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Project Number: UA6 MC 15585-04
Grantee: American Academy of Pediatrics
Department/Center: Department of Research / Primary Care Research
Project Date: 09/01/2009

Final Report


Principal Investigator

Richard C. (Mort) Wasserman, MD
85 S. Prospect Street
Burlington VT, VT  05405
Phone: (802) 656-3046


  • Perinatal/Infancy (0-12 months)
  • Toddlerhood (13-35 months)
  • Early Childhood (3-5 years)
  • Middle Childhood (6-11 years)
  • Adolescence (12-18 years)


PROBLEM: The paucity of knowledge derived from research in primary care, the consequent lack of guideline credibility for primary care practitioners, and practitioners' sub-optimal adherence to guidelines leads to adverse effects on the quality of care and the health of children. The work of this project directly addresses the following MCH Strategic Research Issues: #I Public health service systems and infrastructures at the community, state and/or national levels, as they apply to different maternal and child health populations based on demographic, epidemiological, and/or other factors; #II MCH services and systems of care efforts to eliminate health disparities and barriers to health care access for MCH populations; #III. Services and systems to assure quality of care for MCH populations; #IV. Promoting the healthy development of MCH populations. GOAL(S) AND OBJECTIVES: Pediatric Research in Office Settings (PROS), the AAP's national research network of pediatric primary care practitioners, will address these problems by accomplishing the following goals: (1) Develop new research ideas and conduct research on critical child health issues; (2) Promote and inform the development of evidence-based guidelines through network research for use by practitioners to improve child health care services; (3) Disseminate critical information on research findings and guidelines developed to child health professionals, policy makers, and the public. METHODOLOGY: Pediatric Research in Office Settings (PROS), a practice-based research network of the AAP, conducts research to address project goals and objectives. New projects are developed at semi-annual meetings of state representatives. PROS practitioners collect research data in community-based pediatric practice sites. Research staff analyze data and report results. COORDINATION: Results are used to inform guidelines and policies and are disseminated via publications and through collaborations with policymakers, educators, and leadership at the American Academy of Pediatrics. EVALUATION: Progress towards achievement of project objectives is monitored through tracking of evaluation measures and regular reporting to MCHB.


Listed is descending order by year published.

Resnicow K, McMaster F, Bocian A, et al. Motivational interviewing and dietary counseling for obesity in primary care: an RCT. Pediatrics. 2015;135(4):649.

Drehmer JE, Ossip DJ, Nabi-Burza E, et al. Thirdhand smoke beliefs of parents. Pediatrics. 2014;133(4):e850-56.

Gorzkowski JA, Klein JD, Harris DL, et al. Maintenance of certification part 4 credit and recruitment for practice-based research. Pediatrics. 2014;134(4):747-53.

Winickoff JP, Nabi-Burza E, Chang Y, et al. Sustainability of a parental tobacco control intervention in pediatric practice. Pediatrics. 2014;134(5):933-941.

Bernstein HH, Spino C, Lalama CM, Finch S, Wasserman R, McCormick MC. Unreadiness for Postpartum Discharge Following Healthy Term Pregnancy: Impact on Health Care Use and Outcomes. Academic Pediatrics. 2013;13(1):27-39.

Friebely JF, Rigotti NA, Chang Y, Hall N, Weiley V, Dempsey J, Hipple B, Nabi-Burza E, Murphy S, Woo H, Winickoff JP. " Parent smoker role conflict and planning to quit smoking: a cross-sectional study" BMC Public Health 2013, 13:164.

Nabi-Burza E, Winickoff JP, Finch S, Regan S. Triple tobacco screen: opportunity to help families become smokefree. Am J Prev Med. 2013 Dec;45(6):728-31. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2013.07.007. PubMed PMID: 24237914; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3860591

Ossip DJ, Chang Y, Nabi-Burza E, Drehmer J, Finch S, Hipple B, Rigotti NA, Klein JD, Winickoff JP. Strict smoke-free home policies among smoking parents in pediatric settings. Acad Pediatr. 2013 Nov-Dec;13(6):517-23. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2013.06.003. PubMed PMID: 24238677.

Winickoff JP, Nabi-Burza E, Chang Y, Finch S, Regan S, Wasserman M, Ossip D, Woo H, Klein J, Dempsey J, Drehmer J, Hipple B, Weiley V, Murphy S, Rigotti N. Implementation of a Parental Tobacco Control Intervention in Pediatric Practice. Pediatrics. 2013; 132(1):109-117.

Drehmer JE, Ossip DJ, Rigotti NA, Nabi E, Woo H, Wasserman RC, Chang Y & Winickoff JP. Pediatrician interventions and thirdhand smoke beliefs of parents. Am J Prev Med. 2012; 43(5): 533-536

Herman-Giddens ME, Steffes J, Harris D, Slora E, Hussey M, Dowshen S, Wasserman R, Serwint JR, Smitherman L, Reiter EO. Secondary sexual characteristics in boys: data from the Pediatric Research in Office Settings Network. Pediatrics. 2012; 130(5): 1058 -1068

Nabi E, Regan S, Dempsey J, Drehmer J, Friebely J, Hall N, Hipple B, Ossip D, Rigotti N, Weiley V, Winickoff JP. Parents Smoking In Their Cars With Children. Pediatrics. 2012; 130(6): 1471-1478.

Resnicow K, McMaster F, Woolford S, Slora E, Bocian A, Harris D, Drehmer J, Wasserman R, Schwartz R, Myers E, Foster J, Snetselaar L, Hollinger D, Smith K. Study design and baseline description of the BMI2 trial: reducing paediatric obesity in primary care practices. Pediatr Obes. 2012 Feb;7(1):3-15

Winickoff JP, Hipple B, Drehmer J, Nabi E, Hall N, Ossip DJ, Friebely J. The Clinical Effort Against Secondhand Smoke Exposure (CEASE) Intervention: A Decade of Lessons Learned. Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management. 2012; 19(9): 414-419.


Primary Care, Clinical Practice, Medical Home, Well-Child Pediatric Care

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