A review of the evidence for the medical home for children with special health care needs

Medical home health care is increasingly touted for improved care for persons with chronic conditions, but the evidence has not been systematically assessed. This paper examined the evidence for the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau recommendation that children with special health care needs receive ongoing comprehensive care within a medical home. We selected 33 articles that reported on 30 distinct studies, 10 of which were comparison-group studies. None of the studies examined the medical home in its entirety. Although tempered by weak designs, inconsistent definitions, and inconsistent outcome measures, the preponderance of evidence supported a positive relationship between the medical home and desired outcomes, such as better health status, timeliness of care, family centeredness, and improved family functioning. The evidence provides moderate support for the hypothesis that medical homes provide improved health-related outcomes for children with special health care needs. Additional studies with comparison groups encompassing all or most of the medical home attributes need to be undertaken.

Author(s): 
Homer CJ, Klatka K, Romm D, Kuhlthau K, Bloom S, Newacheck P, Van Cleave J, Perrin JM
Journal: 
Pediatrics
Publication Year: 
2008
Publication Month: 
Oct
Volume: 
122
Issue: 
4
Page Number: 
e922-37
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