Dick P, Kavanagh L, Spalding K, McKeever P. January 2005
Children represent a small, though important, segment of the population, and consume a wide spectrum of health care services. This report provides a descriptive bird’s-eye view of how ambulatory treatment services are distributed, coordinated and utilized in Ontario. Services examined include medical and nursing, rehabilitation and developmental, and mental health. Specifically this included well child, newborn and minor assessments, general assessments, and consultations for three classes of physicians [generalists, pediatric specialists, and “other” (otolaryngology, ophthalmology, optometry, psychiatry and chiropractic)].
Comprehensive research that included meetings with stakeholders, surveys of health service delivery organizations, focus groups, and administrative data analysis, illuminates the need for a blueprint for a cohesive delivery strategy for children’s services.