Inappropriate utilization of emergency services also occurs in pediatrics. However, no data on this topic are available in Italy. In recent years growing recourse to the paediatric emergency service has been noted in Trieste despite the availability of adequate primary health case. Between 1974 and 1980 paediatric visits to casualty departments rose by 120% though the number of accidents treated fell significantly. A questionnaire on 1043 children revealed inappropriate utilisation in 52.64% cases, apparently due to the lack of understanding between families and paediatricians. The smallest number of emergency or otherwise justified visits was observed in this category as well as the widest divergence of opinion between parents and doctors on the urgency of given cases. The present survey confirms the finding in other countries that inappropriate recourse to emergency services in paediatrics depends rather on the lack of communication between parents and paediatricians than on the lack of primary health care.
|Translated title of the contribution||Inappropriate recourse to emergency services in paediatrics. The Italian experience|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 1984|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health