Primary Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs

Boy with mom, doctor and nurseCompleted in 2001, the Primary Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs was developed by VCHIP in partnership with the Center for Medical Home Improvement (CMHI) to assess the awareness of Vermont primary care pediatricians of the medical home and family-centered practice concept models.

Objective

It is estimated that nationally, nearly 20% of children seen in general pediatric practices have chronic conditions affecting their health or development. This population is referred to as “children with special health care needs.” Many of these children receive medical care that is spread out among specialty clinics, schools, and special programs without any true coordination between these entities. Over the past decade, the concept of a primary care medical home has emerged as a way of clarifying the role of the primary care practitioner in promoting the health of children with special health care needs

Accomplishments

In 2001, VCHIP, under contract from the Center for Medical Home Improvement (CMHI), conducted a survey of Vermont primary care pediatricians to assess their awareness of the concepts of the medical home and family-centered practice models to determine obstacles pediatricians perceive in meeting medical home criteria. Results from this survey informed the first phase of a project conducted by CMHI to improve care for children with special health care needs.

Project Contact

Sara Barry, MPH