Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Mental Health Services and Policy Program

Parent Training in Pediatric Primary Care: A Self-Directed, Tablet-Based Approach

Co-I: Heather J. Risser, PhD

Funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality in collaboration with Rush University Medical Center and the University of Illinois Hospital and Health System, we are studying the implementation of the ezParent, a tablet-based tool used by pediatric primary care providers to help parents develop their parenting skills. ezParent is an innovative opportunity to promote positive parenting with potential for universal access to the preschool population and low cost by building on existing infrastructure in pediatric primary care.

The implementation of the ezParent in four pediatric primary care sites will be evaluated using a descriptive design guided by the RE-AIM framework and cost-effectiveness analysis. The efficacy of the ezParent will be tested using a randomized controlled trial design with 312 parents of 2- to 5-year-old children from pediatric primary care settings. Data on parenting and child behavior outcomes will be obtained from all participants at baseline and at three, six and 12 months post-baseline.