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Attention researchers: Call for abstracts and proposals on childhood emergencies

The third National Congress on Childhood Emergencies will be held April 15-17, 2002, in Dallas, TX. This federally sponsored, multidisciplinary conference of practitioners and researchers is focused on reducing morbidity and mortality in children and adolescents by educating and training professionals in how they can improve the entire continuum of pediatric emergency health care. The theme of the 2002 Congress, "Taking Action, Saving Lives," reflects the Federal goals of stimulating action to improve care; encouraging dynamic interchanges among providers, researchers, administrators, and families; and translating research into effective practice and policy.

Conference sessions will focus on illness and injury prevention, primary care, prehospital and emergency department care, acute care, rehabilitation, and re-entry into the community. Conference attendees also will explore issues surrounding managed care, pediatric disaster response, child and school health care, family-centered care, and children with special health care needs.

Abstracts for presentation of original research are now being solicited for: basic, behavioral, and clinical research; research on costs, education, outcomes, policy, and systems; and research on other areas of interest to the field of emergency medical services for children. The deadline for proposals is November 30, 2001, and forms are now available for downloading from http://www.ems-c.org (for more information, call (202) 884-6859 or send an E-mail to imelese@emscnrc.com).

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