Practice patterns in pediatric consultation-liaison psychiatry: a national survey.

TitlePractice patterns in pediatric consultation-liaison psychiatry: a national survey.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsShaw, RJ, Wamboldt M, Bursch B, Stuber M
Date Published2006 Jan-Feb
KeywordsChild, Child Psychiatry, Health Care Surveys, Hospitals, Humans, Medical Staff, Hospital, Mental Health Services, Physician's Practice Patterns, Questionnaires, Referral and Consultation, Time Factors, United States

The purpose of this survey was to describe the current status of pediatric consultation-liaison (C-L) services in the United States. A total of 144 pediatric C-L programs were surveyed, with a response rate of 33%. Financial and staffing constraints were cited as common problems; 61% of programs reported an increase in consultation requests over the past 5 years, however, 30% of services reported a decrease in funding. Collection rates for professional billings average 30%; 57% of services reported an increase in clinical service demands at the expense of teaching and liaison activities. Discussion includes recommendations based on the results of the survey.

Alternate JournalPsychosomatics