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Workforce shortages culminate in 6-month ‘wait time’ for developmental pediatricians

Workforce shortages culminate in 6-month ‘wait time’ for developmental pediatricians
March 24, 2017

The current shortage of pediatric subspecialists has resulted in a national ‘wait time’ of 6 months for children to be seen by developmental pediatricians, access further delayed by inadequate Spanish language accommodations, according to a study published in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics.

“One in seven children under age 9 has a mental, behavioral or developmental disorder — for example, speech disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder,” Manuel E. Jimenez, MD, MS, from the departments of pediatrics and family medicine and community health at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and colleagues wrote. “Despite the large number of children who may benefit from these services, there are less than 1,000 active, board-certified developmental pediatricians in the United States, limiting access to rigorous diagnostic evaluations and early interventions that could improve long-term outcomes at critical development periods.”

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