Evidence ‘weak’ for Kids Check

In the first study evaluating the outcomes of the Healthy Kids Check (HKC), researchers found GPs detected issues in 21% of 557 children who underwent a check at two Queensland practices in 2010—13, leading to a change of management in 3—11% of all those assessed.

However, study co-author Professor Chris Del Mar, from Bond University’s Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice, said the evidence behind some of the components in the check was weak, particularly the mandatory independent toileting item.