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Better child health outcomes, higher family satisfaction, and decreased cost of care are some of the documented outcomes of providing pediatric care in a comprehensive medical home. 

The medical home recognizes the family as a constant in a child’s life and emphasizes partnership between health care professionals and families. Yet researchers have not specifically asked parents which components of the medical home they most value or how satisfied they are with the care their child receives. Now, findings from a survey of parents in California suggest that parents most value ready access to care and a family-centered approach. Practices looking to improve the care they offer might focus on those components.


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A new article in the Journal of Pediatric Health Care from the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center discusses best practices for supporting diverse membership in children's hospital patient and family advisory councils and advancing the involvement of patient and family advisors in hospital-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion projects and initiatives.

This fact sheet summarizes the results of a survey of nearly 650 caregivers of CYSHCN about their experiences trying to access pediatric specialty care in California.