(From the December 2015 issue of Research Now)
Worldwide, pneumonia is the leading cause of death in children under five years of age. Nationwide Children's Hospital is one of six pediatric hospitals in Ohio, all members of the Ohio Children's Hospital, collaborating in a clinical research project with the ultimate goal of developing evidence-based, innovative management strategies for children with pneumonia.
The project, Children's Hospitals' Initiative for Research in Pneumonia (CHIRP), will enroll 500 pediatric patients diagnosed with pneumonia over a two-year period. Rebecca Wallihan, MD, and Octavio Ramilo, MD, are leading the project at Nationwide Children's, along with teams from Clinical Research Services (Jessica Estep, RN, Michael Lawson, RN, and Kem Gentes, RN), the Emergency Department (Amy Nowakowsi) and Critical Care (Lisa Steele, RN).
This project is novel not only in its design and multi-site implementation, but also in its utilization of Enlighten, an electronic, interactive consent/assent form application developed at Nationwide Children's by Clinical Research Services and Research Information Solutions and Innovation (RISI). In addition, the research project will involve application of state-of-the-art molecular diagnostics and genomic assays.