A new study finds that children are now much more likely to be treated at children’s hospitals concentrated in a few locations as opposed to general hospitals, JAMA Network October 30 reports. This represents a dramatic shift that has taken place over the past 20 years, according to the findings that were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The researchers, from UNC School of Medicine, analyzed pediatric inpatient discharges from nearly 4,000 hospitals in 48 states across the country between 2000 and 2019–more than 14 million discharges. They found that:
The researchers say that this significant shift in where pediatric patients receive care has important implications for hospital planning and readiness, to ensure that there is high-quality transport and capacity for treatment.Read More >>