Pediatric Psychopharmacology for Primary Care xiii ■■ Child and adolescent psychiatrists ■■ Specialists in adolescent medicine ■■ Pediatric neurologists ■■ Some adult psychiatrists with training in adolescent care Another secondary audience is allied mental health professionals, who col- laborate with medication prescribers and who can provide evidence-based psychotherapies and other care for children and adolescents, including ■■ Psychologists ■■ Social workers ■■ Nurses ■■ Counselors The book may also be useful for those who want to understand how clini- cians strategize about medication for children and adolescents, including ■■ Parents, guardians, and caregivers ■■ Families ■■ Youth ■■ Advocates ■■ Policy makers Why Now? The need for a conceptual framework with practical guidance for pediatric psychopharmacology is critical. ■■ At least 8 million US youth (10%) have an impairing psychiatric disorder.1 ■■ A persistent critical shortage of mental health specialists, especially child and adolescent psychiatrists (8,000 practicing), limits the ability of these youth to access care for their mental health needs. Pediatric PCCs are ideally suited to meet this need because of their knowl- edge of child development, their long-term relationships with patients and families, and the frequency with which they evaluate and treat children and teens. There are about 170,000 US pediatric PCCs. ■■ Approximately 60,000 primary care pediatricians (AAP Pediatric Workforce) ■■ More than 80,000 family physicians2
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