Family-oriented and family-centered care in pediatrics

Massimo Pettoello-Mantovani, Angelo Campanozzi, Luigi Maiuri, Ida Giardino

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Background. To humanize the management of children in hospitals has become a serious concern of civil society and one of the main goals of public and private health centers, health care providers and governments. Discussion. The concepts of family-centered and family-oriented care are discussed with the aim to emphasize their importance in pediatrics. Notions related to family-centered care, such as cultural diversity and cultural competence, are also discussed given the importance they have gained following the recent transformations of socioeconomic, demographic and ethnic characteristics of economically advantaged Countries. Family-centered care has developed as a result of the increased awareness of the importance of meeting the psychosocial and developmental needs of children and of the role of families in promoting the health and well-being of their children. Family-oriented care aims at extending the responsibilities of the pediatrician to include screening, assessment, and referral of parents for physical, emotional, social problems or health risk behaviors that can adversely affect the health and emotional or social well-being of their child. Summary. Family-centered and family-oriented care concepts should be incorporated into all aspects of pediatricians' professional practice, whether it is private practice or in public hospitals, to better serve the needs of ill children.

Original languageEnglish
Article number12
JournalItalian Journal of Pediatrics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - May 12 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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