Physicians, other primary care providers and office staff can find resources and tools that can help you work “smarter,” not harder, for your pediatric patients, especially those with developmental delays, disabilities and chronic health conditions, and their families.
What is a Medical Home?
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) believes that all children, particularly children with special health care needs, should have a medical home. A medical home is not just a place, it is a “family-centered way” of providing comprehensive primary health care services in a coordinated manner.
Primary health care providers, medical specialists, and community service providers partner with families to optimize the child’s health and development, and assist with accessing services as close to home as possible.
Families whose children receive comprehensive, coordinated care through a known and trusted primary care provider report greater satisfaction with the care, fewer emergency room visits, fewer parental days of lost work and other benefits.
In this Section
Resources for Clinicians
Partnering with Families