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J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2019 Jun 28:1-5. doi: 10.3171/2019.4.PEDS1911. [Epub ahead of print]

Advocacy in pediatric neurosurgery: results from a 2017 survey of the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons.

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1Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Texas Children's Hospital.
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2Department of Neurosurgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.
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3Washington Office, American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurosurgeons, Washington, DC.
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4Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Seattle Children's Hospital.
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5Department of Neurosurgery, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington.
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6Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Connecticut Children's, Hartford; and.
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7Department of Neurosurgery, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, Connecticut.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Pediatric neurosurgeons are unswerving advocates for public health-related issues in children, with most providers participating in local, regional, national, or international efforts. Collective advocacy efforts by organized pediatric neurosurgeons have not been undertaken to date.

METHODS:

A 10-item survey was administered to members of the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons (ASPN) in order to evaluate attitudes and opinions regarding the development of a formal advocacy effort by the organization.

RESULTS:

Seventy-nine of 178 registered members of the ASPN (44.38%) participated in the survey. Participants were 82.61% male, with age, stage of career, and practice type varied. Although there was unequivocal support for participation in organized advocacy, respondents were divided on methods and topics for advocacy. In this survey, the ASPN membership prioritized public health and clinical issues over economic issues that affected children.

CONCLUSIONS:

Most respondents favored the drafting of position statements on key issues and partnerships with larger organizations to pursue an advocacy agenda. The survey provides data regarding pediatric neurosurgeons' attitudes that may assist with the design of a successful advocacy program.

KEYWORDS:

AANS = American Association of Neurological Surgeons; AAP-SONS = Section of Neurosurgery for the American Academy of Pediatrics; ACS = American College of Surgeons; ASPN; ASPN = American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons; American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons; CNS = Congress of Neurological Surgeons; advocacy; pediatric neurosurgery; survey

PMID:
31252384
DOI:
10.3171/2019.4.PEDS1911

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