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April 6, 1994

Personal Pediatrician: Peace of Mind for Caring Parents

Author Affiliations

Eastern Virginia Medical School Norfolk

JAMA. 1994;271(13):1044. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03510370098047

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Personal Pediatrician is an interactive program designed to offer parents guidance in the handling of common pediatric problems. Conditions are grouped in four categories: accidents, general, skin problems, and newborns. There is also a general index of over 350 items. The user identifies a complaint such as headache and is then led through a series of questions that help classify the complaint, determine the seriousness, and advise appropriate care, including referral to physician or emergency department as indicated. For example, the interaction for headache asks questions that consider trauma, meningitis, sinus infection, allergy, and minor headaches, and suggests appropriate referrals to physician, emergency care, or home remedies.

The program is easily as good as many books available and has the advantage of carrying the user through a series of questions interactively. The ability to use the electronic index to find the area

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