Policy challenges for the pediatric rheumatology workforce: Part I. Education and economics

January 2011
Pediatric Rheumatology;2011, Vol. 9 Issue 1, p24
Academic Journal
The article reviews U.S. medical policy to find educational and economic causes of deficit in access of care related to pediatric rheumatology, and proposes policy solutions for these barriers. It states that in the American health care delivery system in challenges that have caused barriers to pediatric rheumatology care include low awareness of rheumatic disease, delays in referrals, and outdated perception of outcomes among primary care providers. The educational barriers for pediatric rheumatology workforce is caused by low participation in pediatrics residency programs and poor musculoskeletal physical examination skills. It proposes several changes in workforce training, reimbursements, and clinical testing.


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