Communication, comanagement, and collaborative care for children and youth with special healthcare needs

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Department of Pediatrics; Meyers Primary Care Institute

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Adolescent; Child; Child Health Services; Child, Preschool; Communication; Continuity of Patient Care; Cooperative Behavior; *Disabled Children; Humans; Interprofessional Relations; *Models, Organizational; Parents; Patient-Centered Care; Pediatrics; Practice Guidelines as Topic; Professional-Family Relations; Referral and Consultation


Health Services Research | Pediatrics | Primary Care


Case report: Antonio is a 14-year-old patient well known to a pediatric practice. He has cerebral palsy with spastic quadriplegia, is nonverbal, has a stable seizure disorder, and has severe scoliosis. He has had some problems with poor nutrition and osteopenia in the past. He had a recent episode of viral pneumonia, which resulted in hospitalization in the pediatric intensive care unit for 2 weeks. It is becoming apparent that his scoliosis affects his respiratory function, and that he may require surgery. His mother is single, cares for him full time, and speaks only Spanish, although family support is excellent.

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Pediatr Ann. 2009 Sep;38(9):498-504. doi: 10.3928/00904481-20090820-09. Link to article on publisher's site

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Pediatric annals

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