Research Agenda

APGNN Research Agenda:  2017-2019


The mission of APGNN is to empower nurses and their colleagues to enhance the care of children and their families living with a gastrointestinal condition. The APGNN Research Committee strives to promote opportunities to conduct research and quality improvement activities within this population. We encourage active discussion and dissemination of knowledge and experience through poster and oral presentations, as well as through written publication. The committee’s work serves to support the goals of the Practice and Educational Committees.

Areas for Research and Quality Improvement

Recognize the research priorities as set forth with our associated pediatric colleagues that reflect the values of APGNN


     Inflammatory Bowel Disease

     Functional and Motility Disorders

     Liver Disorders

     Pancreatic Disorders


     Intestinal Failure

     Nutritional Disorders

     National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

     Health promotion and disease management

     Self-management of acute and chronic conditions

     Mental Health for children and families


     Children and Families Dealing with Acute or Critical Health Issues



     Certified Pediatric Nutritional Professionals

     Psychology Working Group


APGNN Clinical Priorities

Enhance the care provided for patients and their families within the following research areas (including but not limited to):

Gastrointestinal: acute, chronic, and infectious presentations

Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: identified by the ROME criteria

Intestinal failure

Liver disorders

Allergic disorders: Eosinophilic Esophagitis

Feeding and swallowing problems

Weight: obesity, malnutrition

Support the clinical needs of the children and their families by recognizing the role of partnering in care with (including but not limited to):

Child, Parent or caregiver

Nutritionist, Pharmacist, Mental health provider

Community providers (community therapists, school personnel)

Adult provider (Transitional care)


Promote quality improvement activities:

Outcome and evidence-based practice                     

Nurse-led initiatives                                                      


Cultural sensitivity

Staff education initiatives