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Department of Pediatrics : Research : General Pediatrics Research Group

The General Pediatrics Research Group provides the children of the greater Charleston area with the opportunity to actively participate in world class pediatric research initiatives via Phase I, II, III, and IV clinical research trials. Quality assurance standards are high and continuously monitored from initial contract agreement to final data presentation and contract closure. By working together, we are able to achieve a solid and predictable clinical research initiative. With these goals in mind, we pledge to make this a positive experience for our clients and to provide accurate and reliable data to our sponsors. Our group is affiliated with pediatric primary health care providers from MUSC Children's Hospital's General Pediatrics Department, the Pediatric Primary Care Clinic, the South Carolina Pediatric Practice Research Network (SCPPRN) and our Attending/Resident Physician Continuity Clinic. Our clinical patient contacts average seventy per day (9,000 active patient pool/10,000 well checks per year). The Division has active research efforts in each of our clinical sections, including Hospital Medicine, Outpatient and Community Practice, and the Newborn Nursery. Hospitalist faculty have research foci in asthma care, international health, use of Health Information Technology to improve quality and efficiency of care, and medication errors. Our hospitalists are active in medical education research as well. Outpatient faculty are active in asthma research, clinical trials, quality measurement and implementation science, health services research, immunization delivery, environmental health, and practice-based research network research. Research activity in the Newborn Nursery focuses on process improvement and support of breastfeeding. All General Pediatric research activities are available to trainees, and Division faculty frequently serve as mentors to medical students, residents, and fellows completing research or quality improvement projects.