Print Email Facebook Twitter Work experience and style explain variation among pediatricians in the detection of children with psychosocial problems Title Work experience and style explain variation among pediatricians in the detection of children with psychosocial problems Author Theunissen, M.H.C. Vogels, A.G.C. Reijneveld, S.A. Publication year 2012 Abstract OBJECTIVE: To assess whether variation in the proportion of children identified as having psychosocial problems by individual preventive pediatricians can be explained by pediatrician characteristics, over and above variations in the mix of children. Furthermore, to assess whether the characteristics of preventive pediatricians were related to the quality of problem identification. METHODS: We used data from approximately 3070 children ages 5 to 6 years who were assessed during a routine well-child visit by a preventive pediatrician in the Netherlands (response rate 85.2%). We obtained data about parent-reported child problems by using the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL), sociodemographic background of the family, and characteristics of the preventive pediatrician. After each assessment, preventive pediatricians reported whether they had identified any psychosocial problem in the child. Multilevel logistic regression analyses were used to assess whether variation in the proportion of children identified by preventive pediatricians as having a psychosocial problem could be explained by the characteristics of preventive pediatricians and whether these characteristics were related to the quality of problem identification. RESULTS: Preventive pediatricians varied widely in the proportion of children identified as having psychosocial problems. Pediatrician characteristics such as work experience and work style (for example, on indication use of behavior questionnaires like the CBCL in routine care) explained about a quarter of this inter-pediatrician variation; child characteristics did not explain this variation even though characteristics like gender and parental education level were associated with likelihood of problem identification. More use of the CBCL and less use of the Teacher Report Form in routine care resulted in a better problem identification by preventive pediatricians. Work experience was not related to better problem identification. CONCLUSIONS: Preventive pediatricians identify psychosocial problems in children in a standardized way, but important inter-pediatrician variation remains. This variation may be reduced further and quality improved by changing their work style and targeted training. Subject HumanCH - Child HealthBSS - Behavioural and Societal SciencesHealthy for LifeHealthHealthy Livingchild mental healthphysician descisionpublic health To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:a5408a52-106f-4f92-b890-03c66f8506d3 DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acap.2012.07.004 TNO identifier 465871 Source Academic Pediatrics, 12 (6), 495-501 Document type article Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.