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Heinen, Florian (2020): Zusammenarbeit von Pädiatrie und Sozialpädiatrie — Schaffung einer biopsychosozialen Medizin für komplex chronisch kranke Kinder und Jugendliche. In: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz, Vol. 63, No. 7: pp. 806-812 [PDF, 1MB]


Pediatrics in Germany is going through a~crisis in which healthcare, especially for children and adolescents with medical complexity, is seriously compromised.Specialized outpatient clinics are being closed and hospital beds for inpatient treatment - even where specially allocated - cannot be occupied due to shortcomings in care. A~multitude of critical factors are coming together, leading to and intensifying the current crisis. To improve the situation, appropriate political will and fundamental changes in healthcare policy are required.Nevertheless, pediatrics can make important contributions on its own. Based on intelligent network solutions in which pediatrics and social pediatrics closely cooperate in tandem structures, with regards to both organizational structure and content, they can jointly further develop correspondingly realistic biopsychosocial medicine in pediatrics as needed. This way, pediatrics could take the reins and not only join in the call for high-quality health centers but actively participate in shaping the structure of such centers. Pediatrics has the chance to become a~driving force in the further development of structural changes in the German health system and thus secure and improve healthcare for those who are most dependent on it: children with medical complexity.

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