Evidence-based community pediatrics: Building a bridge from bedside to neighborhood

Lee M. Sanders, Thomas N. Robinson, Lourdes Q. Forster, Katie Plax, Jeffrey P. Brosco, Arturo Brito

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The American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement "The Pediatrician's Role in Community Pediatrics" encourages all pediatricians to partner with their communities to create and disseminate innovative programs that improve child health. This article describes 4 pillars of a bridge to evidence-based community pediatrics for pediatricians interested in pursuing effective community action: (1) collaborate with the community to establish a specific, short-term, health-related goal; (2) identify evidence-based best practice(s) for achieving the shared goal; (3) collaborate with the community to adapt this best practice to the community's unique assets and constraints; and (4) evaluate the project by using appropriate expertise. Practical elements of each pillar are described and illustrated by specific examples from community-based efforts of pediatricians and are accompanied by specific resources to aid pediatricians in their future community health work.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1142-1147
Number of pages6
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2005


  • Community pediatrics
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Evidence-based medicine


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