Who is Best Qualified to Care for Pediatric Rheumatology Patients?

May 05, 2017

It is not uncommon for rheumatologists to treat pediatric patients, but a new survey finds the care children receive from adult vs pediatric rheumatology providers differs. In this slideshow, highlight the takeaways.

A survey of rheumatologists shows that nearly one-quarter treat pediatric patients. For physicians in some cities, this is unavoidable due to a shortage of pediatric rheumatologists. How and if the care pediatric patients receive from adult providers as compared to pediatric rheumatologists is the focus of a Duke University Medical Center survey conducted by Heather Van Mater, MPH. The survey included 306 adult rheumatologists and 138 pediatric rheumatologists. The survey results were published online May 2 in Arthritis Care and Research. In this slideshow, we highlight key findings from the survey. 

References:

Heather Van Mater, Stephen J. Balevic, Gary L. Freed, Sarah J. Clark. "Differences between Pediatric and Adult Rheumatologists,"

Arthritis Care and Research

. Accepted: Apr 25, 2017. DOI: 10.1002/acr.23273