Texas

Developing a National Pediatric Readiness Project Quality Improvement Data Registry

Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin

Principal Investigator: Katherine Remick, MD

The majority (83%) of children seek care in non-pediatric specialty emergency departments (ED). On average EDs see less than 15 pediatric patients a day and less than 50% report a quality improvement (QI) process for pediatric patients. Results from the National Pediatric Readiness Project (NPRP) demonstrated over 80% of US EDs want to provide quality pediatric care. Facilities are poised for engagement, but no Quality Improvement (QI) data registry exists to assess processes of care and adherence to evidence-based clinical care. The investigators will address these gaps by developing a data registry system and using this tool to evaluate and improve pediatric readiness efforts. Health outcomes will be assessed by using two common clinical conditions to measure the effectiveness of QI efforts relating to pediatric readiness.