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AAP: Retail Health Clinics "Inappropriate" for Kids' Primary Care — Physician’s First Watch

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February 25, 2014

AAP: Retail Health Clinics "Inappropriate" for Kids' Primary Care

By Amy Orciari Herman

Retail-based health clinics are an "inappropriate source of primary care for pediatric patients, as they fragment medical care and are detrimental to the medical home concept of longitudinal and coordinated care," according to an updated policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Published in Pediatrics, the statement emphasizes that the medical home is the "optimal standard of care," a standard that retail clinics do not meet. The AAP notes that if a pediatrician does use a retail clinic to expand patient access to acute care, then the pediatrician (and medical home) should establish a collaborative relationship with that clinic. For example, the clinic should quickly communicate all information with the pediatric medical home after patient visits, and it should refer all patients back to the pediatrician.

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