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Practice Strategies to Implement Youth and Family-Centered Care

​​​​​​​​​​P​ediatric practices across the country have implemented different strategies to increase the quality of youth- and family-centered care that is being provided. Below are several specific strategies with related resources:
  • Implement Team Huddles to conduct advanced planning for patient visits, and outline any special needs that patients and families may have.

  • Sample Office Policy: Team Huddle


  • Establish a Family Advisory Group to provide input on the practice, and guidance on potential improvements the practice might make to improve the patient and family experience. 

  • Formally engage family advisors in your practice's quality improvement team, to assist with care coordination, or to provide peer support to other families.


  • ​​Identify local resources to refer families to for information and peer support.
    • ​​​​​​​​​Family-to-Family Health Information Centers (F2Fs) are family-led organizations that provide support and services to families caring for children and youth with special health care needs and to health care clinicians who provide care for those families. Every state has F2Fs that offer free one-on-one assistance to families. 

General Resources

The AAP National Center for Medical Home Implementation developed a monograph entitled, "Positioning the Patient and Family at the Center". This document profiles 17 practices across the US that are implementing "best practices" around family centered care.

The Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) Support & Alignment Network has designed a toolkit entitled, "6 Steps to Creating a Culture of Person and Family Engagement". In addition, they have a resource library of tools and resources to help practices integrate patient partners into clinical transformation and quality improvement efforts. Additional information can be found here

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