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Pediatrics. 2013 Jun;131(6):1211-6. doi: 10.1542/peds.2013-0943. Epub 2013 May 27.

Scope of practice issues in the delivery of pediatric health care.

Abstract

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) believes that optimal pediatric health care depends on a team-based approach with supervision by a physician leader, preferably a pediatrician. The pediatrician, here defined to include not only pediatric generalists but all pediatric medical subspecialists, all surgical specialists, and internal medicine/pediatric physicians, is uniquely qualified to manage, coordinate, and supervise the entire spectrum of pediatric care, from diagnosis through all stages of treatment, in all practice settings. The AAP recognizes the valuable contributions of nonphysician clinicians, including nurse practitioners and physician assistants, in delivering optimal pediatric care. However, the expansion of the scope of practice of nonphysician pediatric clinicians raises critical public policy and child health advocacy concerns. Pediatricians should serve as advocates for optimal pediatric care in state legislatures, public policy forums, and the media and should pursue opportunities to resolve scope of practice conflicts outside state legislatures. The AAP affirms the importance of appropriate documentation and standards in pediatric education, training, skills, clinical competencies, examination, regulation, and patient care to ensure safety and quality health care for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

KEYWORDS:

delegate; family physician; independent practice; medical home; nonphysician clinician; pediatric nurse practitioner; pediatrician; physician assistant; team-based care

PMID:
23713109
DOI:
10.1542/peds.2013-0943
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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