Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network
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Research Questions in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics

What Are Important Research Questions in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics: The DBPNet Perspective

Abstract

Context:

In September of 2010 the federal Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB) provided funding  to establish  a multisite developmental and behavioral pediatrics research network with CHOP as the Network Coordinating Center (NCC). One goal for the NCC was to establish a consensus derived research agenda for the network.

Objectives:

The primary goal of this study is to identify the most important research questions in developmental-behavioral pediatrics that should be pursued in the next 5 years. A secondary objective is to identify the important research questions that are most feasible for a developmental-behavioral pediatrics research network.

Study Design:

An electronic Delphi procedure will be used to identify the most important research questions related to developmental and behavioral pediatrics. In Stage 1 qualitative research procedures will be used to develop a list of potentially important research questions.  In Stage 2 participants will be asked to rank the importance of the research question and a subset of the participants will be asked to rank the feasibility of the research for a developmental-behavioral pediatrics research network.

Setting/Participants:

Participants in the survey will be key stakeholders at each of the 12 developmental-behavioral pediatrics research network sites. These stakeholders will include individuals from the fields of developmental-behavioral pediatrics and pediatric psychology as well as parents of children with developmental disabilities.

Study Interventions and Measures:

There are no interventions. The only measures are the surveys of individuals asking them to initially generate a list of important research questions in developmental-behavioral pediatrics and subsequently to rank the importance of each question.