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Institution: University of California (UC), Davis
Project Description: The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of telemedicine consultations on the quality and satisfaction of care that critically ill and injured children receive in rural emergency departments. There were three main specific aims:
Career Goals: Dr. Marcin is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine at the University of California, Davis. He received his MD from the University of California, San Diego, and served his residency in Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Marcin then did a Pediatric Critical Care fellowship at the Children's National Medical Center, in Washington DC and received his MPH at George Washington University in Washington DC. He continues to conduct research on a variety of public health issues in pediatric critical care medicine and is in charge of the Pediatric Telemedicine program.
Progress to Date: This grant has been completed. Research findings suggested quality of care provided to children in EDs is higher at a children's hospital versus rural non-children's hospitals, and higher when the treating physician is trained in Pediatric or Emergency Medicine versus non-Pediatric or non-Emergency Medicine trained physicians. Further, telemedicine consultations in the ED resulted in more diagnostic and therapeutic advice, higher quality of care, and higher parent satisfaction when compared to non-telemedicine consultations.
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