Elements of a Primary Care Visit

The essential elements of a primary care visit (also known as a well child visit) include: interval history (review of events since the last primary care visit), diet history, sleep history, developmental history, anticipatory guidance (including support services), physical examination, immunizations (as indicated), and review of the plan of care, by the nurse practitioner, with the parent or primary caregiver. These elements have been demonstrated throughout this learning module. Additional assessment and/or screening may be indicated (e.g., assessment of growth and development using screening tools, such as the Denver Developmental Screening Test, hearing screening, vision screening) based on information collected throughout the primary care visit.