Family-Centered Medical Home Overview

A medical home is an approach to providing comprehensive primary care that facilitates partnership between patients, physicians, and families.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) believes that every child deserves a medical home where care is:

  • Accessible
  • Continuous
  • Comprehensive
  • Patient- and family-centered
  • Coordinated
  • Compassionate
  • Culturally effective

In the pediatric population, a medical home should include:

  • Patient- and family-centered partnership: a trusting, collaborative, working partnership with families, respecting diversity and recognizing that the family is the constant in a child’s life.
  • Community-based system: a patient- and family-centered coordinated network of community-based services designed to promote the healthy development and well - being of children and their families. The medical home works with a coordinated team, provides ongoing primary care, and facilitates access to and coordinates with a broad range of specialty, ancillary, and related community services.
  • Transitions: optimize life-long health and well-being and potential through the provision of high-quality, developmentally appropriate, health care services that continue uninterrupted from childhood to adulthood.
  • Value: appropriate financing to support and sustain medical homes that promote system-wide quality care with optimal health outcomes, family satisfaction, and cost efficiency..

In March 2007, the AAP joined with the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American College of Physicians (ACP), and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to publish the Joint Principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home PDF. This consensus statement describes seven principles of a medical home, which include:

  • Personal physician
  • Physician-directed medical practice
  • Whole-person orientation
  • Coordinated care
  • Quality and safety
  • Enhanced access
  • Appropriate payment

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For additional information on medical home, please visit the Medical Home Literature and Medical Home Media pages.


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