CHOP Investigator Receives 5-Year Grant Award for Outcomes Research

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Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is one of 11 recipients of a $40 million, five-year grant that supports faculty development in patient-centered outcomes research achieved through learning health systems (LHS).

Christopher Forrest, MD, PhD Christopher Forrest, MD, PhD The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) jointly give this institutional K12 award. The goal of the new LHS Centers of Excellence created by this grant is to train the next generation of outcomes researchers, ultimately improving the quality of care and patient outcomes.

At CHOP, the program is administered within PEDSnet, a multi-specialty network of hospitals and healthcare organizations, researchers and clinicians, and patients and families who work together to identify important research questions to reduce children’s suffering and support healthy development. CHOP leads the PEDSnet Coordinating Center, which has created a robust resource of data that covers all pediatric diseases and specialties.

The idea for PEDSnet emerged from the mind of Christopher Forrest, MD, a pediatrician and a member of the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics at CHOP and a Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

“In other industries, learning systems have been used for years so that companies can continuously find ways to improve their products,” Forrest said. “I wanted to take those principles and apply them to healthcare.”

The driving force behind PEDSnet, Forrest said, is to have researchers more directly integrated into clinical care. While translating research from bench to bedside is moving more quickly, Forrest said the research being done by PEDSnet to improve clinical care and quality of life for patients is designed to essentially be put into practice the moment a study is complete.

Forrest said that this award allows CHOP and its seven other PEDSnet collaborating institutions to establish a program for junior faculty scholars to specifically train on using learning systems in healthcare, with curricula focused on research methods, informatics, quality improvement and leadership. The first batch of scholars are expected to begin training in January 2019.

“Each PEDSnet Scholar will have both scientific and health systems mentors,” Forrest said. “This award will truly allow us to begin training a generation of dedicated health learning systems experts and advance the field in a significant way, linking research and clinical operations.”

For more information about PEDSnet, visit their website. For more information on the scholars program, contact Dr. Forrest.