Sources of knowledge transfer among primary care pediatric health care providers

Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2008 Nov;47(9):930-4. doi: 10.1177/0009922808320600. Epub 2008 Jul 14.


Objectives: The authors sought to understand which informational sources pediatric health care providers perceive as most influential in how they stay current with health care innovations.

Methods: Rochester, New York, area pediatric health care providers were surveyed using a self-administered questionnaire. Two items pertained to the health care provider's ability to interpret primary research, and 9 items pertained to the influence and relative importance of various sources of information.

Results: A 61% response rate was obtained. Most (83%) respondents felt adequately trained to interpret primary research, fewer (31%) felt they have the time to do so. Almost all respondents (92%) felt that American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines were a major influence, and 44% felt that AAP guidelines were the single most influential source of information in how they altered their practice over time.

Conclusions: In the setting of time constraints, and the volume and complexity of published therapeutic research, AAP guidelines are playing an increasing role in knowledge transfer.

MeSH terms

  • Chi-Square Distribution
  • Humans
  • Information Dissemination*
  • Pediatrics / education*
  • Primary Health Care*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires