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Pediatras medico de familia y cuidado de los niños

Pediatras medico de familia y cuidado de los niños.
Fewer Family Physicians Treating Children
Marcia Frellick
October 06, 2014
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The percentage of family physicians providing care to children decreased from 78% in 2000 to 68% in 2009, according to study results published in the September/October edition of the Annals of Family Medicine.

The decline adds a layer to the debate about physician shortages, the authors say, noting that care for children often gets lost in discussions about the overall physician shortage. Physicians will be further stretched in caring for children as the Affordable Care Act extends insurance to more children and adults.

Laura Makaroff, DO, from the Robert Graham Center: Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care, Washington, DC, and colleagues found that family physicians spend about 10% of their time on care for children and are the usual source of care for one third of all children. Family physicians are the providers for between 16% and 21% of child care visits.


The authors note, "Children with a usual source of care have better health outcomes, including more preventive health counseling and fewer avoidable hospitalizations, than children who do not. Furthermore, access to patient-centered, comprehensive primary care has been shown to improve delivery of preventive services and decrease unmet medical needs of children."



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