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

Journal Name: 
Ambul Pediatr
Authors: 
Chien,A
Coker,T.
Choi,L.
Slora,E.
Bodnar,P.
Weiley,V.
Wasserman,R.
Johnson,J.
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.
2006
Volume: 
6
Pages: 
352-355
Keywords: 
better, Counseling, Health, Mental Health, Methods, Obesity, patient, Patients, primary care, PROS, provider, Research, response, Role, survey, understanding