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EAPRASnet (European Academy of Paediatrics Research in Ambulatory Settings network) is a practice-based research network that  was established in 2009. It consists of paediatric practitioners from practices in European and Mediterranean countries and research consultants from  Europe in collaboration with the EAP and AAP PROS.

The mission of EAPRASnet is to improve the health of European children and enhance the quality of  primary care paediatrics  by conducting  collaborative practice-based research.

Establishment of a structure and process to study the care provided to children in community-based general paediatric primary care settings and the effectiveness of that care; provision of investigative experience to a large group of practitioners on the study of care and treatment issues in practice;  dissemination of study results to paediatricians and other primary care practitioners, public health groups and groups formulating guidelines, standards and recommendations so that they might act on this new information.

EAPRASnet practitioners and researchers work together to generate research questions, design study materials and protocols, obtain research funding, collect study data, analyze collected data, and publish results. This collaboration is accomplished through EAPRASnet participants, , recruited and maintained by EAPRASnet national coordinators.

The network is the research laboratory of the primary care setting and in the latest study, EAPRASnet has enrolled up to 2014 a total of 1.600 active pediatricians from 43 countries.
A recruitment survey showed that areas of most interest for research were: quality of care indicators, communication with parents, obesity, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and effective well child care. Main incentives for participation in a research project were interest in the topic (81%) and effort to improve quality of care (71%). Lack of time was the leading reported obstacle (72%).(1)

A second electronic survey assessing primary care pediatricians’ estimations and practices regarding parents’ vaccination refusal was sent to 395 EAPRASnet members, with a response rate of 87 %. Of respondents who vaccinate in their clinic, 93% estimated the total vaccine refusal rate less than1%. Sixty nine percent of all respondents prefer a shared decision making approach to handle parents’ vaccine hesitancy.(2)

n 2012 a survey on Use of Antibiotics in Upper Respiratory Tract Infections has been performed to evaluate European primary care paediatricians’ knowledge, attitudes and practice regarding antibiotic prescribing for upper respiratory infections in order also to identify targets for future intervention studies.(3)

In 2013 a survey on “Paediatrician’s practices and perspectives concerning Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) in children 1 month to 36 months” has been performed in 6 different languages with a significant contribution by 1.140 paediatricians from 26 European countries.(4)

More recently a survey on Electronic Health Research Records (EHRs) in ambulatory settings has been completed by 670 paediatricians from 26 European Countries. Data are under analysis.

Last effort has been the short survey on Antibiotic Treatment for Childhood Pmeumonia (EMPARI) completed by 740 paediatricians. The preliminary results under analysis could trigger a wider and deeper survey project.

During 2014 EAPRASnet had also the opportunity to discuss its participation in several european projects (Horizon 2020) and eventually be part of them. As a result EAPRASnet is starting a new phase of its short history. Participating in these projects allows to get in contact with other research groups and be part of bigger projects.

Hopefully, the new knowledge generated from the EAPRASnet studies could lead to changes in clinical guidelines or policy statements of paediatric pace-setting organizations, as has already happened with the AAP PROS studies influencing AAP policy.

1) European Academy of Paediatrics Research in Ambulatory Setting Network. (EAPRASnet): A multi national paediatric network for better child health.
delTorso S, GerberA, Drabik A, Hadjipanayis A, Nicholson A. Van Esso D, Grossman Z.
Child Care Health Dev 2010;36:385-91.

2) Primary care pediatricians’ perceptions of vaccine refusal in Europe.
Zachi Grossman MD, Diego Van Esso MD, Stefano delTorso MD, Adamos Hadjipanayis MD, Anna Drabik MSc, Andreas Gerber MD PhD, Dan Miron
MD PIDJ 2011; 30;3.

3) Antibiotic prescribing for upper respiratory infections: European primary paediatricians’ knowledge, attitudes and practice
Grossman Z, Del Torso S, Hadjipanayis A, van Esso D, Drabik A, Sharland M. Antibiotic prescribing for upper respiratory infections: European primary paediatricians’ knowledge attitudes and practice. Acta Paediatr. 2012;101:935-40.

4) Current primary care management of children aged 1–36 months with urinary tract infections in Europe: large scale survey of paediatric practice
Adamos Hadjipanayis, Zachi Grossman, Stefano del Torso, Diego van Esso, Hans Juergen Dornbusch, Artur Mazur, Anna Drabik, Giovanni Montini
Arch Dis Child 2015;100:341-7. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2014-306119. Epub 2014 Nov 5

5) Antibiotic preferences for childhood pneumonia vary by physician type and European region
Julia A. Bielicki, Charlotte I.S. Barker, Alike W. van der Velden, Mike Sharland, Diego van Esso,Adamos Hadjipanayis, Stefano del Torso and Zachi Grossman
ERJ Open Res 2016; 2: 00001-2016 | DOI: 10.1183/23120541.00001-2016

6) Primary care paediatricians’ use of electronic health records in Europe
Zachi Grossman, Stefano del Torso, Diego van Esso, Jochen Ehrich, Peter Altorjai, Artur Mazur, Corinne Wyder, Ana Margarida Neves, Hans Jurgen Dornbusch, Elke Jaeger Roman, Antonella Santucci, Adamos Hadjipanayis
Child Care Health Dev In Press