The APA and the rise of pediatric generalist network research

Richard Wasserman, Janet R. Serwint, Nathan Kuppermann, Rajendu Srivastava, Benard Dreyer

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)195-204
Number of pages10
JournalAcademic pediatrics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2011


  • PBRN
  • collaborative research
  • generalist practice-based research
  • network research
  • practice-based research network
  • research
  • research network

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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