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Child Health Care. 1983 Fall;12(2):86-9.

The REACH Project: an innovative health delivery model for medically dependent children.

Abstract

Rural Efforts to Assist Children at Home (REACH) is a service/demonstration and training project designed to provide specialized health care and case management services to medically dependent children in a 16-county area in central FLorida. REACH nurses, acting as Health Care Coordinators, provide instruction, consultation, coordination, and supervision of health care services in collaboration with tertiary care physicians and services at the University of Florida Health Center. Patients include infants, children, and adolescents with a wide variety of chronic illnesses including leukemia, muscular dystrophy, pulmonary disorders, failure to thrive, and seizure disorders. In addition to extensive work with families in the home, the REACH program incorporates a feedback system for its nurses, a progress-oriented record system, carefully designed agreements between tertiary care centers and community agencies, and an innovative training program for its nurses. REACH intends to serve about 1000 children during its 3-year demonstration phase. Success will be based on careful monitoring of costs, family functioning, and school attendance. If successful, the project will provide a model for the structured utilization of health and social services for families with medically dependent children.

PMID:
10264195
DOI:
10.1207/s15326888chc1202_7
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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