Declining numbers of family physicians are caring for children

Andrew W. Bazemore, Laura A. Makaroff, James C. Puffer, Parwen Parhat, Robert L. Phillips, Imam M. Xierali, Jason Rinaldo

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Despite continued growth of the primary care workforce, profound maldistribution persists among providers available for the care of children. Family physicians (FPs) spend, on average, approximately 10% of their total practice time caring for children; however, given that, among physician specialties, FPs are geographically distributed most evenly across the US population, the self-reported decline in the share of FPs caring for children should be disturbing to policymakers, especially with the looming insurance expansion in 2014.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-140
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Board of Family Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Family Practice


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