Treatment of children at freestanding urgent care facilities has become common in pediatric health care. Well-managed freestanding urgent care facilities can improve the health of the children in their communities, integrate into the medical community, and provide a safe, effective adjunct to, but not a replacement for, the medical home or emergency department. Recommendations are provided for optimizing freestanding urgent care facilities' quality, communication, and collaboration in caring for children.
Ambulatory Care Facilities; Child; Emergency Medical Services; Humans; Patient Care Team; Patient-Centered Care; Pediatrics; Quality Assurance, Health Care; Referral and Consultation; United States
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