Pediatric Practice Research Group

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).

Getting Involved with the PPRG

We frequently have new studies and grant opportunities to foster research partnerships between community and academic clinicians and research faculty members.

Pilot Project Research Opportunities

The aim of a pilot project is to develop research ideas and partnerships.

2019 Primary Care Practice-based Research/TRICAM Award

Primary Care Practice-based Research/Center for Community Health (CCH) Seed Grant Award

Studies Involving Participating Practices

Pilot Projects

Study Title: Blood pressure screening in the primary care setting: Impact of the 2017 AAP Clinical Practice Guideline

Principal Investigator: Janna Lam, MD

Objectives: To understand how the 2017 American Academy of Pediatrics Clinical Practice Guideline impacts the prevalence of high blood pressure in the primary care setting.

Participating Practices:

Chicago Area Pediatrics 
Children’s Healthcare Associates 
Drs. Bedingfield and Rosewell 
Elm Street Pediatrics, PediaTrust, LLC  
Lurie Children's Academic General Pediatrics & Primary Care 
Lurie Children's Primary Care – Town & Country Pediatrics 
Northwestern Children’s Practice 
Pedios, LTD 
Premier Pediatrics, PediaTrust, LLC 
Streeterville Pediatrics 

Study Full Name: Clinical management of Moderate-Severe Atopic Dermatitis (AD) in 0-2-year-olds by community-based pediatricians

Principal Investigators: Anna Fishbein, MD, Johnathan Necheles, MD

Objectives:  1) Develop a community-engaged research partnership focused on AD; 2) Engage the PPRG Leadership and Practices to better understand practice patterns related to the care and treatment of AD in 0-2-year-old; 3) Outline best practices to improve AD care by pediatricians.

Participating Practices: 

Chicago Area Pediatrics 
Children’s Healthcare Associates
Lawndale Christian Health Center
Drs. Bedingfield and Rosewell 
Elm Street Pediatrics, PediaTrust, LLC 
Highland Park Pediatric Associates, PediaTrust, LLC 
Lake Shore Pediatrics, PediaTrust, LLC 
Lakeview Pediatrics
Lawndale Christian Health Center 
Northwestern Children’s Practice 
Oak Park Pediatrics 
OSF Center for Health - Route 91 
OSF MG Morton Pediatrics 
Pediatric Associates of Arlington Heights, PediaTrust, LLC 
Pediatric Associates of Barrington, PediaTrust, LLC 
Pediatric Health Associates  
Pediatric Partners, PediaTrust, LLC 
Pedios, LTD  
Premier Pediatrics-PEDIATRUST 
Streeterville Pediatrics 
Department of Pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria (UICOMP)- University Pediatrics 

Study Title: Behavioral Health and Other Pediatric Chronic Conditions in Primary Care Practice

Principal Investigators: Kristin Kan, MD, Kamala Ghaey, MD, Laurie Hochberg, MD

Objectives: Establish a research advisory team of community-based pediatricians to guide the data collection strategies and interpretation of findings. Use electronic health record data to explore community physicians’ practice patterns in managing pediatric behavioral health & co-morbid chronic conditions. Explore current management practices & perspectives on behavioral health integration models in primary care.

Participating Practices:

Access Community Health Network
Elm Street Pediatrics, PediaTrust, LLC
Kidz Health P.C.
Lawndale Christian Health Center
Pediatric Associates of Barrington, PediaTrust, LLC
Pediatric Partners, PediaTrust, LLC
Premier Pediatrics-PEDIATRUST

Study Title: Does History of Prematurity Prompt Blood Pressure Evaluations at Primary Care Visits?

