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Front. Pediatr. | doi: 10.3389/fped.2017.00240

Introduction and Goals for the National Children’s Study

  • 1Uniformed University of the Health Sciences, United States

The National Children’s Study (NCS) evolved in concept and planning to become an integrated systems based initiative to assess a full spectrum of health and capture the environmental factors and other influences that shape the trajectory of child development. The NCS built on prior work in health assessment, epidemiology, logistics, and methodology in order to address the broad goals of its mandate. To develop the specific methods and tools to conduct a study in multiple environments outside conventional health care delivery clinics the NCS invested in new approaches such as informatics, study operations, and the establishment of a Health Measurements Network to provide accurate, cost effective, and scientifically valid data that would be interoperable with data collected by other longitudinal studies around the world as well as with major national and international health improvement initiatives.

Keywords: Child Health, Child Development, Longitudinal Studies, Environmental Exposure, Growth

Received: 09 Mar 2017; Accepted: 23 Oct 2017.

Edited by:

Richard E. Frye, Phoenix Children's Hospital, United States

Reviewed by:

Bridgette L. Jones, Children's Mercy Hospital, United States
Isadore L. Rubin, Morehouse School of Medicine, United States
Georges J. Casimir, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium  

Copyright: © 2017 Hirschfeld. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Steven Hirschfeld, MD PHD., Uniformed University of the Health Sciences, 4301 Jones Bridge Road, Bethesda, 20814, Maryland, United States, steven.hirschfeld@usuhs.edu