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Practicing Comprehensive Care: A Physician's Operations Manual for Implementing a Medical Home for Children with Special Health Care Needs



Originally published: 1/2000

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Authors: Thomas J. Silva, M.D.; Lisa A. Sofis, M.P.A.; and Judith S. Palfrey, M.D.

This manual is written for pediatricians who want to improve the way they care for children with special health care needs. The authors describe the "medical home" model, a promising approach for care that is "accessible, continuous, comprehensive, family-centered, coordinated, culturally competent and compassionate." (American Academy of Pediatrics, 1992). The manual also highlights the lessons learned from the Pediatric Alliance for Coordinated Care, a Children's Hospital Boston initiative that created an enhanced system of care for this group of children and their families.

For more information, contact the National Center of Medical Home Initiatives, American Academy of Pediatrics: medical_home@aap.org; 847/434-4000 (voice); 847/228-7035 (fax).

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