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Nurs Clin North Am. 2013 Jun;48(2):305-17. doi: 10.1016/j.cnur.2013.01.010. Epub 2013 Feb 22.

Health care autonomy in children with chronic conditions: implications for self-care and family management.

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  • 1Center for Health Equity Research, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Room 243 (2Lower) Claire M. Fagin Hall, 418 Curie Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19104-4217, USA. Electronic address:


Health care autonomy typically occurs during late adolescence but health care providers and families often expect children with chronic health conditions to master self-care earlier. Few studies have examined the development of health care autonomy as it pertains to self-care and family management. This review links the 3 concepts and discusses the implications for families and health care providers. Case studies are provided as exemplars to highlight areas where intervention and research is needed.

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