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The Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network: a history of multicenter collaboration in the United States.

  • Author(s): Tzimenatos, Leah;
  • Kim, Emily;
  • Kuppermann, Nathan
  • et al.

In this article, we review the history and progress of a large multicenter research network pertaining to emergency medical services for children. We describe the history, organization, infrastructure, and research agenda of the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN), and highlight some of the important accomplishments since its inception. We also describe the network's strategy to grow its research portfolio, train new investigators, and study how to translate new evidence into practice. This strategy ensures not only the sustainability of the network in the future, but the growth of research in emergency medical services for children in general.

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