Ambulatory Pediatrics (Ambul Pediatr)

Publisher: Ambulatory Pediatric Association, Elsevier Masson

Journal description

Ambulatory Pediatrics, the official journal of the Ambulatory Pediatric Association, is a peer-reviewed publication whose purpose is to strengthen the research and educational base of academic general pediatrics. The content areas of the journal reflect the interests of Association members and other health professionals who care for children. These areas include such diverse topics as pediatric education, emergency medicine, injury, abuse, behavioral pediatrics, holistic medicine, child health services and health policy, and the environment. The journal's particular emphases include an active forum for the presentation of pediatric educational research in diverse settings, involving medical students, residents, fellows, and practicing professionals. The journal also emphasizes important research relating to the quality of child health care, health care policy, and the organization of child health services. Ambulatory Pediatrics provides a forum for careful systematic reviews of primary care interventions and for the presentation of important methodologic papers to aid research in child health and education. As the official journal of the Ambulatory Pediatric Association, Ambulatory Pediatrics publishes policy statements, communications from the Board of Directors, and notices of important Committee and Special Interest Group projects.

Current impact factor: 2.49

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2010 Impact Factor 2.491
2009 Impact Factor 1.6
2008 Impact Factor 1.846
2007 Impact Factor 1.6
2006 Impact Factor 1.589
2005 Impact Factor 1.475
2004 Impact Factor 1.881
2003 Impact Factor 1.458
2002 Impact Factor 1.38
2001 Impact Factor

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 0.00
Cited half-life 4.20
Immediacy index 0.87
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.00
Website Ambulatory Pediatrics website
Other titles Ambulatory pediatrics (Online), Ambulatory pediatrics
ISSN 1530-1567
OCLC 49243356
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publisher details

Elsevier Masson

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    • Publisher last reviewed on 01/05/2015
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  • Classification
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Publications in this journal

