Table 6.

Inpatient Practice Characteristics of Pediatricians and Family Practitioners in Rural Hospitals

Attending SpecialtyP*
Family Practice (FP)Pediatrics (Peds)
Without PedsWith Peds
Discharge diagnoses*%%%
Neonatal diagnoses(n = 363)(n = 701)(n = 851)
 Neonate <2500 g with complications 0.2 3.8 7.1 χ2= 28.6
 Neonate ≥2500 g with complications99.896.292.9 <.0001
Nonneonatal diagnoses(n = 974) (n = 971) (n = 1441)
 Respiratory illnesses34.235.033.2
 Gastrointestinal problems11.312.712.6 χ2 = 9.43
 Infectious diseases10.810.810.7 = .15
 Other43.441.443.4
  • * See Appendix.

  • Family practitioners practicing in hospitals without pediatricians.

  • Family practitioners practicing in hospitals with pediatricians.