Selecting Health Care for Families with Children and Youth

The selection of health care is one of the most significant choices parents make for their children and youth below the age of 18 years. However, the selection process is often informal and nonsystematic. The purpose of this discussion is to present selection criteria developed by experts in the nursing discipline. The criteria, or “elements of excellence,” are presented as guidelines for selection of health care for families.


Leaders of pediatric and women's health nurses organizations first met in 1999 to begin developing an organized collection of concepts drawn from organization standards of care. These concepts were used for identifying and linking quality indicators and measures for establishing elements of excellence to use in selection of health care.

This initial meeting included presidents from the (a) ...

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