13. Assessment, and Development of an Interprofessional Plan of Care

  1. Linda L. Eddy
  1. Nancy Lowry and
  2. Patricia Shaw

Published Online: 20 SEP 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118783290.ch13

Caring for Children with Special Healthcare Needs and their Families

Caring for Children with Special Healthcare Needs and their Families

How to Cite

Lowry, N. and Shaw, P. (2013) Assessment, and Development of an Interprofessional Plan of Care, in Caring for Children with Special Healthcare Needs and their Families (ed L. L. Eddy), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., West Sussex, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118783290.ch13

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 SEP 2013
  2. Published Print: 12 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780813820828

Online ISBN: 9781118783290

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Keywords:

  • care coordinator;
  • care plan;
  • CYSHN;
  • electronic health records (EHRS);
  • family engagement

Summary

The foundation for developing the care plan for a child with special health needs begins with a thorough documentation of the child's health history, followed by a comprehensive assessment. The assessment process begins with family engagement and ultimately results in a comprehensive plan of care on which the provider and family can agree. Once the assessment is completed, the provider synthesizes the information and develops a plan of care that will meet the child's and family's goals. Including the parents and the children and youth with special health needs (CYSHCN) when developing the plan of care is crucial. Family support, respite, and counseling should all be considered for inclusion in the plan of care, with the primary goal to decrease the social isolation that is so common with parents of CYSHCN. A resource section outlines several suggested tools that are appropriate for use with CSHCN.