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Pediatric Research in Office Settings (PROS), founded in 1986, is the practice-based research network of the AAP. Its mission is to improve the health of children and enhance primary care practice by conducting and fostering national collaborative practice-based research.​

Primary Care Research Network

About PROS

  • Practice-based research network of the AAP
  • Established in 1986
  • > 400 unique practices have participated in at least 1 study since 2010
  • Based at AAP headquarters in the Chicago area
  • Collaborates with researchers around the country

Our Mission

To improve the health of children and enhance primary care practice by conducting and fostering national collaborative practice-based research.

Guiding Principles

  • Pediatric practice is the appropriate laboratory for studying primary care issues
  • The wisdom of our member pediatricians is wed to scientifically sound research methods
  • Collaborate with other research groups
  • Serve as a resource to other research networks
  • Disseminate results to influence clinical policies and improve care
  • Contribute to the evidence base and study the best ways to implement that evidence
  • Ensure our projects are consistent with the mission of the AAP and further its goals and objectives

Our Core Values

  • PROS is dedicated to:
    • Defining and advancing the best care for all children
    • Performing research that is meaningful to pediatricians
    • Creating a community of caring researchers and pediatricians
    • Fostering ongoing research relationships and camaraderie to advance child health research and invigorate pediatricians
    • Cultivating relationships within the broader child health research community
  • PROS values the unique contributions of every member and participant
  • PROS studies emphasize and strive for: elegance, simplicity and practicality ​

CER2 Consortium

The Comparative Effectiveness Research through Collaborative Electronic Reporting ​(CER2) consortium:

Capable of supporting research on a wide range of topics.

Dataset inludes:
> 2 million children
7 organizations
222 practice sites
27 states

Clinical Studies

PROS studies advance the knowledge on which pediatric primary care is based. This list comprises our active study topics.

Population Effects of Motivational Interviewing on Pediatric Obesity

Flu Vaccine
A Multi-Site Study Assessing an Intervention for 2nd Dose of Influenza Vaccine

HPV Vaccination
Improving HPV Vaccination Delivery in Pediatric Primary Care: The STOP-HPV Trial

Child Poverty
Implementing an Intervention to Address Social Determinants of Health in Pedi​atric Practice​​​​

Reducing adolescent drinking
Adolescent Substance use Prevention Intervention Research study


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