ERIC Number: ED382305
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Analysis of the Concept of Primary Care for Children and Adolescents: A Policy Research Brief.
Johansen, Anne S.; And Others
This document examines the 10 essential attributes of primary health care contained in the U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau's definition of primary care. Primary care for children and adolescents is personal health care delivered in the context of family, culture, and community; the range of services meets all but the most uncommon health needs of the individuals and families being served. Primary care includes first contact care, and is continuous, coordinated, comprehensive, community oriented, family centered, accessible, culturally competent, developmentally appropriate, and accountable. Research focusing on the benefits of each of these attributes is discussed. It is argued that the health of children will greatly improve if every child has a primary care provider who provides care that is characterized by all 10 attributes. Contains 61 references. (MDM)
Descriptors: Accountability, Child Health, Community Health Services, Comprehensive Programs, Cultural Awareness, Definitions, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Family Involvement, Health Needs, Medical Services, Primary Health Care, Public Policy
National Maternal and Child Health Clearinghouse (NMCHC), 8201 Greensboro Drive, Suite 600, McLean, VA 22102-3810 (free).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Washington, DC. Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
Authoring Institution: Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD. School of Hygiene and Public Health.