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Pediatrics. 2015 Jan;135(1):e255-72. doi: 10.1542/peds.2014-3424.

Patient- and family-centered care of children in the emergency department.


Patient- and family-centered care is an approach to the planning, delivery, and evaluation of health care that is grounded in a mutually beneficial partnership among patients, families, and health care professionals. Providing patient- and family-centered care to children in the emergency department setting presents many opportunities and challenges. This revised technical report draws on previously published policy statements and reports, reviews the current literature, and describes the present state of practice and research regarding patient- and family-centered care for children in the emergency department setting as well as some of the complexities of providing such care.


children; emergency department; family-centered care; patient-centered care

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