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The APA and the Rise of Pediatric Generalist Network Research

  • Richard Wasserman
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    Address correspondence to Richard C. Wasserman, MD, MPH, University of Vermont, N310 Courtyard at Given, 89 Beaumont Ave, Burlington, Vermont 05405.
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    Department of Pediatrics, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, Vt, and Pediatric Research in Office Settings (PROS), American Academy of Pediatrics, Elk Grove Village, Ill (Dr Wasserman); the Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md, and the COntinuity Research NETwork (CORNET), Academic Pediatric Association, McLean, Va (Dr Serwint); the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, University of California at Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento, Calif (Dr Kuppermann); the Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah (Dr Srivastava); and the Department of Pediatrics, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY (Dr Dreyer)
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  • Janet R. Serwint
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    Department of Pediatrics, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, Vt, and Pediatric Research in Office Settings (PROS), American Academy of Pediatrics, Elk Grove Village, Ill (Dr Wasserman); the Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md, and the COntinuity Research NETwork (CORNET), Academic Pediatric Association, McLean, Va (Dr Serwint); the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, University of California at Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento, Calif (Dr Kuppermann); the Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah (Dr Srivastava); and the Department of Pediatrics, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY (Dr Dreyer)
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  • Nathan Kuppermann
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    Department of Pediatrics, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, Vt, and Pediatric Research in Office Settings (PROS), American Academy of Pediatrics, Elk Grove Village, Ill (Dr Wasserman); the Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md, and the COntinuity Research NETwork (CORNET), Academic Pediatric Association, McLean, Va (Dr Serwint); the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, University of California at Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento, Calif (Dr Kuppermann); the Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah (Dr Srivastava); and the Department of Pediatrics, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY (Dr Dreyer)
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  • Rajendu Srivastava
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    Department of Pediatrics, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, Vt, and Pediatric Research in Office Settings (PROS), American Academy of Pediatrics, Elk Grove Village, Ill (Dr Wasserman); the Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md, and the COntinuity Research NETwork (CORNET), Academic Pediatric Association, McLean, Va (Dr Serwint); the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, University of California at Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento, Calif (Dr Kuppermann); the Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah (Dr Srivastava); and the Department of Pediatrics, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY (Dr Dreyer)
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  • Benard Dreyer
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    Department of Pediatrics, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, Vt, and Pediatric Research in Office Settings (PROS), American Academy of Pediatrics, Elk Grove Village, Ill (Dr Wasserman); the Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md, and the COntinuity Research NETwork (CORNET), Academic Pediatric Association, McLean, Va (Dr Serwint); the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, University of California at Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento, Calif (Dr Kuppermann); the Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah (Dr Srivastava); and the Department of Pediatrics, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY (Dr Dreyer)
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Published:January 31, 2011DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acap.2010.11.004

      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.

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