Duncan GJ, Kirkendall NJ, Citro CF, eds; National Research Council and Institute of Medicine. 2014. The National Children's Study 2014: An assessment. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 147 pp.
Annotation: This report presents findings from a Congressionally-mandated review of the design of the National Children's Main Study. Topics include the national probability sample's overall sample size and design, the use of hospitals and birthing centers as the primary sampling unit, relative size of the prenatal and birth strata in the probability sample, the size of the supplemental convenience sample, optimal use of sibling births, use of health care providers to refer prospective participants, proposed study visit schedule with emphasis on more frequent data collection in pregnancy and early childhood, proposed approach to assess health and developmental phenotypes, and proposed approach to define and characterize health disparities. Conclusions and recommendations, including information on logistical and resource constraints, are also provided.
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Keywords: Longitudinal studies, MCH research, National initiatives, Research methodology, Research reviews