An estimated 20 percent of children in the United States suffer from a chronic condition or have a special health care need such as epilepsy, asthma or sickle cell disease, yet only half receive the care recommended for their conditions. By redesigning the way it cares for children with active chronic conditions, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center successfully improved outcomes for 50 percent of more than 27,000 pediatric patients, according to a new study published in the March 2017 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.
The study, “Applying the Chronic Care Model to Improve Care and Outcomes at a Pediatric Medical Center,” describes how the hospital implemented a Condition Outcomes Improvement Initiative to help specialized clinical teams apply quality improvement principles to improve outcomes for pediatric patients with chronic illness. The principles are part of the Chronic Care Model, an organizational approach developed in the 1990s to deliver patient-centered, evidence-based chronic care that improves individual and population-level outcomes.
- Joint Commission: https://www.jointcommission.org/quality_initiative_improves_outcomes_children_chronic_conditions/
- Applying the Chronic Care Model to Improve Care and Outcomes at a Pediatric Medical Center. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.