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May 2, 2011

Understanding Family Experiences of Care: More Evidence That It Makes a Difference

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Center for Innovation in Chronic Disease Care, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011;165(5):470-471. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2011.35

There is growing, but inconsistent evidence, that patients' and families' experiences of receiving care are associated with subsequent health outcomes and health care use.1-6 In this issue of the Archives, Raphael et al7 report new evidence that some, but not all, aspects of parents' reported quality of care are associated with reduced nonurgent emergency department (ED) visits and some hospitalizations among children with special health care needs (CSHCN).