Applying Family-centered Care Principles to the Outpatient Pediatric Therapy Setting
Sunday, November 11
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Location: Ballroom H/I - Convention Center
This session will highlight the family-centered approach used in early intervention and discuss how these practices can be modified and applied to pediatric physical therapy in other settings to enhance client relationships, improve motor outcomes and focus on big picture goals that are meaningful for the patient and family. Patient- and family-centered care is described by the Institute of Patient- and Family-Centered Care as “an approach to the planning, delivery, and evaluation of healthcare that is grounded in mutually beneficial partnerships among healthcare providers, patients, and families”. Early Intervention adopts this approach yielding a collaborative relationship between providers and caregivers. This results in families being empowered and feeling invested in the rehabilitation process. Strategies used in family-centered care in the early intervention setting can be adopted for use in other pediatric physical therapy settings to make meaningful changes in client’s lives.
- Explain the family-centered approach and how it can be adopted for use in pediatric outpatient clinical settings.
- Use shared decision making in development of the therapy plan of care and meaningful therapy goals.
- Discuss how the family-centered approach enhances motor learning and maximizes carry over of skills learned during therapy sessions.
- Propose challenges faced by families in implementing medical-based exercises in the home setting and develop effective strategies to enhance family participation in the rehabilitation process.