TABLE 1

Overview of Focus-Group Questions

Current well-child care experiences
    Why do you go to well-child visits? What are some important things that happen at these visits?
    Does your child see the same doctor each time you have a visit? Is this important to you? Why or why not?
    What do you wish your doctor/health care provider had talked to you about at this point in your child's life but hasn't? Have you tried to find information from other sources?
    Describe what a “perfect” well-child visit would be like for you and your family.
New ways to think about well-child care
    What would you think about a new way of organizing well-child visits focused on specific topics or issues that were based on your child's stage of development at that time? What do you like about this idea? What do you dislike?
    Some parents and doctors have brought up the idea of having some well-child visits as a group, with other families. What do you think of this idea? What do you like? Dislike?
    What do you think about getting information about your child's growth and development in ways other than a personal visit with your pediatrician (eg, pediatric nurses and nurse practitioners, social service providers, educators)? Are there ways that you would like to get information about your child's development and behavior using technology such as the telephone, e-mail, or the Internet?
    What kinds of things could doctors/health care providers do to make their offices more responsive to your needs? [prompts: waiting room, examination rooms, office staff]
    If you could tell doctors/health care providers 1 thing that would improve well-child care experiences for you and your family, what would it be?
    How can your child's doctor best help you do a good job as a parent?