Pediatric Critical Care Neurologists in the United States and Canada: A Survey of Clinical Practice Experience

Raquel Farias-Moeller, Anuj Jayakar, Rejean M. Guerriero, Jessica L. Carpenter, Mark S. Wainwright, Dana B. Harrar

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Objective: To describe the characteristics of pediatric intensive care neurologists and their practice in the United States and Canada. Methods: We performed a survey-based study of child neurologists who self-identify as ‘intensive care neurologists’. The survey included questions about demographics, training, pediatric neurocritical care service and job structure, teaching, academics, challenges, and views on the future of pediatric neurocritical care. Results: We analyzed 55 surveys. Most respondents were 31-50 years of age with ≤10 years of practice experience. Fifty-four percent identified as female. Most completed subspecialty training after child neurology residency. The majority practice at highly resourced centers with >45 intensive care unit beds. Respondents cover a variety of inpatient (critical and noncritical care) services, at times simultaneously, for a median of 19.5 weeks/y and work >70 hours/wk when on service for pediatric neurocritical care. The top 3 challenges reported were competing demands for time, excess volume, and communication with critical care medicine. Top priorities for the “ideal pediatric neurocritical care service” were attendings with training in pediatric neurocritical care or a related field and joint rounding with critical care medicine. Conclusion: We report a survey-based analysis of the demographics and scope of practice of pediatric critical care neurologists. We highlight challenges faced and provide a framework for the further development of this rapidly growing field.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)288-297
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Child Neurology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Mar 2022


  • Pediatric Neurocritical Care
  • Pediatric Neurohospitalist
  • Pediatric Neurology
  • Pediatric Stroke


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