Practice patterns in pediatric consultation-liaison psychiatry: a national survey.
|Title||Practice patterns in pediatric consultation-liaison psychiatry: a national survey.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2006|
|Authors||Shaw, RJ, Wamboldt M, Bursch B, Stuber M|
|Date Published||2006 Jan-Feb|
|Keywords||Child, 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.