Measurement framework for the Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes research program

Curr Opin Pediatr. 2018 Apr;30(2):276-284. doi: 10.1097/MOP.0000000000000606.


Purpose of review: Diverse methodological approaches pose significant challenges to assess environmental exposure effects on child health outcomes. Although transdisciplinary research efforts offer unique opportunities for understanding the complex and multidimensional facets of lifespan health and disease trajectories, a shared measurement strategy is necessary for ensuring cohesion and comprehensibility across disciplines and domains.

Recent findings: Exposure science often focuses on one life stage, one primary outcome domain and/or one environmental context without regard for understanding the complexity of exposome pathways and outcomes across a developmental continuum. As part of the National Institutes of Health Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes Program, the Person Reported Outcomes Core developed a unifying measurement framework that takes a lifespan development approach to assess physical, mental and social health outcomes within the complex matrix of environmental exposure pathways.

Summary: The proposed framework offers a shared methodological approach to health outcome assessment, with a particular emphasis on person-reported outcomes. This framework will be instrumental for future large-scale consortia and transdisciplinary team science efforts by providing a common structure, measurement guidance and consistent terminology.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research / methods*
  • Biomedical Research / organization & administration
  • Child
  • Child Health*
  • Environmental Exposure / adverse effects*
  • Environmental Health*
  • Humans
  • Mental Health
  • National Institutes of Health (U.S.)*
  • Patient Reported Outcome Measures*
  • Research Design*
  • United States