Recent reports suggest major trends in pediatric medicine are tilting towards extended office hours, patient data sharing, and collaborative treatment.
November 15, 2019 —
A recent report from the American Academy of Pediatrics states that the ideal place for children to receive nonemergency care at the pediatrician’s office. Though emergency rooms and urgent care facilities are shown to be a popular choice among parents, the continuous and comprehensive care that children receive from their primary care physician is reported as more effective in treating acute, nonemergency medical conditions.
The Biggest Trends in Pediatric Medicine
Over the last several months, major voices in the medical field have named increased access to medical care as one of the top trends in primary pediatric medicine. Increasing numbers of parents are reported to be turning to local hospitals and urgent care facilities to treat their children’s medical issues after typical pediatrician offices have closed for the day. Children treated in urgent care facilities are less likely to receive the most up-to-date, evidence-based medical care available.
After Hours Pediatrics Frisco Texas are responding to the demand for flexible medical treatment by extending their practice’s hours of operation later into the evening in addition to offering weekend office hours. Reports suggest that children who are treated for both acute and chronic medical conditions by their primary care physician are more likely to receive comprehensive care based on their medical history from well-trained staff than those who are treated at retail-based locations or emergency rooms.
In addition to this, authorities claim that medical facilities capable of quickly accessing patient data are having more success in treating a range of illnesses. This increased success rate is believed to be a result of doctors and specialists having the ability to share patient data and collaborate on treatment quickly. Innovations in tracking pediatric patient data and sharing within a network are heralded as one of the most significant advancements in primary medical care.
The Next Steps in Pediatric Health Care
Increased demand for a personal approach in healthcare has given rise to integrative medicine. Recent publications in the US National Library of medicine state that pediatric integrative medicine (PIM) is a vital component of pediatric care. PIM focuses on the doctor-patient relationship to treat the whole person, resulting in a proactive rather than reactive medical approach. PIM includes methods of care not typically seen in the medical field. These new methods involve the use of dietary supplements, nutrition, environmental medicine, and mind-body medicine in the treatment of physical ailments as well as mental-health related issues.
Despite the demand for integrative pediatric medicine, there remains a lack of access to this kind of care. Facilities such as Healing Care Pediatrics seek to increase awareness about this innovative, research-driven approach to healthcare through established success in their own practice. An increasing number of medical publications state that doctors and patients significantly benefit from a holistic approach to treating illnesses ranging from ADHD to Failure to Thrive.
The Bottom Line
It has been a standard practice for parents to turn to retail-based medical facilities and emergency rooms for acute, nonemergency pediatric illnesses. However, an increasing body of evidence supports the use of a primary care pediatrician for better quality treatment of these issues. Pediatricians with the capability of quickly collaborating on their patient’s treatment and offer an integrated medicine approach to healthcare report higher success rates in the treatment of both chronic and acute mental or physical conditions.
This news is published on Reuters.