Practice Patterns in Pediatric Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry: A National Survey

Psychosomatics. Jan-Feb 2006;47(1):43-9. doi: 10.1176/appi.psy.47.1.43.

Abstract

The purpose of this survey was to describe the current status of pediatric consultation-liaison (C-L) services in the United States. A total of 144 pediatric C-L programs were surveyed, with a response rate of 33%. Financial and staffing constraints were cited as common problems; 61% of programs reported an increase in consultation requests over the past 5 years, however, 30% of services reported a decrease in funding. Collection rates for professional billings average 30%; 57% of services reported an increase in clinical service demands at the expense of teaching and liaison activities. Discussion includes recommendations based on the results of the survey.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child Psychiatry / economics
  • Child Psychiatry / statistics & numerical data*
  • Child Psychiatry / trends
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Hospitals / statistics & numerical data
  • Hospitals / trends
  • Humans
  • Medical Staff, Hospital / statistics & numerical data
  • Medical Staff, Hospital / trends
  • Mental Health Services / organization & administration
  • Mental Health Services / statistics & numerical data
  • Mental Health Services / trends
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians' / economics
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians' / statistics & numerical data*
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians' / trends
  • Referral and Consultation / economics
  • Referral and Consultation / statistics & numerical data*
  • Referral and Consultation / trends
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Time Factors
  • United States