The AAP launched the Pediatrician Life and Career Experience Study (PLACES) in 2012 to collect longitudinal data from early-career pediatricians each year across their careers. Many steps were involved in the development and implementation of this national longitudinal study of physicians.
As part of the PLACES development process, focus groups and cognitive interviews were conducted in 2010 and 2011.
One focus group participant shared her thoughts about the study: "I think it is an interesting idea to track pediatricians' lives, practices, attitudes, etc over time. Change seems to be happening at a dizzying pace in all of our lives right now. The thought that we could have almost a diary of our lives...is pretty exciting."
Focus group participants also provided thoughts on their career choices and work environment.
For details on PLACES design and methodology, see: Frintner MP, Cull WL, Byrne BJ, et al. A longitudinal study of pediatricians early in their careers: PLACES. Pediatrics. 2015;136(2):370-380
For questions on the development of PLACES, contact Mary Pat Frintner: email@example.com or 847/434-7664.