Pediatricians' satisfaction with their abilities to care for children with developmental, behavioral and psychosocial problems

Yehuda Senecky, Dov Inbar, Gary Diamond, Zachi Grossman, Alan Apter, Ernesto Kahan

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Abstract

Background: Developmental and behavioral pediatrics has emerged as an area of special interest and new responsibility for pediatricians. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of training, experience, and other factors on pediatricians' satisfaction with their abilities to care for children with developmental, behavioral and psychosocial problems. Methods: A questionnaire was sent to 211 pediatricians working in primary care clinics in the community in Israel. Items included personal characteristics and experience, practice and satisfaction with the care of children with developmental, behavioral and psychosocial problems. Overall, pediatrician satisfaction with their personal abilities in this domain was defined as the dependent variable on multivariate analysis. Results: The response rate was 76.3% (n = 161). Pediatricians' satisfaction with their overall professional ability to care for children with developmental, behavioral and psychosocial problems was significantly and positively associated with the following independent variables: (i) satisfaction with training received in the child development field; (ii) satisfaction with psychiatric updates; (iii) general satisfaction with the available child development services; (iv) prescription of methylphenidate to children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder; and (v) having completed their medical studies in a country in which the issue is emphasized. Conclusions: Imparting more knowledge and skills in child development and behavioral pediatrics in pediatric residency and continuing education programs will help improve the attitudes of primary care pediatricians towards developmental and behavioral problems, encourage them to treat these patients and their families, and better the quality of care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)472-478
Number of pages7
JournalPediatrics International
Volume49
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2007

Keywords

  • Behavior disorders/problems
  • Developmental care
  • Medical education
  • Physician satisfaction
  • Psychosocial

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