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Pediatrics. 1987 Jul;80(1):28-31.

Telephone dissatisfaction in pediatric practice: Denver and Baltimore.


A survey of pediatricians in private practice in the Denver and Baltimore metropolitan areas was conducted to assess pediatricians' satisfaction with the telephone in their practices. The response rates were 84% (89/106) in Denver and 72% (90/125) in Baltimore. In both cities, 42% of the physicians were dissatisfied with their telephone systems. Dissatisfied physicians were less likely to provide a morning telephone hour (P less than .02), less likely to delegate calls to office staff (P less than .01), more likely to believe that they lacked sufficient time to handle daytime calls (P less than .0001), and more likely to be in group rather than solo practice (P less than .05). Younger age of the respondent approached, but did not reach, statistical significance in its association with dissatisfaction.

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