Family-centered principles implemented in home-based, clinic-based, and school-based pediatric settings

Patricia E. Fingerhut, Jocelyn Piro, Ashley Sutton, Rachel Campbell, Christy Lewis, Dilshad Lawji, Nicole Martinez

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OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study was to determine whether pediatric occupational therapy practitioners implemented family-centered principles in their practice. METHOD: Twenty-eight occupational therapy practitioners were interviewed in three practice settings: home based, clinic based, and school based. A grounded theory approach was used to analyze the results. Responses were compared across respondents and across practice settings. RESULTS: Responses varied among practitioners and, more significantly, practice settings. A continuum of family-centered practice was demonstrated, with home-based practice as the most family centered, schoolbased practice as the least family centered, and clinic practice varying in between. CONCLUSION: Occupational therapy practitioners are familiar with most principles of family-centered practice. However, implementation of those principles differs significantly across practice settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)228-235
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Occupational Therapy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2013


  • Child health services
  • Early intervention (education)
  • Family health
  • Home care services
  • Occupational therapy
  • Professional-family relations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Occupational Therapy


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