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January 2019

Ten Essential Characteristics of Care Coordination

Author Affiliations
  • 1Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, Palo Alto, California
JAMA Pediatr. 2019;173(1):5. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.3107

An enormous and growing literature on care coordination signals the perceived importance of this clinical service, especially for children with complex, long-term health conditions. Increasingly, care coordination encompasses both communication within health care systems and shared responsibilities with other service systems on which children and their families depend. In the absence of meaningful integration of these systems, care coordination is the preferred approach to addressing the acknowledged fragmentation of services.1

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