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Minerva Pediatrica 2001 December;53(6):543-50

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Adolescent health care in pediatric departments of Tuscany

Bertelloni S., Basiloni V., Sodini F., Galluzzi F., Giani I., Lombardi D., Martini R., Messina G., Micheletti E., Milani G., Palazzoni E., Perletti L., Saggese G.


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Background. Admission to Pediatric Depart-ments for 0/18- year-old patients is an important issue for the best organization of pediatric hospital assistance. Aim of the study. To locate adolescent health care and identify the percentage of adolescent admissions to Pediatric Departments in an Italian region (Tuscany).
Methods. Adolescent health care in pediatric departments and pediatric admissions (0-18 years old) in 1999 into the reference hospital of Pisa and into 5 other regional hospitals in Tuscany are reported. The percentages of patients, subdivided by age, hospitalyzed in Pediatric Departments have been determined.
Results. In 1999 the admissions for subjects aged 0 to 18 years were 12573 of which 4966 adolescents (39.6 %). The percentage of adolescent admissions is not smaller than children's admissions (aged 0 to 1 year: 16.2%; aged 2 to 5 years: 26.2%; aged 6 to 9 years: 17.8%; aged 10 to 14 years: 20.4%; aged 15 to 18 years: 19.2%). Analysis by age demonstrated a continuous decrease of patient percentages admitted to Pediatric Departments with the increased age. A minority of 15/18- year-old subjects has been admitted to Pediatric Departments.
Conclusions. The percentage of adolescent admissions is similar to there of children. Most adolescents are admitted to structures unsuitable for assistance to subjects aged 0 to 18 years. These data underline the necessity for a strong recovery of adolescent admissions to pediatric structures also equipping suitable nursing rooms.

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