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A medical home is not a building, house, or hospital, but rather an approach to providing comprehensive primary care. The creation of a medical home for children with special healthcare needs and their families is an essential child health outcome promoted by the American Academy of Pediatrics. A medical home addresses how a primary healthcare professional works in partnership with the family / patient to assure that all of the medical and non-medical needs of the patient are met. A medical home is defined as primary care that is:
The primary health care professional can help provide access to and coordinate specialty care, educational services, in and out of home care, family support and other public and private community services that are important to the overall health of the child / youth and family.
The National Center for Medical Home Initiatives, an initiative of the American Academy of Pediatrics, helps ensure that all children and youth, including children with special needs, have access to a medical home:
Family Voices has publications on building health care professional / family partnerships.
Family-Centered Care Fact Sheet from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) identifies initiatives for improving patient care, and helps health care systems put those ideas into action. They offer continuing education opportunities, including coordinating care for patients with complex medical needs.
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