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January 2004

Counting Child Health Care Professionals: Will the United States Ever Have a Coherent Workforce Policy for Children's Health Care?

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2004;158(1):13-14. doi:10.1001/archpedi.158.1.13

Pediatrics and children's health care are not synonymous. A pluralistic mix of physician specialists and nonphysician health care professionals provide services to this nation's children. There is unlikely to be a day in the foreseeable future when pediatric-trained professionals provide all services to children. Individuals 17 years and younger make about 23% of total visits to family physicians.1 Coherent workforce policy designed to strengthen children's health care must account for this diversity in medical training.

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