  • Ambulatory Pediatrics 05/2008; 8(3). DOI:10.1016/j.ambp.2008.03.011
  • Ambulatory Pediatrics 05/2008; 8(3):e6. DOI:10.1016/j.ambp.2008.03.022
  • Ambulatory Pediatrics 05/2008; 8(3):e1. DOI:10.1016/j.ambp.2008.03.003
  • Ambulatory Pediatrics 05/2008; 8(3):e4. DOI:10.1016/j.ambp.2008.03.014
  • Ambulatory Pediatrics 05/2008; 8(3):e1-e2. DOI:10.1016/j.ambp.2008.03.005
  • Ambulatory Pediatrics 05/2008; 8(3):e7. DOI:10.1016/j.ambp.2008.03.029
  • Ambulatory Pediatrics 05/2008; 8(3). DOI:10.1016/j.ambp.2008.03.028
  • Ambulatory Pediatrics 05/2008; 8(3). DOI:10.1016/j.ambp.2008.03.012
  • Ambulatory Pediatrics 05/2008; 8(3):e3-e4. DOI:10.1016/j.ambp.2008.03.013
  • Ambulatory Pediatrics 05/2008; 8(3). DOI:10.1016/j.ambp.2008.03.007
  • Ambulatory Pediatrics 03/2008; 8(2):144-145. DOI:10.1016/j.ambp.2007.12.002
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    Ambulatory Pediatrics 01/2008; 8(1):1-3. DOI:10.1016/j.ambp.2007.12.001
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    ABSTRACT: Overweight children are at increased risk for many medical problems. Trauma is the leading etiology of childhood morbidity and mortality. No previous study has evaluated the association between overweight and acute ankle injuries in children. We hypothesized that being overweight is associated with an increased risk of ankle injury in children. We conducted a case-control study in an urban pediatric emergency department. Subjects aged 5 to 19 years were recruited from June 2005 through July 2006. Children with acute ankle trauma were enrolled as cases. A convenience sample of children with a chief complaint of fever, headache, or sore throat was enrolled as controls. Demographic information and anthropometric measurements were obtained. Age- and gender-specific body mass index percentiles (BMI-Ps) were calculated using pediatric norms. Multivariate unconditional logistic regression was used to assess the relationship between overweight and ankle injury, adjusting for demographic variables. Through medical records, we obtained demographic information and weight, but not height, of all cases that were not enrolled. This allowed us to conduct a sensitivity analysis in which we combined the enrolled and nonenrolled cases into a single case group and made increasingly more unlikely assumptions about the height percentiles of the nonenrolled cases. One hundred eighty cases and 180 controls were enrolled in the study. We observed a significant association between overweight and ankle injury (multivariate-adjusted odds ratio 3.26, 95% confidence interval, 1.86-5.72; P value for trend <.0001). Although this result may be an overestimate of the magnitude of the association due to a possible bias in the selection of cases, sensitivity analysis demonstrated the robustness of the statistical significance of the finding. Overweight children may be at increased risk of ankle injury.
    Ambulatory Pediatrics 01/2008; 8(1):66-9. DOI:10.1016/j.ambp.2007.08.003
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to evaluate the sensitivity and specificity of the parent and youth versions of the 17-item Pediatric Symptom Checklist (PSC-17) for identifying children with symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Cross-sectional convenience samples of children aged 8 to 10 years treated at a primary care pediatrics practice in New York City were recruited. The PSC-17 and its 5-item internalizing subscale were used in both parent- and youth-completed formats. Posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms were identified with the University of California, Los Angeles posttraumatic stress reaction index (UCLA RI), used as a structured interview with the child. One hundred fifty-six children enrolled in the study. Twenty-two percent of children met the UCLA RI cutoff for likely PTSD. The youth version of the PSC-17 and its 5-item internalizing subscale identified these children with sensitivities of 78% and 75% and specificities of 77% and 77%, respectively, relative to the UCLA RI. The parent version of the PSC-17 and the internalizing subscale had poorer sensitivities of 44% and 25% and similar specificities of 79% and 92%, respectively. Symptoms of PTSD can be identified using the youth self-report version of the PSC-17. A 5-item subscale of the PSC-17 also performed well and can readily be used in primary care settings.
    Ambulatory Pediatrics 01/2008; 8(1):32-5. DOI:10.1016/j.ambp.2007.08.007
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    ABSTRACT: Low-income children are disproportionately at risk for preventable motor-vehicle injury. Many of these children are covered by Medicaid programs placing substantial economic burden on states. Child restraint systems (CRSs) have demonstrated efficacy in preventing death and injury among children in crashes but remain underutilized because of poor access and education. The objective of this study was to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of Medicaid-based reimbursement for CRS disbursement and education for low-income children and compare it with vaccinations covered under the Vaccines For Children (VFC) program. A cost-effectiveness analysis was performed of Medicaid reimbursement for CRS disbursement/education for low-income children based on data from public and private databases. Primary outcomes measured include cost per life-year saved, death, serious injury, and minor injury averted, as well as medical, parental work loss, and future productivity loss costs averted. Cost-effectiveness calculations were compared with published cost-effectiveness data for vaccinations covered under the VFC program. The adoption of a CRS disbursement/education program could prevent up to 2 deaths, 12 serious injuries, and 51 minor injuries per 100,000 low-income children annually. When fully implemented, the program could save Medicaid over $1 million per 100,000 children in direct medical costs while costing $13 per child per year after all 8 years of benefit. From the perspective of Medicaid, the program would cost $17,000 per life-year saved, $60,000 per serious injury prevented, and $560,000 per death averted. The program would be cost saving from a societal perspective. These data are similar to published vaccination cost-effectiveness data. Implementation of a Medicaid-funded CRS disbursement/education program was comparable in cost-effectiveness with federal vaccination programs targeted toward similar populations and represents an important potential strategy for addressing injury disparities among low-income children.
