Naloxone prescribing up, but more can be done
Pediatricians are more likely to prescribe naloxone with opioid prescriptions than other health professionals, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The report looks at naloxone prescribing in the United States from 2012-’18 and county-level naloxone dispensing in 2018. Among findings:
- Dispensed naloxone prescriptions doubled from 270,000 in 2017 to 556,000 in 2018. Pediatricians, addiction medicine specialists and psychiatrists had the highest rates of naloxone prescribing per 100 high-dose opioid prescriptions.
- Naloxone prescribing rates were markedly lower among primary care doctors, pain medicine specialists, surgeons, physician assistants and nurse practitioners.
- Rural counties were nearly three times more likely to be a low dispensing county compared to metropolitan counties.
Access the report at https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/naloxone/index.html.
Podcast series launches
A three-part podcast series provides examples, strategies and partnership opportunities for pediatricians, families and Title V Maternal and Child Health/Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs programs.
Listen to “Gaining Ground: The Primary Care Pediatrician’s Role in Public Health Systems of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs” at http://bit.ly/2lZuwPa.
AAP Mentorship Program
The AAP Mentorship Program welcomes anyone interested in connecting as a mentor, mentee or both.
Participants connect with other students, trainees or experienced pediatricians and join topical forums on a variety of relevant subjects. Mentors commit to support and interact with mentees for at least an hour each month via email, phone and the web, or face-to-face, if appropriate. A commitment of one year or more is expected.
To join the program, complete an online profile form at https://aapmentorship.chronus.com/about. The information entered helps pair you with a mentor/mentee.
A Meet and Greet will be held Oct. 25 at the National Conference & Exhibition. Sign up by Oct. 11 to attend at http://bit.ly/AAPmentorshipmeetup. Questions? Email Britt Nagy, AAP Early Career Member Engagement, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pediatrics reviewers can earn CME
Peer review is an important part of the Pediatrics scholarly publishing process, helping to evaluate the rigor of the studies submitted and improving the quality of the journal.
In acknowledgement of manuscript reviewers’ time, the journal offers continuing medical education (CME) for peer review.
Reviewers learn to address self-identified learning gaps and maintain skills to judiciously review a scientific manuscript and refine critical review skills.
The journal’s manuscript management system selects individuals from a pool of authors and reviewers based on their expertise in a subject area. The reviewer is asked to provide a timely and balanced critique, assess the manuscript’s quality and ensure the publication of sound research.
The journal offers 3.00 CME credits for peer review. Credit is awarded based on timely submission and quality of the review per the criteria outlined in the reviewer guidelines as assessed by the Executive Editorial Board. All criteria must be met to receive credit. Find details at https://www.aappublications.org/content/pediatrics-reviewer-guidelines.
Patient education collection
Subscribers to Pediatric Care Online (PCO) have access to the Schmidt Pediatric Care patient education collection of symptom- and diagnosis-based handouts.
PCO subscribers also have access to the Bright Futures Tool and Resource Kit, Pediatric Patient Education Library, Red Book Online, Point-of-Care Quick Reference and Common Medical Procedures Videos, among other resources. Visit https://www.aap.org/pcotrial for a free one-month trial.