Postal surveys were conducted in 1993 among all, or samples of, six groups of providers and managers of pre-school child health surveillance (CHS) in England and Wales. Content analyses were also carried out of strategic policy statements for CHS produced by 54 district health authorities in England and Wales. The surveys aimed to document the views and experiences of CHS providers and managers about the impact of recent changes affecting the structure and operation of CHS, including the publication of Health for All Children, the 1990 Contract for General Practitioners (GPs), the implementation of the National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990, and the changing roles of community doctors and health visitors. Five positive findings from the surveys are discussed: the impact of the first edition of Health for All Children; improvements in the development and use of child health information systems; the beneficial effects of the growing involvement of GPs in CHS; the developing understanding of, and commitment to, the principle of clinical audit in CHS; and the growing collaboration between providers in the NHS internal market. A separate paper reports the negative findings from the study
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