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  1. J C Lacerda1,
  2. A P Barbosa2,
  3. A J L A Cunha2,
  4. E A Diniz1,
  5. C T L C Vanzillotta1,
  6. V C Soares1,
  7. S D Gama1
  1. 1PICU, Instituto de Puericultura E Pediatria Martagao Gesteira, Universidade Federal Do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
  2. 2Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, Universidade Federal Do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


Objective To describe aspects of the qualification and professional performance of pediatric intensivists in the southeast of Brazil (Rio de Janeiro).

Methods Cross-sectional survey, accomplished through visit to all units and answers to a semi-structured, volunteer, anonym and individual questionnaire.

Results Of the 100 units, 87 agreed to participate (23% PICUs, 40% NICUs and 37% mixed), 410 (31%) questionnaires were answered (21% pediatric intensivists, 43% neonatal and 36% from mixed units). Feminine majority (84%), 61% with up to 40 years and working in up to two units, 68% earning € 1.000,00 to 2.000,00 and only 40% working exclusively in the specialty. The majority (92%) concluded Residence in general pediatrics; 50% working in neonatology completed Residence in the area, while only 27% working in PICUs had specific formation. Most (69%) have a certificate of specialist in pediatrics, while only 37% that work in neonatology and 19% working in PICUs have a certificate in the specialty. Only 10% with mastership and 1% doctorate. Most (73%) participated in Congresses in the last 5 years and 55% use the Internet less than 3 h/wk to update, although only 16% subscribe to medical journals in the specialty. Most (74%) do not participate in research activities and only 9% have publications. Most (63%) are not satisfied with professional performance, 49% for work conditions, 23% for low income and 18% for poor quality of formation.

Conclusion The qualification of intensivists in the southeast of Brazil is still deficient, being more precarious in pediatric intensive care than in neonatology.

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