Families are an important part of a child’s care team. Communication between family members and the care team treating your child is key for your child’s ongoing care. Because of the pace of life in the hospital, it may be difficult to schedule time with all care team members in one place.
A family care conference is a specific, scheduled meeting with all care team members in the same place. A family care conference includes the patient (your child), parent(s) or guardian(s), and the entire care team.
A family care conference may be called if:
The family care conference team may include the following health providers:
Whether the conference is called by a provider or a family member, the goals are to:
Ask any member of your child’s care team that you would like a family care conference. The care team member will talk to the attending physician to schedule the conference. A time will be chosen that is most convenient for all parties to be present. A child’s health care team also will assess and call a family care conference if needed. However, you can ask for a care conference any time you feel the entire team should meet to discuss your child’s care.