School of Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
adverse childhood experiences, provider screening, ACE screening, primary care, family practice, pediatric ACE screening
Wangberg, Lisa Marie, "Provider Knowledge and Confidence with Implementing Pediatric Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Screening Tool in an Alaskan Family Practice Clinic" (2022). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3772.
Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) have been known to be associated with negative developmental and long-term health sequalae since Felitti and colleagues (1998) presented their groundbreaking research nearly a quarter of a century ago. Pediatric and primary care settings have been relatively slow to implement any type of ACEs screening at regular intervals such as at well-child exams (WCEs). A scholarly project implementation was used to present ACEs education and screening training to pediatric primary care providers in a small, private, rural family health care practice in Alaska. The goal of the project was to determine if providers felt more knowledgeable and confident with pediatric ACEs screening after an educational intervention and if screening would increase in clinical practice as a result. Three quantitative Likert-style surveys were administered to providers pre- and post-education as well as three months postimplementation (two qualitative questions were also asked on each survey). A total of 225 pediatric patients aged nine months to 18 years were screened at WCEs by six nurse practitioners over the three-month intervention timeframe. Providers demonstrated a statistically significant increase in ACEs knowledge, especially related to the Center for Youth and Wellness ACE Questionnaire (CYW ACE-Q; p < 0.001), and screening confidence (p = 0.005) from pre- to post ACEs education. Qualitative provider feedback postimplementation was generally positive and included statements like learned so much, enjoyed educating patients, great process, and highly valuable. Pediatric ACEs screening was found to be feasible in primary care with provider ACEs education and training, which improved provider knowledge and confidence with ACEs screenings at WCEs.