Definition: Percentage of children ages 0-17 with special health care needs who needed and received, or did not receive, effective care coordination. Care coordination is the organization of patient care activities among two or more providers (including the patient’s family) involved in children’s care to facilitate the appropriate delivery of medical and family support services.
Data Source: Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative, Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health, National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs; as cited in Children with Special Health Care Needs in California: A Profile of Key Issues, Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health (Jan. 2013).
Footnote: Children with special health care needs are defined as those who have or are at increased risk for a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional condition and who also require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally. For more information, see the report in the Data Source above.