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      Family-Centered Care: Current Applications and Future Directions in Pediatric Health Care


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          Family-centered care (FCC) is a partnership approach to health care decision-making between the family and health care provider. FCC is considered the standard of pediatric health care by many clinical practices, hospitals, and health care groups. Despite widespread endorsement, FCC continues to be insufficiently implemented into clinical practice. In this paper we enumerate the core principles of FCC in pediatric health care, describe recent advances applying FCC principles to clinical practice, and propose an agenda for practitioners, hospitals, and health care groups to translate FCC into improved health outcomes, health care delivery, and health care system transformation.

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          Drawing on several decades of work with families, pediatricians, other health care professionals, and policy makers, the American Academy of Pediatrics provides a definition of family-centered care. In pediatrics, family-centered care is based on the understanding that the family is the child's primary source of strength and support. Further, this approach to care recognizes that the perspectives and information provided by families, children, and young adults are important in clinical decision making. This policy statement outlines the core principles of family-centered care, summarizes the recent literature linking family-centered care to improved health outcomes, and lists various other benefits to be expected when engaging in family-centered pediatric practice. The statement concludes with specific recommendations for how pediatricians can integrate family-centered care in hospitals, clinics, and community settings as well as in more broad systems of care.
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              Primary care--will it survive?


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                Matern Child Health J
                Maternal and Child Health Journal
                Springer US (Boston )
                12 February 2011
                12 February 2011
                February 2012
                : 16
                : 2
                : 297-305
                [1 ]Center for Applied Research and Evaluation, Department of Pediatrics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR USA
                [2 ]Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Pediatrics/CARE Slot 512-26, 1 Children’s Way, Little Rock, AR 72202 USA
                [3 ]Department of Pediatrics, University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, CA USA
                [4 ]Family Voices, Algodones, NM USA
                [5 ]Center for Child and Adolescent Health Policy, MassGeneral Hospital for Children, Boston, MA USA
                [6 ]Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA USA
                [7 ]Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH USA
                [8 ]Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, WA USA
                [9 ]Department of Pediatrics , University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA USA
                © The Author(s) 2011
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                Obstetrics & Gynecology
                family-centered care,family-centered rounds,patient-centered care
                Obstetrics & Gynecology
                family-centered care, family-centered rounds, patient-centered care


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