Date of Award

2018

Document Type

Poster Session

Department

Occupational Therapy

Advisor

Mary Anderson OTD, OTR/L

Abstract

Family-centered care (FCC) is recognized as an inclusive service delivery model based on the theory that more parental involvement will result in more relevant outcomes for the child and family. It has become the preferred method of service delivery for pediatric providers, including occupational therapists. Although FCC has become the standard, it is unclear how effective it is as a model. We conducted a review of available and best evidence concerning the impact of FCC on children’s outcomes in preschool, in order to provide recommendations for occupational therapists practicing in preschools using FCC. We found that the majority of research currently relies on parental perceptions of the child’s course of treatment rather than specific therapy intervention outcomes for evidence of a working FCC model. Many articles are in agreement that the model is moderately supported. However, higher-level evidence is needed to validate the use of FCC as a practice approach.

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