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February 1985

Pediatricians and Mental Health Professionals: Patterns of Collaboration and Utilization

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Clinical Social Work, Children's Hospital at Stanford, Palo Alto, Calif (Ms Bergman); and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford (Calif) University School of Medicine (Dr Fritz). Ms Bergman is now in private practice in San Francisco.

Am J Dis Child. 1985;139(2):155-159. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1985.02140040053026

• We surveyed 1,089 fellows of the American Academy of Pediatrics regarding (1) their experiences with child psychiatrists during training, (2) their current utilization preferences and practice with psychiatrists and other mental health professionals, and (3) differences In responses between pediatricians who completed ambulatory pediatric and related training and other pediatricians with respect to the aforementioned questions. Of those pediatricians who had contact with psychiatrists during training, more than 68% remembered the psychiatrist as being helpful. There was a strong preference on the part of all respondents for referral to a "behaviorally oriented pediatrician" for selected psychosocial problems. The pediatricians trained in ambulatory pediatrics believed they were more competent to treat the psychosocial problems of their patients than did other pediatricians and indicated more collaborative activities with psychiatrists than did other pediatricians.

(AJDC 1985;139:155-159)