 9 years of age, this new edition focuses on universal and select screening for certain visits. Also, Georgia Medicaid adopted the 2008 Bright Futures/AAP Periodicity schedule on November 1, 2010 for its Early Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment program, Health Check.
If you would like an in-office presentation on Bright Futures for you and your office staff, please contact Fozia Khan Eskew at the Chapter office via email at
or via phone at 404-881-5074.
Bright Futures Tool & Resource Kit
The AAP created a companion piece entitled, Bright Futures Tool & Resource Kit for the new schedule. This CD-ROM includes: Bright Futures Visit Forms, Pre-Visit Questionnaires to assist in risk assessments for each visit, Practice Management Tools and Resources, Developmental/Behavioral/Psychosocial Screening Resources, and Community Resources. Click here to review the contents of the kit.
Performing Preventive Services: A Bright Futures Handbook
This AAP Handbook is a companion piece to Bright Futures Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, 3rd Edition. The AAP notes that this handbook can be used in the pediatric practice and as a teaching tool for medical students, residents, and all health professionals who provide well child care. Click here to view the 5 main sections of the handbook which are each downloadable in PDF format.
Pediatric Care on Line™
AAP offers this service to Academy members. The system includes resources to implement Bright Futures prevention guidelines. Forms to document every well child exam from infancy to early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence are included at no cost to Academy members. Additionally history questionnaires, pre-visit questionnaires to document recommended risk assessments, visit-specific parent and patient handouts, medical screening questionnaires, and problem lists are also available. Click here for details.