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Ambul Pediatr. 2006 Nov-Dec;6(6):352-5.

What do pediatric primary care providers think are important research questions? A perspective from PROS providers.

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Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA.



To describe what pediatric primary care providers involved in the Pediatric Research in Office Settings (PROS) research network think are important yet inadequately addressed questions in pediatric primary care research.


A total of 1785 pediatric primary care providers in the PROS network were asked what they thought were important yet inadequately addressed areas of primary care research. We used a single, open-ended question in a mail survey. Written answers to this question were analyzed by qualitative methods to determine the main themes of interest to pediatric primary care providers.


Overall survey response rate was 48.7%; the open-ended question yielded 1109 individual answers. Six lines of inquiry were identified as being important to these providers: (1) effective counseling techniques to use in anticipatory guidance; (2) strategies to prevent and treat obesity; (3) the effectiveness of well-child care; (4) ongoing management of patients with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder; (5) the role of the primary care provider in caring for children with mental health needs; and (6) optimal organization of office practices.


The translation of research into practice may be improved by a better understanding of the needs and interests of those who see pediatric patients in the primary care setting.

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