Study: Wait For Developmental Specialists Often 5 Months Or More

"The number of doctors with the expertise to evaluate and treat kids with developmental disabilities is alarmingly low, researchers say, which can delay critical assessments and intervention.

The wait to see a developmental and behavioral pediatrician is often nearly half a year, according to findings published this month in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics.

For the study, researchers phoned 140 developmental pediatric programs affiliated with children’s hospitals nationwide posing as mystery shoppers requesting an appointment. Of the 75 offices that provided a wait time, the average was almost five and a half months."

 

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