Family Engagement Issue Briefs
November 29, 2018

Parent Survey: Most Valuable Components of Medical Home

By: Edward L. Schor, MD, Lori Turk-Bicakci, PhD, and Holly Henry, PhD

Better child health outcomes, higher family satisfaction, and decreased cost of care are some of the documented outcomes of providing pediatric care in a comprehensive medical home. 

The medical home recognizes the family as a constant in a child's life and emphasizes partnership between health care professionals and families. Yet researchers have not specifically asked parents which components of the medical home they most value or how satisfied they are with the care their child receives. Now, findings from a survey of parents in California suggest that parents most value ready access to care and a family-centered approach. Practices looking to improve the care they offer might focus on those components.