ARTICLETwo errors appeared in the article by Mayer et al, titled “Unmet Need for Routine and Specialty Care: Data From the National Survey of Children With Special Health Care Needs,” that was published in the February 2004 Pediatrics electronic pages (2003;113:e109–e115). In the methods section on page e111, the authors imply that all persons with missing values were omitted from the analysis. For 2 variables, poverty status and site of care, those with missing values were recoded inadvertently to the most frequent value (ie, >200% poverty and doctor’s office, respectively). To avoid the loss of a large number of observations (∼19% of the sample), the authors have rerun the prevalence estimates and logit analyses, coding those with a missing value for poverty or site of care to a “poverty missing” or “site of care missing.” The change in the analysis resulted in only slight adjustments to the bivariate estimates and logit analyses. Tables containing the new analyses are available on the Cecil G. Sheps Center Web site at: www.shepscenter.unc.edu/research_programs/child_health/Errata%20tables.pdf.
In addition, 3 numerical errors appeared in Table 3. Each of the physician ratios under the Environment row heading was calculated per 10 000 population <18, not per 1000. In the body of the article, the pediatrician and pediatric subspecialist ratios are stated correctly; however, on page e111, left column (first full paragraph), the fifth sentence currently reads: “We also created a ratio of the number of internist subspecialists per 1000 people for inclusion in the analysis of unmet need for specialty care, because these providers may substitute for pediatric subspecialists in areas in which these providers are not available.” It should read: “We also created a ratio of the number of internist subspecialists per 10 000 people for inclusion in the analysis of unmet need for specialty care, because these providers may substitute for pediatric subspecialists in areas in which these providers are not available.”
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