Family Support in Community Pediatrics: Confronting New Challenges

Family Support in Community Pediatrics: Confronting New Challenges

Family Support in Community Pediatrics: Confronting New Challenges

Family Support in Community Pediatrics: Confronting New Challenges

Synopsis

Written by a pediatrician for pediatric clinicians on the front line in response to the ever increasing obligations they acquire for the well being of children, this book focuses on the potential of health care to impact the social morbidities that affect children's health. Dr. Rushton does not suggest that child health practitioners must do more, but rather they must reorient their efforts in order to achieve optimal outcomes for children. As specialists in child health, pediatric clinicians have skills they can utilize to ensure better outcomes for children, but doing so will require a reorganization of health supervision and the establishment of links with other social services.

Excerpt

This book is written primarily for child health care providers on the front line, who are caring for patients day by day. By child health care providers, we mean pediatricians, nurse practitioners, and family- medicine physicians who care for children. We understand the pressures on these providers as they attempt, with empathy and compassion, to assist and support parents in rearing their children within the intricate and complex societal systems present today. We don't intend in this book to leave the reader with the impression that child health practitioners must do more, but rather, perhaps orient their efforts in a manner more meaningful for the children of this country. The crux of this book is to provide a template for thoughtful consideration by the thousands of pediatric providers who care deeply about their profession. This is a book for private practitioners, community health professionals, academicians who support them, and all those others who want to ensure that our children are nurtured by our child health care system.

In a personal sense, this book is another step in a long journey to search for meaning in my daily routines as a pediatric practitioner. I, like most pediatricians, receive frequent messages of thanks from the patients and families with whom I work. Yet I find myself feeling inadequate to the task of meeting their needs as we interact within the confines of our current pediatric health care system. Largely as a result of this feeling of inadequacy, I have become part of a process in South Carolina to make pediatric well-child care . . .

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