Legislative advocacy: Evaluation of a grand rounds intervention for pediatricians

Rachel Bensen, Heidi Roman, Melina Bersamin, Yi Lu, Sarah Horwitz, Lisa J. Chamberlain

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Objective To evaluate the impact of a Grand Rounds Action Alert (GRAA) intervention on the behaviors, knowledge, and attitudes of pediatric grand rounds (GR) attendees; and to assess its acceptability. Methods A cross-sectional, quasi-experimental study was performed at a freestanding children's hospital. GRAA on child health legislative topics were presented in the first 2 minutes of the pediatric GR session as well as posted outside. Each session included an action item, such as writing/signing letters to elected officials or informational sheets with legislator contact information. Main outcome measures included self-reported behavior, advocacy knowledge, attitudes, and acceptability. Results One year after GRAA implementation, GR attendees with high exposure to the intervention were more likely to have written/signed a letter to a legislator compared to those with low/no exposure (60% vs 35%, P =.016). Those with high exposure were also more knowledgeable regarding financing of health care for low-income children (20% vs 5%, P =.027). Attitudes toward advocacy at baseline were positive: respondents agreed it is important to remain informed about (98%) and advocate for (94%) legislation favorable to children's health. Implementing this program was challenging, but the intervention was accepted favorably: 93% of respondents agreed that GRAA should continue. Conclusions GRAA facilitated participation in legislative advocacy behaviors while improving self-perceived knowledge of legislative issues relating to children's health. They were well received in a large tertiary children's hospital.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-185
Number of pages5
JournalAcademic Pediatrics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2014


  • advocacy
  • education
  • grand rounds

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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