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Acad Pediatr. 2011 May-Jun;11(3):195-204. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2010.11.004. Epub 2011 Feb 1.

The APA and the rise of pediatric generalist network research.

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, University of Vermont College of Medicine, 89 Beaumont Ave., Burlington, VT 05405, USA. richard.wasserman@uvm.edu

Abstract

The Academic Pediatric Association (APA, formerly the Ambulatory Pediatric Association) first encouraged multi-institutional collaborative research among its members over 30 years ago. Individual APA members subsequently went on to figure prominently in establishing formal research networks. These enduring collaborations have been established to conduct investigations in a variety of generalist contexts. At present, 4 generalist networks--Pediatric Research in Office Settings (PROS), the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN), the COntinuity Research NETwork (CORNET), and Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings (PRIS)--have a track record of extensive achievement in generating new knowledge aimed at improving the health and health care of children. This review details the history, accomplishments, and future directions of these networks and summarizes the common themes, strengths, challenges, and opportunities inherent in pediatric generalist network research.

Copyright © 2011 Academic Pediatric Association. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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