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February 2005

Validity of Maternal Report of Acute Health Care for Children: Evaluating Proxy Interview Responses

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2005;159(2):193-194. doi:10.1001/archpedi.159.2.193

Recent years have seen increasing recognition of the importance of considering the unique qualities of children in measuring health care use. Such increased recognition has been manifested in growing numbers of publications specifically measuring children’s health outcomes,1 directed funding for studies of children from the National Institutes of Health and other funding agencies (including a health services component of the National Children’s Study),2 and the inclusion of children in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s policy on priority populations.1