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Pediatric private practice in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region: Demographics, organization, and challenges.

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While the needs for pediatric care are increasing and becoming more diverse, pediatric private practice in France is encountering difficulties linked to a growing medical demographic deficit. The objective of this study was to give an overview of pediatric private practice in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region and to describe the main challenges encountered. Methods For this descriptive observational survey, private practice pediatricians in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region filled out an online questionnaire between April 2019 and October 2020. Results The response rate was 64%. Most respondents practiced in an urban area (87%) and shared the practice with other physicians (59%). A majority (85%) had previously worked in hospital; 65% reported training in a subspecialty. Overall, 48% had other professional activities; 28% worked night shifts and 96% accepted urgent requests for consultations. A total of 33% reported having difficulties contacting specialists for consults, and 46% had difficulties in obtaining written reports of their patients’ hospitalizations. All respondents participated in a form of ongoing medical education. The main difficulties were: lack of information about how to found a private practice (68%), lack of personal time (61%), balance between medical and administrative work (59%), and an excess of patients to care for (57%). The main satisfactions were: trusting relationships with patients (98%), freedom in their choice of practice (85%), and the diversity of problems and situations encountered (68%). Conclusion Our study underlines that private practice pediatricians are involved in healthcare provision, in particular regarding ongoing medical training, subspecialties, and continuity of care. It also highlights the problems encountered and the possible improvements: developing better communication between private practice and hospitals, reinforcing training during residency, and highlighting the importance and complementarity of private practice in children's healthcare.
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hal-04542101 , version 1 (11-04-2024)

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S. Brédy, A. Campion, Sylvie Nguyen The Tich, Alain Martinot, G. Pouessel. Pediatric private practice in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region: Demographics, organization, and challenges.. Archives de Pédiatrie, 2023, Archives de Pédiatrie, ⟨10.1016/j.arcped.2023.04.005⟩. ⟨hal-04542101⟩

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