Table 5.

Inpatient Practice Characteristics of Pediatricians and Family Practitioners in Rural Hospitals

Attending SpecialtyP*
Family PracticePediatrics
Without PediatricsWith Pediatrics
Total discharges  1337  1672  2292
Annual mean discharges/physician  7.0  6.0  33.7<.0001
Mean length of stay (days)  2.4  3.0  3.5<.0001
Mean charges ($)/discharge$1304$1737$2130<.0001
Patients from outside hospital catchment area (%)  20%  17%  22%.22
  • * ANOVA of three means.

  • Family practitioners practicing in hospitals without pediatricians.

  • Family practitioners practicing in hospitals with pediatricians.