An important element of the mission of Clinical Futures is the dissemination of research findings and recommendations as clinical research resources to translate our research into practice. Through the implementation of evidence-based practices and guidelines, we work to improve the high value care delivered to children in the CHOP Network and across the nation.
Clinical Futures leadership engages with CHOP’s Center for Healthcare Quality and Analytics to lead the development of clinical pathways, which are task-oriented care plans detailing essential steps in the care of patients with specific conditions. Clinical pathways, which have been developed for dozens of conditions, translate evidence into practice and bring clinical decision support to the care team. The goals of these types of resources at CHOP are to decrease unnecessary variations in care, improve patient outcomes, and reduce cost while maximizing resources and limiting waste. Clinical Futures researchers collaborate with researchers and clinicians across the country to aid similar implementation activities nationwide.
Clinical Futures also uses a variety of mechanisms to communicate research into practice, such as publications in scientific journals, interviews with print and broadcast media, blogs such as Cornerstone, social media outlets Twitter and LinkedIn, and maintaining a dynamic website to keep our stakeholders abreast of the latest science pertaining to pediatric clinical effectiveness.
The Possibilities Project
One example of our work to increase the clinical impact of our research is The Possibilities Project (TPP). The mission of TPP is to reimagine and reengineer the way we deliver primary care in the CHOP Care Network through innovation. Through innovative pilots and rigorous evaluation, TPP seeks to design a system that delivers care directed towards the needs of contemporary families and the issues they face.
Pediatric IDEAS Research Group
The mission of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Epidemiology & Antimicrobial Stewardship (IDEAS) research group is to perform rigorous clinical and translational research that generates evidence on the prevention and treatment of infections to inform best practices and improve the health of children, families, and communities.
Promoting Antibiotic Stewardship in Pediatric Outpatient Settings
One key area of research conducted by the Pediatric IDEAS Research group is Antibiotic Stewardship, programs that improve the way hospitals and healthcare settings judiciously use antibiotics. Clinical Futures, formerly named the Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness (CPCE), published a research brief that summarizes seven years of research to improve the effectiveness and acceptability of outpatient antimicrobial stewardship.
Clinical Effectiveness and Policy-Oriented Research Pilot Grants
Since 2008, Clinical Futures, formerly named the Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness (CPCE), has sponsored pilot research studies that have a high likelihood of attracting external support for large-scale studies. This represents an important step in establishing the clinical impact of CHOP research.
Healthcare Delivery Science Research Grants
While CHOP has a world class Research Institute, few of the studies conducted by CHOP investigators are designed to answer clinical and operational questions with the goal of immediately turning the knowledge gained into a new or revised approach to organizing and delivering clinical care at CHOP. In order to address this gap, in 2020 Clinical Futures, formerly named the Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness (CPCE), The Possibilities Project, and the Center for Healthcare Quality and Analytics (CHQA) launched an internal research grant program focused on clinical impact.