Care Maps and Care plans for Children with Medical Complexity

Title

Care Maps and Care plans for Children with Medical Complexity

Creator

Adams S; Nicholas D; Mahant S; Weiser N; Kanani R; Boydell K; Cohen E

Identifier

Publisher

Child: Care, Health and Development

Date

2018

Subject

medical complexity; care maps; care plans

Description

Abstract Introduction The support of families in the care of children with medical complexity (CMC) requires the integration of health care provider (HCP) medical knowledge and family experience. Care plans largely represent HCP information and care maps demonstrate the family experience. Understanding the intersection between a care plan and care map is critical, as it may provide solutions to the widely recognized tension between HCP-directed care and patient- and family-centered care (PFCC). Method This study used qualitative methods to explore the experience and usefulness of care maps. Parents of CMC who already had a care plan, created care maps (n=15). Subsequent interviews with parents (n=15) and HCPs (n=30) of CMC regarding both care maps and care plans were conducted and analyzed using thematic analysis. Results Data analysis exploring the relationship and utility of care plans and care maps revealed six primary themes related to using care plans and care maps that were grouped into two primary categories: 1) Utility of care plans and maps; and 2) Intersection of care plans and care maps. Discussion Care plans and care maps were identified as valuable complementary documents. Their integration offers context about family experience and respects the parents? experiential wisdom in a standard patient care document, thus promoting improved understanding and integration of the family experience into care decision making.

Citation List Month

January 2019 List

Collection

Citation

Adams S; Nicholas D; Mahant S; Weiser N; Kanani R; Boydell K; Cohen E, “Care Maps and Care plans for Children with Medical Complexity,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed May 22, 2022, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/15913.

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