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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. alyna_chien@yahoo.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

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.

METHODS:

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.

RESULTS:

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.

CONCLUSIONS:

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.

PMID:
17116610
DOI:
10.1016/j.ambp.2006.07.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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