Imagine caring for a child who has twelve different medical problems; is treated by twelve distinct sub-specialists, requires home care, has school issues and falls sick continuously. For parents and caregivers of children with medically complex conditions, this is life. These children are a diverse group with diagnostic conditions that are individually rare but collectively relatively common. Children with Complex Health Needs (CCHN) are a vulnerable and growing group of children who have multiple health needs, requiring multiple services from multiple sectors in multiple locations. Care coordination for this population of children is challenging and if not optimized can lead to poor child and family centered health. The Norman Saunders Complex Care Initiative, affectionately known as ‘Complex Care Program’ at the Hospital for Sick Children provides specialized care and services for such children. The Complex Care Team is made up of staff physicians, nurse practitioners, CNS, social workers, pharmacists, dieticians, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, information coordinators and a clinical director.
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