Children’s Health Foundation pediatricians are using their learnings from the CHF Pediatric Care Management Improvement Collaborative and other regional and national research to guide their approaches to addressing the varied medical and overall care needs of children, especially those with chronic or complex medical and psychosocial conditions.

In pediatrics, chronic medical conditions are just one factor contributing to the child/family’s need for an effective pediatric medical home care team. Other important factors include the child’s physical, social and mental functioning; as well as the family’s resources, structure and dynamics. Pediatrician members of the Children’s Health Foundation recognize the importance of these multi-faceted considerations when delivering top quality pediatric care. Currently, the following factors have surfaced as key considerations in understanding the pediatric medical home needs of children and families:

  • Medical Complexity (based on number and severity of chronic conditions)
  • Family Factors affecting the support needed for optimal self-management of the child’s medical condition and overall health
  • Patient Functioning Factors affecting the support needed for optimal self-management of the child’s medical condition and overall health

Pediatrician members of the Children’s Health Foundation are working in 2013 to better understand the multi-faceted needs of children and families and to enhance their delivery of personalized, patient-centered pediatric care.