Pediatric rheumatology in adult rheumatology practices in Washington state
Version of Record online: 12 DEC 2005
Copyright © 1996 American College of Rheumatology
Arthritis & Rheumatism
Volume 39, Issue 7, pages 1218–1221, July 1996
How to Cite
Sherry, D. D., Wallace, C. A. and Kahn, S. J. (1996), Pediatric rheumatology in adult rheumatology practices in Washington state. Arthritis & Rheumatism, 39: 1218–1221. doi: 10.1002/art.1780390722
- Issue online: 12 DEC 2005
- Version of Record online: 12 DEC 2005
- Manuscript Accepted: 20 FEB 1996
- Manuscript Received: 12 JUL 1995
Objective. To determine both the extent to which adult rheumatologists treat children and their level of comfort in doing so.
Methods. A questionnaire was sent to all 77 physicians in the state of Washington who were listed as adult rheumatologists in the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) directory.
Results. Sixty-six questionnaires (86%) were returned; 50 were identified as being from privatepracticing adult rheumatologists and were the focus of this study. Sixty-two percent of the respondents reported that they care for children; predictors included increased exposure to pediatric rheumatology during fellowship (P = 0.003), increased distance from Seattle (P = 0.001), and listing oneself in the ACR directory as treating children (P = 0.03). Most respondents reported feeling discomfort in treating children younger than 6 years of age, treating Kawasaki disease, and treating polyarteritis nodosa, but most reported feeling comfortable treating children with chronic arthritides. Impediments to referring to a pediatric rheumatologist included distance (median distance 35 miles), convenience for the family, personal preference, and experience in caring for children. Twenty-nine percent reported difficulties referring to a pediatric rheumatologist outside of one's managed care plan. Adult rheumatologists expressed interest in continuing medical education dealing with pediatric rheumatology, preferably with a lecture format in their home communities.
Conclusion. A significant number of adult rheumatologists care for children. Pediatric rheumatologists should provide both educational and consultative support for these adult rheumatologist colleagues.