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Developing a Rapid Tic Screening Process for Implementation in a Developmental and Behavioral Pediatric Clinic

Testing a new screening questionnaire to evaluate tics, which are involuntary and repetitive movements or sounds

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Nickname: DBP Tic Screening Study
Project Period: October 2017 - June 2018Boy and Girl Cartoons Holding Hands
Principal Investigators: Heather Adams, Ph.D. and Stephen Sulkes, M.D.
Funded by: American University Centers for Disabilities (AUCD) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The purpose of this study is to improve methods to screen for tics in children who are followed in a developmental and behavioral pediatrics clinic. Tics are repetitive movements or sounds that children make that they cannot control, like eye-blinking or throat-clearing.

  • Participants: Children ages 2-15 who are being seen at the URMC Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) outpatient clinic.
  • Activities:
    • Completion of a short 14-question tic screening form prior to the child's scheduled DBP clinic appointment.
    • Review of the answers to the screening form with a DBP provider during the clinic appointment.
    • A brief meeting (no more than 10 minutes) with a Pediatric Neurology provider after the DBP provider for research assessment of tics. (If patient cannot stay after DBP clinical appointment ends, the neurology provider will call patient within 1-2 weeks to complete this part over the phone.)
  • Time Commitment: The screening form will take about 5-10 minutes to complete online (MyChart) or over the phone prior to the scheduled DBP clinic appointment. Other activities will be completed at/during the regular clinic appointment.
  • Payment: The child will receive a $10 gift card at the end of the visit (after meeting with the Pediatric Neurology provider). The gift card will be mailed if the meeting with the Pediatric Neurology provider will be completed via a phone call.

Contact for Questions

Kris Bonifacio
(585) 275-6365

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