The Pediatric Practice Research Group (PPRG) is a well-established, regional practice-based research network founded in 1984 as a partnership of the Department of Pediatrics at Lurie Children’s and an enthusiastic group of over 50 pediatric practices.
PPRG is dedicated to understanding and promoting optimal child health and function through practice-based research in the primary care setting. Our network-based approach values excellence and innovation. Through our network of over 380 medical providers in the Chicago metropolitan area, PPRG determines best practices, delivers ongoing clinical education and evaluates outcomes relevant to our racially, ethnically and socioeconomically diverse populations.
PPRG operates within the Mary Ann & J. Milburn Smith Child Health Research, Outreach, and Advocacy (SCHROA) Center of the Manne Research Institute. In addition to our pediatric practice partners, PPRG also partners with the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS) through the Center for Community Health at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, which fosters linkages between community clinicians through its Practice Based Research Program (PBRP).
From: Eckstein KC, Mikhail LM, Ariza AJ, Thomson JS, Millard SC, Binns HJ; Pediatric Practice Research Group. Parents' perceptions of their child's weight and health. Pediatrics. 2006 Mar;117(3):681-90.
Sketches for parents and guardians of children from 2-17 years old:
Ariza AJ, Hartman J, Grodecki J, Clavier A, Ghaey K, Elsner M, Moore C, Reina OO, Binns HJ. Linking pediatric primary care obesity management to community programs. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2013;24(2 Suppl):158-67.
The PPRG team has interests in a wide variety of topics. We have access to a diverse population of patients and we have addressed issues that are relevant to primary care. If you are interested in our research, we would like to hear from you.
We encourage community clinicians to partner with us. We often have new studies developing.
For information on collaborating with the Pediatric Practice Research Group, contact Liliana Bolanos.
Adolfo J. Ariza, MD, PPRG Director
Helen Binns, MD, MPH, PPRG Associate Director
John V. Lavigne, PhD, ABPP, Psychology Researcher
Kelly W. Lowry, PhD, Psychology Researcher