How should parents choose a doctor for their children?
- “Parents should first evaluate that the Pediatrician is Board Certified, follows evidence-based medicine, and maintains certifications. You can search for Board Certified Pediatricians here. The Pediatrician should offer family-centered care through developing a trusting partnership with families, respecting their diversity and personal needs, recognizing that they are the constant in a child’s life. You may also want to find a pediatrician that is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
This will be a long-term relationship. Continuity with the same provider is preferred. The child’s Pediatrician should become familiar with not only the child, but also the whole family, and be able to develop a partnership of mutual responsibility and trust.
The office should provide assurance that ambulatory and referral to inpatient care for acute illnesses will be continuously available (24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year).
Maintenance of an accessible to parents, comprehensive, central electronic medical record that contains all pertinent information about the child, while preserving confidentiality.”
Request a prenatal visit to ask questions.
After you've had a chance to talk with the doctor and other members of the care team, do you feel you will work well together? Is the doctor willing to explain things carefully? Does the doctor seem to be a good listener? Will you be comfortable asking questions? Do you think the doctor would mind if you wanted to get a second opinion?
Do you and your doctor share beliefs about issues that are important to you? For example, how does the doctor feel about circumcision? Breastfeeding? Alternative or integrative medicines or techniques? Use of antibiotics and other medicines? Remember that the doctor may be seeing your child for years to come.
What services can we find at CH.A.M.PS (Child and Adolescent Maui Physicians) Pediatrics in Kihei?
“Our goal is to provide parents easy access to expert Pediatric medical care in a Pediatric only kid-friendly office. Every parent desires for their child to be more than a number. This is why, in addition to all the routine well newborn, child and adolescent check-ups, sports physical and developmental evaluations, we offer complimentary prenatal and first aid classes, same day or next day sick appointments in person or via Telehealth platform with their Pediatrician, pulmonary function testing for children with asthma and personalized care for children with chronic medical conditions or history of prematurity.
Prenatal classes and meet and greet appointments are available. We believe it is essential that you and your doctor are the right fit.
in addition, our affiliation with Kapiolani Medical Center with direct access to patient records and specialists, allows us to be the medical home children need when coordinating a multi-specialist team is required.