Challenges Faced by Latino Caregivers in Transportation of Children with Medical Complexity

This article reports on a qualitative study undertaken to describe transportation challenges faced by Latino children with medical complexity (n = 70) in the U.S. and to identify strategies that could address these challenges. The authors collected data over an 18-month period for each child, obtained from care coordinators' encounter logs and reported experiences in North Carolina. Using thematic content analysis and an iterative process, the authors identified recurrent themes related to transportation challenges. The study found that caregivers of Latino children with medical complexity deal with many challenges transporting their children to medical appointments. These challenges can include lack of vehicle, inability to drive, lack of driver's license due to immigration status, and lack of resources to maintain a vehicle. Transportation problems can lead to missed medical appointments for the child and lost work for the caregiver. The authors discuss the vital role that care coordinators can play in addressing these children and their caregivers. The authors also provide a list of potential interventions, targeted at multiple levels, to address the transportation challenges faced by these families.


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  • Accession Number: 01723068
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 14 2019 3:44PM