[Skip to Navigation]
June 1974

Patient Flow in Pediatrics: Private Practice vs the Pediatric Clinic

Author Affiliations

Columbus, Ohio
From the departments of pediatrics, Ohio State University College of Medicine (Drs. Dubin and Ambuel); and Children's Hospital, Columbus (Drs. Dubin and Ambuel and Mr. Reeves). Dr. Dubin was a fellow in ambulatory pediatrics at the time of the study. He is now in practice in Toledo, Ohio.

Am J Dis Child. 1974;127(6):818-821. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1974.02110250044006

Techniques that have been described were successfully applied to a study of private pediatric offices. Results obtained in the private office were compared with those from the hospital clinic. In each setting, we studied patient flow: time spent by each patient in waiting or receiving service, and personnel work patterns: time spent by each employee in performing various tasks or in idle time.

In this comparison, patients in the private office had a shorter service time and much less waiting time than clinic patients. Personnel of the private office spent a higher percentage of time on assigned tasks and had considerably less idle time than those working in the clinics.

Add or change institution