A Measured Approach to Child Health

  • Ruth E.K. Stein
    Address correspondence to Ruth E. K. Stein, MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics, Preventive Intervention Research Center for Child Health, 6B27 Van Etten, 1300 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx, New York 10461.
    Department of Pediatrics, Preventive Intervention Research Center for Child Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Children's Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
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Published:February 28, 2011DOI:


      Children’s health and its measurement have gained increasing attention in the face of advances in treating disease, and the growing recognition of long-term implications of child health for adult health and the nation’s economy. Advances in measurement are aided by new conceptualizations, including a dynamic definition of child health and model of how it evolves. This paper discusses challenges in measurement of child health, the role of large-scale data sets, how to select a measure, 2 promising measurement frontiers, and the role of the Academic Pediatric Association in promoting a measured approach to child health.


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