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Bar graph: Children by Location Bar graph: Children by Location and Presence of Special Health Care Needs

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Components of the Medical Home:
Family-Centered Care

Another important aspect of the medical home is whether or not children receive care that is “family-centered;” that is, whether parents report that their children’s doctors usually or always spend enough time with them, listen carefully to their concerns, are sensitive to their values and customs, provide needed information, make the family feel like a partner in their child’s care, and provide an interpreter when needed. Together, these measures of family-centered care provide an important picture of how comfortable families feel with their children’s medical care. Overall, of the children who had at least one medical visit in the past year, two-thirds (67.4 percent) were reported to have received care that was family-centered. This proportion did not vary significantly by location. In urban and small rural areas, children with special health care needs (CSHCN) were less likely than children without special health care needs to receive family-centered care. Only in small rural areas were CSCHN more likely to receive family-centered care.

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