Maternal and Child Health Journal

, Volume 19, Issue 8, pp 1744–1755 | Cite as

Parental Perceptions of Family Centered Care in Medical Homes of Children with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

  • Michaela L. Zajicek-Farber
  • Gaetano R. Lotrecchiano
  • Toby M. Long
  • Jon Matthew Farber


Life course theory sets the framework for strong inclusion of family centered care (FCC) in quality medical homes of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities (CNDD). The purpose of this study was to explore the perceptions of families with their experiences of FCC in medical homes for CNDD. Using a structured questionnaire, the Family-Centered Care Self-Assessment Tool developed by Family Voices, this study surveyed 122 parents of CNDD in a large urban area during 2010–2012. Data collected information on FCC in the provision of primary health care services for CNDD and focused on family-provider partnerships, care setting practices and policies, and community services. Frequency analysis classified participants’ responses as strengths in the “most of the time” range, and weaknesses in the “never” range. Only 31 % of parents were satisfied with the primary health care their CNDD received. Based on an accepted definition of medical home services, 16 % of parents reported their CNDD had most aspects of a medical home, 64 % had some, and 20 % had none. Strengths in FCC were primarily evident in the family-provider partnership and care settings when focused on meeting the medical care needs of the child. Weaknesses in FCC were noted in meeting the needs of families, coordination, follow-up, and support with community resources. Improvements in key pediatric health care strategies for CNDD are recommended. CNDD and their families have multifaceted needs that require strong partnerships among parents, providers, and communities. Quality medical homes must include FCC and valued partnerships with diverse families and community-based providers.


Family centered care Children with disabilities Medical home Pediatric health Coordination Partnership 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michaela L. Zajicek-Farber
    • 1
  • Gaetano R. Lotrecchiano
    • 2
  • Toby M. Long
    • 3
  • Jon Matthew Farber
    • 4
  1. 1.National Catholic School of Social Service (NCSSS)The Catholic University of America (CUA)WashingtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Clinical Research and Leadership and of Pediatrics, School of Medicine and Health SciencesGeorge Washington University (GWU)WashingtonUSA
  3. 3.Center for Child and Human DevelopmentGeorgetown University (GU)WashingtonUSA
  4. 4.ALL PediatricsAlexandriaUSA

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