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Pediatr Pulmonol. 2000 Sep;30(3):190-7.

Practice of pediatric pulmonology: results of the Future of Pediatric Education Project (FOPE)

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Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pulmonary Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington, USA. gredding@u.washington.edu

Abstract

In 1996, the Future of Pediatric Education (FOPE) Project of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) developed surveys to describe the nature of pediatric practices, recent trends in clinical practice, and anticipated workforce needs for both pediatric generalists and pediatric sub-specialists. A survey was specifically developed to describe the features of pediatric pulmonology as self-reported by pediatric pulmonologists. The survey was distributed to members of the AAP Pulmonology Section, the Pediatric Assembly of the American Thoracic Society, and certified pediatric pulmonologists recognized by the American Board of Pediatrics. Of the 535 respondents (67% of those invited to respond), the responses of 388 certified and 94 trained but not board-certified pulmonologists were included in the results. The characteristics of certified and non-certified respondents were the same for most survey questions. Clinical activities occupy 73 +/- 29% of professional time. Most pulmonologists work in urban, inner city, or suburban settings and 85% are affiliated with a medical school. One third are in private practice. As a group, research activities occupy less than 15% of their time. Most pediatric pulmonologists maintain a referral practice and use physician extenders to provide care. Patients with asthma and cystic fibrosis comprise 60-70% of patient volume. Both the volume and complexity of patients are increasing, as is competition for pediatric sub-specialty services. Pediatric pulmonary practices vary in size and in volume of patients that they manage in various settings. Forty percent of respondents identify allergists and other pediatric pulmonologists as sources of competition. Sixty-nine percent of respondents do not believe that there is a current need for additional pediatric pulmonologists in their respective communities. Only 15% of respondents plan to retire in the next decade.

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