Presently there are 2 pediatric clinics in the state of Montana who participate in PROS. Read below to learn more about PROS and consider adding your practice to the network of practices who participate in office based research.
PROS (Pediatric Research in Office Settings) is a practice-based research network that was established by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in 1986. PROS consists of about 1800 pediatric practitioners from 700 practices in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, teamed with a research staff at AAP headquarters in Elk Grove Village, IL and research consultants from around the country.
The mission of PROS is to improve the health of children and enhance primary care practice by conducting national collaborative practice-based research. PROS practitioners and researchers work together to generate research questions, design study materials and protocols, obtain research funding, collect study data, analyze collected data, and publish results. Since its inception, PROS has studied child health topics as diverse as the prevalence of preschool vision screening (Pediatrics, 1992; 89: 834-838), the onset of secondary sexual characteristics in young girls (Pediatrics, 1997; 99:505-512 and 2001: 108:347-353), the immunization status of children seen in private practice (Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 1996; 150:1027-1031), the treatment of pediatric patients with psychosocial problems by primary care providers (Pediatrics electronic pages 2000: 106(4): e44), the coordination of referrals to specialists (Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2000; 154: 499-506), the management of very young febrile infants (JAMA 2004; 291: 1203-1212), decision-making for postpartum discharge of mothers and their healthy infants (Pediatrics, 2008, accepted for publication), and how practitioners diagnose child abuse in primay care settings (Pediatrics, 2008, accepted for publication). The new knowledge generated in PROS studies has led to changes in the clinical guidelines of the AAP and other organizations.
As a practitioner, you possess expertise on how a primary care practice runs and know which research questions are important for pediatric practice. By linking you with experts in study design and research methodology, PROS capitalizes on your expertise and lets you participate in generating new knowledge about pediatric practice and child health. You might even be able to see your own question develop into a project that can be researched throughout the network.
PROS practitioners tell us that they enjoy being part of an overall research effort that routinely solicits their input on study questions and study designs (protocols and materials) and that examines questions relevant to the day-to-day practice of pediatrics. They also tell us that parents view research involvement on the part of the pediatric practice in a very positive light, and are eager to fill out questionnaires when they are a part of a study. In addition, all participating practices are acknowledged at the end of published articles.