Background: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that pediatricians be trained to collaborate with school personnel and has stated that inadequate collaboration across systems is a contributor to suboptimal health care. Objectives/Methods: Mail-based surveys were used to target chief residents of all pediatric residency programs in the United States (N = 214). Participants completed a 25-item survey inquiring about training, attitudes, and practices in collaborating with schools. A 68.6% response rate was obtained. Results: The majority of respondents (73.5%) view collaboration with school personnel as important or very important and believe it improves overall patient care. However, 30.7% of respondents reported to never have collaborated with school personnel, and 47.8% reported doing so only once or twice a year. Further, 41.3% of respondents felt that school collaboration is not feasible for most pediatricians due to barriers including limited time, scheduling issues, and knowing how to contact relevant school personnel. Conclusions: Most respondents reported that school collaboration was rarely addressed in residency training.
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Joint Program: Council on School Health and Disaster Preparedness Advisory Council| July 01 2020
National Survey of Chief Pediatric Residents’ Attitudes, Practices and Training in Collaborating with Schools
Jeffrey Shahidullah, PhD;
Pediatrics (2020) 146 (1_MeetingAbstract): 47.
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Jeffrey Shahidullah, Susan Forman; National Survey of Chief Pediatric Residents’ Attitudes, Practices and Training in Collaborating with Schools. Pediatrics July 2020; 146 (1_MeetingAbstract): 47. 10.1542/peds.146.1MA1.47
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