The characteristics of childhood as a unique developmental stage of life, the continuity of child health with adult health, and a distinctive child health care system justify a separate focus of health services research on children.
Child health services research (CHSR) currently lacks the tools necessary to monitor the impact of health system change on children's health and health care and to compare the effectiveness of alternative treatment modalities.
There is an urgent need to build the research capacity of this field of inquiry.
Ignoring or minimizing attention to CHSR is both shortsighted and ultimately costly for families and the entire nation.
We present arguments for why children merit a separate focus in health services research, identify factors that have led to the failure of appropriate development of CHSR, and offer a set of strategies for how to build the research capacity of the field.
Mots-clés Pascal : Enfant, Homme, Service santé, Recherche développement, Caractéristique fonctionnement, Communication information, Qualité vie, Croissance équilibrée, Article synthèse, Organisation santé, Pédiatrie, Education santé, Politique sanitaire
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Child, Human, Health service, Research and development, Performance characteristic, Information communication, Quality of life, Balanced growth, Review, Public health organization, Pediatrics, Health education, Health policy
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0342808
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 12/09/1997.