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Quality of Pediatric Medical Care

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Patient and sibling in the Emergency Department, ED

Children in the United States fail to get recommended healthcare more than half of the time; our researchers are developing measurement tools to help providers deliver the best possible care.

Children in the United States fail to get recommended healthcare more than half of the time. Delivering care that meets quality standards is one of the challenges any healthcare system faces, and researchers at the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development are gathering information to help providers meet this challenge — we are developing tools to measure the quality of care provided, both in the hospital and in clinics. By doing so, we can begin to understand how to improve the care and health of our nation's children.

Failure to deliver needed services to children puts them at risk for a lifetime of health problems. And we all pay for those failures — in the short run through lost productivity of parents in the workforce and in the long run by increasing the number of adults whose health is compromised.

Most of today's research on the effectiveness of healthcare systems focuses on cost and access. While these are critical issues, we cannot as a nation afford to ignore the problem of providing quality care for children. Our goal is to find the most effective ways to ensure children are getting the best possible healthcare.

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