The National Children's Study: An introduction and historical overview

Mark L. Hudak, Christina H. Park, Robert D. Annett, Daniel E. Hale, Patricia M. McGovern, Thomas J. McLaughlin, Nancy Dole, Jill L. Kaar, Marion J. Balsam

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The National Children's Study (NCS) was an ambitious attempt to map children's health and development in a large representative group of children in the United States. In this introduction, we briefly review the background of the NCS and the history of the multiple strategies that were tested to recruit women and children. Subsequent articles then detail the protocols and outcomes of 4 of the recruitment strategies. It is hoped that lessons learned from these attempts to define a study protocol that could achieve the initial aims of the NCS will inform future efforts to conceptualize and execute strategies to provide generalizable insights on the longitudinal health of our nation's children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S213-S218
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Hudak, M. L., Park, C. H., Annett, R. D., Hale, D. E., McGovern, P. M., McLaughlin, T. J., Dole, N., Kaar, J. L., & Balsam, M. J. (2016). The National Children's Study: An introduction and historical overview. Pediatrics, 137, S213-S218.