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J Head Trauma Rehabil. 1999 Aug;14(4):384-93.

Pediatric family-centered rehabilitation.

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Kluge Children's Rehabilitation Center, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903, USA.


Family-centered rehabilitation programs are derived from a philosophy of heath care delivery known as family-centered care. The principles of family-centered care are presented with clinical examples. Its origins are reviewed, and the 10-year process of implementation of family-centered care practice and policy at a children's rehabilitation center are described. Profound changes in behavior are required of the health care professionals as meaningful collaboration with families develops. Key elements of a family-centered rehabilitation program include meaningful participation by families in medical decision making and an institutional culture flexible enough to respond to the ongoing collaboration between families and practitioners.

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