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Pediatric Physical Therapy:
doi: 10.1097/PEP.0b013e31823e0686
Review Articles

Care Coordination for Children With Special Health Care Needs and Roles for Physical Therapists

McSpadden, Caitlin PT, MPT; Therrien, Mari PT, MPT; McEwen, Irene R. PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this article is to summarize the research on the possible benefits of care coordination for children with special health care needs and explore potential roles for physical therapists in care coordination, including roles as primary care coordinators, members of interprofessional teams, advocates, and researchers.

Key points: The medical home model is described. Benefits of care coordination are reviewed. Potential roles for physical therapists in care coordination are outlined. The barriers to care coordination are reviewed and recommendations to reduce barriers and better prepare therapists for care coordination are offered.

Conclusion: Therapists need to be aware of and adapt to change in care models to be the provider of choice.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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