At Texas Children’s Pediatrics, we understand the importance of developing a trusting, long-term relationship with your child’s pediatrician. Doing so not only allows you to get to know your pediatrician – providing a consistent resource for your entire family – but also impacts your child’s health now and in the future.
We believe strongly in the medical home model, providing primary care that is accessible, continuous, comprehensive, family-centered, coordinated, compassionate and culturally effective to every child and adolescent. What this means is a medical home can address preventative, acute and chronic care from birth through the transition to adulthood. An effective medical home also facilitates an integrated health system with an interdisciplinary team of patients and families, primary care physicians, hospitals, public health and the community.
Providing a medical home for our families at Texas Children’s Pediatrics can positively impact outcomes for children. In a tangible sense, this can mean many things for families. For instance, by having consistent care and access to a pediatrician who knows your child there is a greater opportunity for your pediatrician to identify potential health concerns earlier and therefore come up with an appropriate plan of action.
In addition, by developing this trusting partnership with a dedicated pediatrician you demonstrate to your child the importance you place on consistently maintaining health and addressing issues promptly, and we all know children pay closer attention to and emulate our actions more than we realize. Having a trusted partner in their health care can have a greater impact on your child as they become adolescents as well. As your child grows, we want him/her to be comfortable sharing information with their pediatrician and this is easier if they too have developed such a relationship. This not only helps us as pediatricians to deliver the best care, but also helps create a healthy habit for your child and empowers them to take ownership of their health care.