Policy challenges for the pediatric rheumatology workforce: Part II. Health care system delivery and workforce supply

January 2011
Pediatric Rheumatology;2011, Vol. 9 Issue 1, p23
Academic Journal
The article reviews the challenges before the U.S. medical policy to meet demands of workforce of medical personnel in pediatric rheumatology. It discusses the demerits of current American health care delivery system in diagnosis and treatment of chronic pediatric health conditions, including lack of evidence-based medicine, unilateral transfer medical knowledge for patient education, and lack of policy for management of chronic conditions including rheumatism. It proposes that pediatric rheumatology workforce in the U.S. can help in improving outcomes by team-based multidisciplinary care, care coordination and selfmanagement. It analyzes the career decision making among medical trainees in pediatric rheumatolgy, and proposes changes to improve their job experience.


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