Principal Investigators: Benjamin Kornfeld, MD, and Gal Finer, MD

Objectives: To understand blood pressure screening practices of infants

Participating Practices:

Child & Adolescent Health Associates, Chicago, IL
Children’s Health Care Associates, Chicago, IL
Drs Bedingfield, Rosewell, Silver, and Nourbash, Hoffman Estates, IL
Drs Traisman, Benuck, Merens, and Kimball (Chicago Area Pediatrics)
Erie Family Health Center, Chicago, IL
Esperanza Health Centers, Chicago, IL
Infant Welfare Society of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Kidz Health P.C., Chicago, IL
Lake Forest Pediatric Associates, Ltd, Vernon Hills, IL
Lakeview Pediatrics, Chicago, IL
Lawndale Christian Health Center, Chicago, IL
Lurie Children's Academic General Pediatrics & Primary Care
Lurie Children's Primary Care – Town & Country Pediatrics
Melrose Park Pediatrics, Melrose Park, IL
Near North Health Service Corporation, Chicago, IL
North Arlington Pediatrics, Arlington Heights, IL
North Suburban Pediatrics, Buffalo Grove, IL
Northwestern Children’s Practice, Chicago, IL
Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group Pediatrics, Chicago, IL
Oak Park Pediatrics, Oak Park, IL
Pediatric Associates of Barrington – PEDIATRUST, Fox River Grove, IL
Pediatric Associates of the North Shore, Wilmette, IL
Pediatric Health Associates, West Chicago, IL
Pediatric Partners, SC – PEDIATRUST, Highland Park, IL
Pedios Limited, Oak Park, IL
St. Joseph Hospital/Resurrection Health Care (Presence Health), Chicago, IL
Tahir Niazi, MD, SC, Chicago, IL
Town & Country Pediatrics, Chicago, IL
Vida Pediatrics, Chicago, IL
Wheaton Pediatrics, Wheaton, IL

Funded Studies

Study Title: Intervention to Reduce Early Peanut Allergy in Children (iREACH)

Principal Investigator: Ruchi Gupta, MD, MPH

Objectives: Assess and improve pediatrician adherence to the 2017 NIAID Prevention of Peanut Allergy (PPA) Guidelines. The new guidelines task pediatricians with conducting peanut allergy risk assessments on 4-6-month-old infants, testing and/or referring high-risk infants to allergists and counseling families on early dietary introduction of peanut products according to level of risk.

Participating Practices: Practice Recruitment Underway

Sponsoring Institution: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Study Title: Mechanisms Underlying Asthma Exacerbations Prevented and Persistent with Immune-Based Therapy (MUPPITS2)

Principal Investigator: Jacqueline Pongracic, MD

Objectives: This is an RCT aimed at understanding if a new medication (mepolizumab), reduces the number of asthma attacks in children ages 6-17.

Participating Practices: 

Altagracia Pediatrics
Lawndale Christian Health Center
Lurie Children's Academic General Pediatrics & Primary Care 
Lurie Children's Primary Care – Town & Country Pediatrics 
Melrose Park Pediatrics
Northwestern Children’s Practice
PediaGroup Associates
Tahir Niazi, MD
Vida Pediatrics

Sponsoring Institution: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Study Title: Improving Technology-Assisted Recording of Asthma Control in Children (iTRACC)

Principal Investigator: Ruchi Gupta, MD, MPH

Objectives: To improve overall asthma control and asthma management among children 4-17 years old with moderate-to-severe asthma.

Participating Practices:

Children’s Healthcare Associates
Lurie Children's Academic General Pediatrics & Primary Care

Sponsoring Institution: United HealthCare Services

Practice-based Research Instruments

Instruments for the Prevention & Management of Childhood Obesity

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.

Survey for parents and guardians of children from 2-17 years old: English | Spanish

Sketches for parents and guardians of children from 2-17 years old:

English: Female | Male

Spanish: Female | Male

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.

Giving Young Hearts Strong Starts - Your Guide to Raising a Heart Healthy Child: English | Spanish

Lead Exposure Prevention

Lowering Lead Exposure (PDF)

Researchers

Adolfo J. Ariza, MD, PPRG Director

Helen Binns, MD, MPH, PPRG Associate Director

Group Members/Staff

Liliana Bolanos, Research Coordinator; contact Liliana for information on collaborating with the Pediatric Practice Research Group.