Family Partnerships

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Boston Children’s Hospital believes that partnering with our patients and families to help shape the future of our organization is of great value. Our Family Partnerships program helps make this possible. It offers families many ways to work with Boston Children’s leadership and clinical staff on projects that help to make hospital processes and the patient and family experience better.

If you would like to get involved in our Family Partnerships program, click here to tell us more about yourself.

Have questions? E-mail FamilyPartnerships@childrens.harvard.edu

About Family-Centered Care at Boston Children’s

Family-centered care, an approach where families work in partnership with their health care team to guide their child’s plan of care, is a key practice at Boston Children’s Hospital. . We also take the practice of family-centered care beyond the bedside, encouraging families to become involved in project work for the hospital.

Our practice of family-centered care is based on the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care’s core concepts:

  • Respect and dignity. The health care team listens to and respects patient and family views and choices. Patient and family knowledge, values, beliefs and culture are included into the planning and delivery of care.
  • Information Sharing. The health care team shares all information with patients and families in a way that is supportive and useful. Patients and families receive timely, complete and correct information, so they can make choices about their child’s plan of care.
  • Participation. Patients and families are encouraged to become involved in their child’s plan of care at the level they choose.
  • Collaboration. Hospital staff work together with patients and families in:
    • policy and program development, implementation and evaluation
    • design and improvement of hospital facilities
    • professional education
    • delivery of care

The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO
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