COVID-19 pandemic and families' utilization of well-child clinics and pediatric practices attendance in Germany

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Objective: The COVID-19 pandemic and the measures implemented to stop the pandemic had a broad impact on our daily lives. Besides work and social life, health care is affected on many levels. In particular, there is concern that attendance in health care programs will drop or hospital admissions will be delayed due to COVID-19-related anxieties, especially in children. Therefore, we compared the number of weekly visits to 78 German pediatric institutions between 2019 and 2020. Results: We found no significant differences during the first 10 weeks of the year. However, and importantly, from April, the weekly number of visits was more than 35% lower in 2020 than in 2019 (p = 0.005). In conclusion, the COVID-19 pandemic seems to relate to families´ utilization of outpatient well-child clinics and pediatric practice attendance in Germany.




Vogel, M., Beger, C., Gausche, R., Jurkutat, A., Pfaeffle, R., Körner, A., … Kiess, W. (2021). COVID-19 pandemic and families’ utilization of well-child clinics and pediatric practices attendance in Germany. BMC Research Notes, 14(1).

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