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J Am Board Fam Med. 2012 Mar-Apr;25(2):139-40. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2012.02.110203.

Declining numbers of family physicians are caring for children.

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Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies, USA.

Abstract

Despite continued growth of the primary care workforce, profound maldistribution persists among providers available for the care of children. Family physicians (FPs) spend, on average, approximately 10% of their total practice time caring for children; however, given that, among physician specialties, FPs are geographically distributed most evenly across the US population, the self-reported decline in the share of FPs caring for children should be disturbing to policymakers, especially with the looming insurance expansion in 2014.

PMID:
22403191
DOI:
10.3122/jabfm.2012.02.110203
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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