Care partnership support addresses family access and communication—the hallmark of an effective family-centered medical home. In this section, you will find resources and tools to ensure family-centered care and enhance communication between a practice and its patients and families.
You can find additional resources in the "Building Your Medical Home" resource.
Patient- and family-centered care redefines the relationships in health care. According to the core principles of patient- and family- centered care developed by the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care,
The National Partnership for Women & Families developed nine principles of family-centered care to guide the development and implementation of the medical home. These principles encourage care that puts the patient first, emphasizes open communication, and supports the patient and his or her caregivers.
Family-centered care, as defined by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), is a respectful family/professional partnership that honors the strengths, cultures, traditions, and expertise that everyone brings to the relationship. Family-centered care is the standard of practice which results in high quality services.
Patient and Family Centered Care Resources:
For additional information on family-centered medical home, visit the Family-Centered Medical Home Overview page of the NCMHI Web site.
Brochures and Flyers
Coloring Sheets and Bookmarks
Practice Web sites
In an effective medical home, the child’s or youth’s and family’s cultural background, including beliefs, rituals, and customs, are recognized, valued, respected, and incorporated into the care plan. Further, all efforts are made to ensure that the child or youth and family understand the results of the medical encounter and the care plan, including the provision of (para)professional translators or interpreters, as needed.
Resources for Patients/Families
Resources for Providers
Promising Practices in Cultural Competency
Language Access Survey: Information from the Field
More information and data from the AAP on Changes in Language Services Use by US Pediatricians can be found in the July 2013 issue of Pediatrics.
Medical Home Interview Videos