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Nationwide Children's Hospital Approved for $2.9 Million Research Funding Award to Lead Multi-Center Study of Antibiotics to Treat Uncomplicated Appendicitis

Clinician-scientists at Nationwide Children's have been approved for a $2.9 million funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) for a multi-institutional trial of non-operative management of appendicitis. The study will determine the effectiveness of non-operative management as an alternative first-line therapy for children with uncomplicated acute appendicitis, which affects more than 60,000 patients per year. The research is an expansion of a study led by Peter C. Minneci, MD, and Katherine J. Deans, MD, co-directors of the Center for Surgical Outcomes Research and principal investigators in the Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice in The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's, which found that three out of four children with uncomplicated acute appendicitis had been successfully treated with antibiotics alone at one year follow-up. 

>> Read the full article in the News Room.

Involvement in Institute of Medicine Committee to Evaluate the Supplemental Security Income Disability Program for Children with Mental Disorders

According to a recent report from the Institute of Medicine's Committee to Evaluate the Supplemental Security Income Disability Program for Children with Mental Disorders, children living in poverty are more likely to have mental health problems, and their conditions are more likely to be severe. Kelly Kelleher, MD, director of the Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice in The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's, served on the IOM committee that released the recent report, Mental Disorders and Disability Among Low-Income Children, which compares national trends in the number of children with mental disorders with trends in the number of children receiving benefits from the SSI program. Dr. Kelleher is also a pediatrician whose research interests focus on accessibility, effectiveness and quality of health care services for children and their families, especially those affected by mental disorders.

>> Learn more about the report (Mental Disorders and Disability Among Low-Income Children)

Study Evaluates Pay-for-Performance Program for Medicaid Children in an ACO

The first pay-for-performance (P4P) evaluation of pediatricians under a full-risk Medicaid accountable care organization (ACO) for children shows P4P incentives were partially responsible for higher performance on quality measures across Partners for Kids' primary care network of employed and affiliated physicians. The study was a collaboration between Partners for Kids, the Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice at Nationwide Children's Hospital, and the Research Institute at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Partners for Kids (PFK) is the oldest and largest pediatric Medicaid ACO in the United States.

>> Read the full article in the News Room.

Researcher Selected for AHRQ Workgroup for Pediatric Quality Indicators

Deena Chisolm, PhD, principal investigator in the Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice in The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, was selected serve on an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) time-limited workgroup (TWLG) for pediatric quality indicators (PDIs) in January of 2016. The diverse workgroup includes individuals with expertise in the following areas: healthcare quality measurement research, pediatric clinical experience, safety/quality improvement, statistics, health policy, population health, Medicaid, medical coding, informatics and patient/family advocacy.

>> Learn more about the AHRQ TWLG selection process.

Co-Authorship of Pediatrics Perspectives Article on Supplemental Security Income for Children with Mental Disabilities

Kelly Kelleher, MD, MPH, director of the Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice in The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, co-authored a March 2016 article in Pediatrics Perspectives discussing important findings for pediatricians and child advocates with respect to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for children with mental disabilities. Co-authors also included Ruth E.K. Stein, MD, professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Kimberly Eaton Hoagwood, PhD, professor of clinical psychology and psychiatry at Columbia University.

>> Read the full text of the publication here.

Outstanding Principal Investigator for 2015 Awarded to CIPP Researcher

Deena Chisolm, PhD, principal investigator in the Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice in The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, was honored as the Outstanding Principal Investigator for 2015 at the State of The Research Institute address on January 25, 2016. Award winners in various categories were recognized by John Barnard, MD, president of The Research Institute, who hosted the annual, all-employee event. 

New Center for Suicide Prevention and Research Created at Nationwide Children's Hospital

The Center for Suicide Prevention and Research (CSPR) at Nationwide Children's Hospital was created in 2015 to address the growing problem of suicide among youth in central Ohio, and is a joint partnership with Behavioral Health and the Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice in The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's. The research efforts of CSPR are led by center director Jeff Bridge, PhD, principal investigator at CIPP and an internationally-known suicidologist whose work focuses on the epidemiology of suicidal behavior in young people, neurocognitive vulnerability to suicidal behavior and on improving quality of care for suicidal youth and adolescents who have attempted suicide.

>> Learn more on the CSPR website.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Tumblr Increases Research Awareness

The Nationwide Children's Hospital Tumblr endeavors to increase visibility and awareness of all roles and experiences among the hospital's 10,000-employee staff, all of whom are critical to the hospital's mission. Deena Chisolm, PhD, principal investigator in the Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice and program director for the Patient-Centered Pediatric Research Program at Nationwide Children's Hospital, was recently featured on the hospital Tumblr for her research focus on population health and health equity. 

>> View the full Tumblr post and photo here.

Children in Ohio's Appalachian Counties Face Similar Health Care Challenges to Metropolitan Areas, Study Finds

Despite the fact that previous research shows the Appalachian region of the United States as limited in access to health care services, researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital have found that children with special health care needs in Appalachian areas face similar levels of health status as their metropolitan counterparts (August 28, 2015). 

>> View the full news room article here.

Research and Accountable Care: Saving Costs and Improving Quality for Pediatric Care

Partners for Kids (PFK) at Nationwide Children's Hospital is a pediatric accountable care organization that serves approximately 330,000 Medicaid-eligible children in Ohio. A new study published in Pediatrics in February 2015 demonstrates cost savings and stable or improved quality measures for PFK, indicating the PFK successfully improved the value of pediatric health care over time. 

>> Read the full article in the Summer 2015 issue of Inside Nationwide Children's.

Suicide Trends in School-Aged Children Reveal Racial Disparity

While overall suicide rates in children younger than 12 years have remained steady, a new study shows increasing rates in black children and decreasing rates in white children (May 18, 2015). 

>> Read the full news release on the JAMA Pediatrics study.

Teen Alcohol Use Affected by Expected Enjoyment and Understanding of Health Messages, Study Finds

Teens with the best understanding of health messaging may also be the most susceptible to messages that make alcohol use look appealing and fun - like television ads for beer or liquor - according to a study published in July 2014 in the journal Patient Education and Counseling

>> View the full news release here.

"Learning" Health Care Organizations May Offer Solutions for Evaluating New Technologies Without the Challenges of Randomized Trials

Nationwide Children's Hospital is part of a cross-country network of eight pediatric hospitals known as PEDSnet that will, in part, employ electronic health record data to answer questions efficiently and create an infrastructure for simulated trials, rapid prospective enrollment trials and other tools for improving interventions (July 7, 2014). 

>> Read more on Pediatrics Nationwide.