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Psychosomatics. 2006 Jan-Feb;47(1):43-9.

Practice patterns in pediatric consultation-liaison psychiatry: a national survey.

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Division of Child Psychiatry, Stanford University School of Medicine, CA 94305-5719, USA.


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.

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