    Ambulatory Pediatrics 01/2008; 8(1):58-65. DOI:10.1016/j.ambp.2007.08.008
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to 1) assess sociodemographic and health characteristics associated with having a continuous source of care (CSOC) among young children and 2) determine the relationship between having a CSOC and use of parenting practices. We conducted a prospective, community-based survey of women receiving prenatal care at Philadelphia community health centers. We conducted surveys at the first prenatal visit and at a mean age +/- standard deviation of 3 +/-1, 11 +/- 1, and 24 +/- 2 months postpartum, obtaining information on sociodemographic and health characteristics, child's health care provider, and 6 parenting practices. Group differences were tested between those with and without a CSOC by using the chi-square test for categorical variables and the Student's t test for continuous variables. Logistic regression analysis was conducted to adjust for potential confounding variables. Our sample consisted of 894 mostly young, African American, single women and their children. In the adjusted analysis, mothers of children with a CSOC, when compared with those without a CSOC, were more likely to have a high school education or less, be born in the United States, have a postpartum checkup, have stable child health insurance, and initiate care for their child at a site other than a community-based health center. Use of parenting practices was similar for children with and without a CSOC. Maternal nativity, postpartum care, child health insurance, and initial site of infant care were associated with CSOC, but infant health characteristics were not. Use of parenting practices did not differ for those with and without a CSOC.
    Ambulatory Pediatrics 01/2008; 8(1):36-42. DOI:10.1016/j.ambp.2007.08.005
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    ABSTRACT: Childhood psychosocial problems have profound effects on development, functioning, and long-term mental health. The pediatrician is often the only health professional who regularly comes in contact with young children, and it is recommended that health care supervision should include care of behavioral and emotional issues. However, it is unknown whether pediatricians believe they should be responsible for this aspect of care. Our objective was to report the proportion of physicians who agree that pediatricians should be responsible for identifying, treating/managing, and referring a range of behavioral issues in their practices, and to examine the personal physician and practice characteristics associated with agreeing that pediatricians should be responsible for treating/managing 7 behavioral issues. The 59th Periodic Survey of members of the American Academy of Pediatrics was sent to a random sample of 1600 members. The data that are presented are based on the responses of 659 members in current practice and no longer in training who completed the attitude questions. More than 80% of respondents agreed that pediatricians should be responsible for identification, especially for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), eating disorders, child depression, child substance abuse, and behavior problems. In contrast, only 59% agreed that pediatricians were responsible for identifying learning problems. Seventy percent thought that pediatricians should treat/manage ADHD; but for other conditions, most thought that their responsibility should be to refer. Few factors were consistently associated with higher odds of agreement that pediatricians should be responsible for treating/managing these problems, except for not spending their professional time exclusively in general pediatrics. These data suggest that pediatricians think that they should identify patients for mental health issues, but less than one-third agreed that it is their responsibility to treat/manage such problems, except for children with ADHD. Those not working exclusively in general pediatrics were more likely to agree that pediatricians should be responsible for treating and managing children's mental health problems.
    Ambulatory Pediatrics 01/2008; 8(1):11-7. DOI:10.1016/j.ambp.2007.10.006
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    ABSTRACT: Homelessness and hunger are associated with poor health care access among children. Housing instability and food insecurity represent milder and more prevalent forms of homelessness and hunger. The aim of this study was to determine the association between housing instability and food insecurity with children's health care access and acute health care utilization. We conducted a cross-sectional analysis of 12,746 children from low-income households included in the 2002 National Survey of America's Families (NSAF). In multivariate models controlling for important covariates, we measured the association between housing instability and food insecurity with 3 health care access measures: 1) no usual source of care, 2) postponed medical care, and 3) postponed medications. We also measured 3 health care utilization measures: 1) not receiving the recommended number of well-child care visits, 2) increased emergency department visits, and 3) hospitalizations. Our analysis showed that 29.5% of low-income children lived in households with housing instability and 39.0% with food insecurity. In multivariate logistic regression models, housing instability was independently associated with postponed medical care, postponed medications, and increased emergency department visits. Food insecurity was independently associated with no usual source of care, postponed medical care, postponed medications, and not receiving the recommended well-child care visits. Families that experience housing instability and food insecurity, without necessarily experiencing homelessness or hunger, have compromised ability to receive adequate health care for their children. Policy makers should consider improving programs that decrease housing instability and food insecurity, and clinicians should consider screening for housing instability and food insecurity so as to provide comprehensive care.
    Ambulatory Pediatrics 01/2008; 8(1):50-7. DOI:10.1016/j.ambp.2007.08.004