A comparison of paediatric and adult infectious diseases consultations in Australia and New Zealand

Christopher C Blyth, Tony Walls, Allen Cheuk-Seng Cheng, Ronan John Murray, Dale Andrew Fisher, Paul Robert Ingram, Joshua S Davis

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The objective of this paper is to describe paediatric infectious diseases consultations across Australia and New Zealand. We surveyed infectious diseases physicians at 51 hospitals over a period of 2 weeks in 2012. Compared with adult consults, paediatric consults were more frequently received from general paediatricians/physicians and intensive care, yet less frequently from surgeons and emergency. Respiratory, skin/soft tissue and bone/joint infections were the most frequent consultations in children. These data demonstrate the breadth of formal infectious diseases consults in children. Differences between paediatric and infectious diseases consultations need to be considered when planning both paediatric and adult physician training and future curriculum development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1589 - 1592
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 27 Aug 2015

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