AAP officials, who have developed surveys and quality standards to help pediatricians improve their practices, are testing their program on physicians in three states.

So far, 170 pediatricians from the Chicago area, Vermont and Washington state have volunteered to participate in seven exercises in which they evaluate several aspects of their practices.

The program, called the AAP Ambulatory Quality of Care Self-Assessment Project, is conducted through the AAP Council on Pediatric Practice Subcommittee on Quality of Care.

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