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April 14, 2004

Perceptions of Physician Shortages

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Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2004;291(14):1695-1696. doi:10.1001/jama.291.14.1696-a

To the Editor: In the study of Dr Cooper and colleagues,1 only 3 of 70 deans and 2 of 44 executives considered child psychiatry to be a shortage area requiring attention. This is surprising, as child psychiatry as a specialty has frequently been reported as a major shortage area.2,3 The apparent lack of concern among the respondents in the study of Cooper et al provides a clue as to why this specialty has traditionally received such poor assistance and support.

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