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SHM’s Center for Quality Improvement to partner on NIH grant

The Society of Hospital Medicine has announced that its award-winning Center for Quality Improvement will partner on the National Institutes of Health National, Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute study, “The SIP Study: Simultaneously Implementing Pathways for Improving Asthma, Pneumonia, and Bronchiolitis Care for Hospitalized Children” (NIH R61HL157804). The core objectives of the planned 5-year study are to identify and test practical, sustainable strategies for implementing a multicondition clinical pathway intervention for children hospitalized with asthma, pneumonia, or bronchiolitis in community hospitals.

Dr. Sunitha Kaiser, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals

Dr. Sunitha Kaiser

Under the leadership of principal investigator Sunitha Kaiser, MD, MSc, a pediatric hospitalist at the University of California, San Francisco, the study will employ rigorous implementation science methods and SHM’s mentored implementation model.

“The lessons learned from this study could inform improved care delivery strategies for the millions of children hospitalized with respiratory illnesses across the U.S. each year,” said Jenna Goldstein, chief of strategic partnerships at SHM and director of SHM’s Center for Quality Improvement.

The team will recruit a diverse group of community hospitals in partnership with SHM, the Value in Inpatient Pediatrics Network (within the American Academy of Pediatrics), the Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings Network, America’s Hospital Essentials, and the National Improvement Partnership Network. In collaboration with these national organizations and the participating hospitals, the team seeks to realize the following aims:

  • Aim 1. (Preimplementation) Identify barriers and facilitators of implementing a multicondition pathway intervention and refine the intervention for community hospitals.
  • Aim 2a. Determine the effects of the intervention, compared with control via chart reviews of children hospitalized with asthma, pneumonia, or bronchiolitis.
  • Aim 2b. Determine if the core implementation strategies (audit and feedback, electronic order sets, Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles) are associated with clinicians’ guideline adoption.

“SHM’s Center for Quality Improvement is a recognized partner in facilitating process and culture change in the hospital to improve outcomes for patients,” said Eric E. Howell, MD, MHM, chief executive officer of SHM. “SHM is committed to supporting quality-improvement research, and we look forward to contributing to improved care for hospitalized pediatric patients through this study and beyond.”

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