Family Engagement

A National Study of Patient and Family Advisory Councils in U.S. Children's Hospitals


Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care

Primary Contact

Pam Dardess

Grant Amount

$249,848 for 18 months

Date Awarded

October 2019


Patient- and Family-Centered Care is an accepted quality standard for adult and pediatric care, but its principles have not been widely adopted as drivers of health care systems improvement. To address this, some hospitals and health plans have developed Patient and Family Advisory Councils (PFAC). This grant will support work to understand current PFAC practices in U.S. children’s hospitals, define the characteristics of high-performing councils, and develop and distribute policy and practice recommendations nationwide.

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