Medical Homes for Children in Iowa: Results from the 2010 Iowa Child and Family Household Health Survey

Damiano, P.C.; Bentler, S.E.; Park, K.; Willard, J.C.


In 2002, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) defined a patient centered medical home (PCMH) as a method of care delivery by physicians that is accessible, continuous, comprehensive, family-centered, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally ffective.1 The PCMH, which is also known simply as a medical home, is especially important for children with special health care needs (CSHCNs) whose requirements for care are beyond those for other children and who could particularly benefit from the service coordination available in a medical home.

The information in this brief regarding the factors related to whether or not children in Iowa were receiving care that met the definition of a medical home comes from the 2010 Iowa Child and Family Household Health Survey (IHHS). The IHHS is a population-based survey of children and families in Iowa that investigates a broad set of issues regarding the health and well-being of children in Iowa. Questions about the presence of a medical home were added to the 2010 survey to evaluate the quality and comprehensiveness of the care of children in Iowa, especially for those most in need.