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Committee on Hospital Care

The purpose of the Committee on Hospital Care (COHC) is to advise the AAP Board of Directors on issues related to the care of pediatric patients in a hospital setting. COHC uses the collective wisdom, experience, and multi-disciplinary background of its members to develop and review policy, advocate for physicians and families, and promote quality pediatric healthcare in various hospital settings.
Collaboration between nursing staff, medical providers (primary care, specialists, etc.), home care agencies, paraprofessional staff (physical therapy, occupational therapy, phlebotomy, etc.) and the patients and families is a guiding principle of COHC that is reflected in its composition. Committee members are appointed to represent expertise in primary, subspecialty, and surgical pediatric care; child life; nursing; and administration. A family liaison position was added to the committee to ensure COHC is discussing and addressing the needs of patients and families in its work.

On June 25, 1930, two days after founding the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Executive Board met at the University Club in Detroit, MI. After other business, the Executive Board moved that the new President, Dr Isaac Abt, appoint several committees, one of which was the Committee on Hospitals and Dispensaries. The committee was appointed and soon started its work.

The committee delivered its first report at the 1931 annual meeting. At that time, it proposed to gather information on hospitals in the United States and recommend ways in which they could improve their care of children. The Committee has continued to function ever since. In 1955 it was renamed the Committee on Hospital Care (COHC). The Committee also works closely with the Section on Hospital Medicine (SOHM) on a number of projects and initiatives. 

View policy statements and reports from COHC

View current COHC members

Dealing with Violence in Hospitals/Inpatient Settings​

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