Arkansas — Targeted Issue

Coordinating Discharge Care for Children with Injury and Special Health Care Needs

March 1, 2001 - Feb. 29, 2004

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Project Overview
The goals of this project are 1) to improve the health status of injured and special health care needs children after discharge from inpatient care 2) to improve the coordination of care for these children and their families at and after hospital discharge. This will be accomplished using the following objectives: 1) improved coordination of discharge care for injured and special needs children, 2) development of a longitudinal tracking system to monitor the outcomes of CSHCN from inpatient rehabilitation 3) development and evaluation of a program instituting emergency care plans for CSHCN discharged from the inpatient rehabilitation unit, 4) development, implementation, and evaluation of a new support program entitled: Parent Education and Experience in Rehabilitation (PEER). This program of family support and education will initial target severely injured children and later including children with special health care needs discharged from the inpatient progressive rehabilitation unit for other medical and surgical problems, and 5) development and delivery of a telemedicine lecture series regarding rehabilitation needs of injured children to be delivered to primary care and other physicians throughout the state. The interventions will undergo careful evaluation and be developed into a model program for dissemination throughout EMSC agencies.
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Department of Pediatrics
Main Contact
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Name Role(s) Phone Email
Mary Aitken, MD
  • Principal Investigator


Title Type Publication/Event Published/Presented Identifier Details
Health Status of Children After Admission for Injury Research Paper/Publication Pediatrics 2002