Physician Coverage in the Pediatric Emergency Room

A National Survey

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Abstract

Pediatric emergency services are provided by most pediatric teaching hospitals in the United States. However, little information has been published regarding staffing patterns. The present study assessed the staffing of 155 such residency programs. While two thirds of the programs provide 24-hour on-site resident coverage in their pediatric emergency rooms, only 10% utilize attending pediatricians on a similar basis. Although coverage increases with increasing training-program size and emergency-room patient volume, the majority (79%) of even the largest residency programs do not provide 24-hour attending pediatrician coverage in the emergency room. Administrators of pediatric residency programs are urged to improve the staffing of their emergency rooms to include attending pediatricians on a 24-hour basis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)755-757
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Diseases of Children
Volume140
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 1986

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Hospital Emergency Service
Internship and Residency
Pediatrics
Physicians
Pediatric Hospitals
Administrative Personnel
Teaching Hospitals
Emergencies
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Surveys and Questionnaires
Pediatricians

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Physician Coverage in the Pediatric Emergency Room : A National Survey. / Baker, Mark Douglas.

In: American Journal of Diseases of Children, Vol. 140, No. 8, 1986, p. 755-757.

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