What Do Pediatric Primary Care Providers Think Are Important Research Questions? A Perspective From PROS Providers

Alyna Chien*, Tumaini Coker, Lillian Choi, Eric Slora, Paul Bodnar, Victoria Weiley, Richard Wasserman, Julie Johnson

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)352-355
Number of pages4
JournalAmbulatory Pediatrics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2006


  • pediatrics
  • primary care
  • translational research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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