An approach to family-centered coordinated co-management for individuals with conditions identified through newborn screening

Genet Med. 2013 Mar;15(3):174-7. doi: 10.1038/gim.2012.122. Epub 2013 Jan 31.


The care of individuals with rare heritable conditions, such as those detectable through newborn screening, is an important target for quality improvement. Not only is there great opportunity to improve long-term outcomes, but there are lessons that can be generalized to the care of all children with special health-care needs. To identify an approach to quality improvement for individuals with conditions identified through newborn screening, the National Coordinating Center for the Regional Genetic and Newborn Screening Service Collaboratives convened an expert workgroup to develop strategies based on a family-centered, community-based system of care. These recommendations centered on involving families, the primary care medical home, and specialty care providers as equal partners. Key activities to improve care include explicit care coordination, identification of the location of management, and planned co-management. To implement this model of care, the Regional Collaboratives will develop a clearinghouse of tools, engage in activities to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions to improve co-management, and identify strategies to align incentives for health-care providers and families to work together.

Publication types

  • Guideline
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Genetic Diseases, Inborn / diagnosis
  • Genetic Diseases, Inborn / therapy
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Neonatal Screening*
  • Patient Care Team
  • Patient-Centered Care*