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Pediatricians and Their Practices

Timothy F. Doran, MD
Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1999;153(1):8. doi:10.1001/archpedi.153.1.8.
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PRIMARY CARE pediatricians cannot help but be drawn to the article by Bocian et al1 in this month's ARCHIVES on the size and age/sex distribution of average pediatric practices. Whether you feel satisfied that your practice is close to average in size or overwhelmed with the realization that you have far more patients than average, this article satisfies the very human desire to see where you stand.

But the research contains more than individual applicability. In this era of constantly shifting health care systems, there is a need for good data to estimate future staffing needs. Few studies explore individual practices for estimates of practice capacity. There are some estimates of the number of children and adolescents cared for by pediatricians, but Boscian et al, through the Pediatric Research in Office Settings (PROS) network, provide concrete information on the average number of patients per practitioner as well as the age and sex of their patients through direct sampling in actual practice settings through the PROS network.

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