Research priorities for a multi-center child abuse pediatrics network - CAPNET

Child Abuse Negl. 2017 Mar:65:152-157. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2017.01.015. Epub 2017 Feb 3.


Although child maltreatment medical research has benefited from several multi-center studies, the new specialty of child abuse pediatrics has not had a sustainable network capable of pursuing multiple, prospective, clinically-oriented studies. The Child Abuse Pediatrics Network (CAPNET) is a new multi-center research network dedicated to child maltreatment medical research. In order to establish a relevant, practical research agenda, we conducted a modified Delphi process to determine the topic areas with highest priority for such a network. Research questions were solicited from members of the Ray E. Helfer Society and study authors and were sorted into topic areas. These topic areas were rated for priority using iterative rounds of ratings and in-person meetings. The topics rated with the highest priority were missed diagnosis and selected/indicated prevention. This agenda can be used to target future multi-center child maltreatment medical research.

Keywords: Delphi method; Multi-center research; Physical abuse; Priorities; Research.

MeSH terms

  • Advisory Committees
  • Child
  • Child Abuse* / classification
  • Consensus
  • Delphi Technique
  • Health Priorities
  • Humans
  • Pediatrics*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Research*
  • United States