Healthcare Quarterly

Healthcare Quarterly 19(1) April 2016 : 55-60.doi:10.12927/hcq.2016.24608
Advancing Standards Of Care

Standard of Care in Pediatrics: Integrating Family-Centred Care and Social Determinants of Health

Karen Ho, Randi Zlotnik Shaul, Lee Ann Chapman and Elizabeth Lee Ford-Jones


In pediatric healthcare, there is a recognized need to address social determinants of health (SDOH) to positively influence child health and development. In addition, family-centred care (FCC) recognizes the value of the family unit in affecting individual patient experiences of illness and care. However, pediatric healthcare that incorporates principles of FCC and SDOH may be interpreted as calling on clinicians to deviate from or add to practices that form an accepted standard of care. This paper explores the legal and ethical considerations of doing so and describes practical responses to these challenging situations.



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