Parents, pediatricians, and other health care professionals are encouraged to work together so that all of the needs of children and youths are met. This partnership is at the core of what the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) calls a medical home. The medical home is not a physical place but rather a way of giving a child comprehensive and compassionate primary care. A medical home helps coordinate the medical care and other services your child needs into a single plan for your child’s health. The AAP and other medical organizations support the idea of the medical home as an important part of caring for children with lifelong conditions. This is because the approach has been shown to help children. It is important for families and doctors to feel as if they are partners in the care of the child.

Studies have shown that having a family-centered medical home...

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