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Shortage of pediatric rheumatologists limits residency training in this area for general pediatricians.

posted Mar 11, 2009, 1:49 PM by Joseph Carpenter   [ updated Mar 11, 2009, 1:50 PM ]

Less than one-fifth of pediatricians feel adequately trained to diagnose and treat juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and 42 percent of them refer these children to pediatric rheumatologists. However, there is a shortage of pediatric rheumatologists, limiting both specialized care for affected children and medical education. More than 40 percent of medical directors of 127 pediatric residency programs in the United States reported that they did not have a pediatric rheumatologist on site. Mayer, Brogan, and Sandborg, Arthritis Rheum 55(6):836-842, 2006 (AHRQ Grant HS13309).