Research in Ambulatory Pediatrics

  • Edward R. Christophersen
  • Janice E. Abernathy


Traditionally, the practice of pediatrics not only has concentrated upon the infectious, physical, metabolic, nutritional, and congenital problems of children, but also has emphasized the prevention of these problems. Until the last decade, however, little effort has been directed toward the recognition and treatment of the emotional and social aspects of normal growth and development (Friedman, 1970). Within the last 10 years, consumer demand and the increasing body of knowledge of growth and development have prompted the evolution of an important pediatric primary care subspecialty, that is, ambulatory pediatrics. The practitioners in this subspecialty provide care for the ever-increasing well-child population and consequently have discovered that the health status of children cannot be separated into that which is physical and that which is emotional; rather, a relationship exists between these two components of child health.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward R. Christophersen
    • 1
    • 2
  • Janice E. Abernathy
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PediatricsUniversity of Kansas Medical CenterKansas CityUSA
  2. 2.Bureau of Child ResearchUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA
  3. 3.Platte Medical ClinicPlatte CityUSA

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