Pediatric research is necessary to achieve the AAP vision of optimal health for all children.

An updated AAP policy statement describes challenges in pediatric research and offers recommendations to promote research education and support at all levels of training — from premedical to continuing medical education. It also suggests how institutions can support pediatric research and mentorship.

The statement, Promoting Education, Mentorship and Support for Pediatric Research (

), recognizes the full spectrum of pediatric research, including basic science, clinical, community-based, health services and child health policy research.

Child health has unique issues that require investigators who specialize in pediatric research. For example:

The updated report, from the AAP Committee on Pediatric Research, also highlights challenges in pediatric research.

Although the majority of pediatricians select careers primarily as practitioners, exposure to and an appreciation of research methodologies promote skills and competencies for the...

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