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March 1998

Comprehensive Child Health: Is It in the Picture?

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Copyright 1998 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1998

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1998;152(3):222-223. doi:10.1001/archpedi.152.3.222

ROBERT BURNS said "O wad some Pow'r the giftie gie us/ To see ourselves as others see us."1 Ferris and his colleagues have given us that gift. Their careful analysis of a decade and a half of data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS)2 allows us to see what we do not take in at closer range. Their article, "Changes in the Daily Practice of Primary Care for Children" makes us take a step back, catch our breath, and think about the configuration, process, and content of our most basic undertakings. Their review of the trends in primary care from 1979 to 1994 captures the current big picture, provides hard data rather than conjecture, dispels a number of myths, and highlights some very real challenges.