Introduction to pediatric hospital medicine

Pediatr Clin North Am. 2005 Aug;52(4):963-77, vii. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2005.03.005.


This article provides a brief summary of the past, present, and future of pediatric hospital medicine. In its short history, it already has made an impact on the way pediatrics is practiced and taught. There is no denying Dr. Menna's prescience when he wrote his opinion in 1990. As the field continues to emerge and mature, the current leadership is cognizant of the obstacles ahead and the need to maintain the goal of the well-being of all children. Maintaining that goal means redoubling efforts to maintain contact with primary care providers for continuity of care in and out of the hospital. Only by promoting patient- and family-centered care, inclusive of all providers, can children's health best be served.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Hospitalists / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Institutional Practice
  • Pediatrics*
  • Physician's Role
  • Societies, Medical
  • Workforce