Continuity of care for chronic disorders is a bedrock principle of the patient-pediatrician relationship and is a fundamental attribute of high-quality medical care. There is increasing evidence that continuity of care for patients with chronic conditions reduces health care costs and prevents hospitalizations.

We focus on patients with chronic conditions because they stand to benefit most from continue of care. A pediatrician working in a busy clinic may encounter a number of patients they have never met before. But in time, they become acquainted with the patient’s previous history and develop a rapport. The patient quickly learns to trust their pediatrician and wishes to see a familiar face when being treated. It’s obvious that this long-term patient/doctor relationship would result in better standard care.