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J Pediatr Health Care. 2013 Jul-Aug;27(4):293-303. doi: 10.1016/j.pedhc.2012.03.002. Epub 2012 May 4.

Care coordination for children with complex special health care needs: the value of the advanced practice nurse's enhanced scope of knowledge and practice.

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  • 1School of Nursing, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA.


Efficiency and effectiveness of care coordination depends on a match between the needs of the population and the skills, scope of practice, and intensity of services provided by the care coordinator. Existing literature that addresses the relevance of the advanced practice nurse (APN) role as a fit for coordination of care for children with special health care needs (SHCN) is limited. The objective of this article is to describe the value of the APN's enhanced scope of knowledge and practice for relationship-based care coordination in health care homes that serve children with complex SHCN. The TeleFamilies project is provided as an example of the integration of an APN care coordinator in a health care home for children with SHCN.

Copyright © 2013 National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

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