The Pediatric Emergency Research Network (PERN): A decade of global research cooperation in paediatric emergency care

Terry P. Klassen*, Stuart R. Dalziel, Franz E. Babl, Javier Benito, Silvia Bressan, James Chamberlain, Todd P. Chang, Stephen B. Freedman, Guillermo Kohn Loncarica, Mark D. Lyttle, Santiago Mintegi, Rakesh D. Mistry, Lise E. Nigrovic, Rianne Oostenbrink, Amy C. Plint, Pedro Rino, Damian Roland, Greg Van de Mosselaer, Nathan Kuppermann

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Objectives: The Pediatric Emergency Research Network (PERN) was launched in 2009 with the intent for existing national and regional research networks in paediatric emergency care to organise globally for the conduct of collaborative research across networks. Methods: PERN has grown from five to eight member networks over the past decade. With an executive committee comprising representatives from all member networks, PERN plays a supportive and collaborative rather than governing role. The full impact of PERN's facilitation of international collaborative research, although somewhat difficult to quantify empirically, can be measured indirectly by the observed growth of the field, the nature of the increasingly challenging research questions now being addressed and the collective capacity to generate and implement new knowledge in treating acutely ill and injured children. Results: Beginning as a pandemic response studying H1N1 influenza risk factors in children, PERN research has progressed to multiple observational studies and ongoing global randomised controlled trials (RCTs). As a recent example, PERN has developed sufficient network infrastructure to enable the rapid initiation of a prospective observational study in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Conclusions: Following its success with developing global research, the PERN goal now is to promote the implementation of scientific advances into everyday clinical practice by: (i) expanding the capacity for global RCTs; (ii) deepening the focus on implementation science; (iii) increasing attention to healthcare disparities; and (iv) expanding PERN's reach into resource-restricted regions. Through these actions, PERN aims to meet the needs of acutely ill and injured children throughout the world.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)900-910
Number of pages11
JournalEMA - Emergency Medicine Australasia
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021


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