Clinical effectiveness and outcomes

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin does a great job of caring for all kinds of sick kids. But we’re always striving to do better.

What works best, for whom and under what circumstances? Those are the questions that drive clinical effectiveness research. Our research isn’t limited to a disease, organ, biological process or any one recognized scientific field. Rather, it incorporates a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines, including basic biomedical, behavioral and other social sciences. 

The Center for Clinical Effectiveness Research stimulates, facilitates and supports high-quality, high-impact clinical effectiveness research at Children’s Hospital by providing assistance with study design and project coordination, data management, data analysis, grant writing and mentorship for investigators involved in research in clinical effectiveness.

Research highlights

1. Patient reported outcomes (PROs) research:

  •  Understanding the trajectory of health-related quality of life over time in children with chronic disease
  •  Determining the impact of therapy on children’s PROs  Creating innovative methods to assess PROs from home

2. Health care utilization and provision of care:

  • Understanding patterns of healthcare utilization
  • Testing new models to connect and engage patients in their own care outside of the clinical setting

3. Comparative clinical trials and behavioral interventions in patients with congenital heart disease, gastrointestinal diseases, diabetes and special needs.

4. Patient engagement in research – Creating formal ways to involve patients in research as advisers and research team members, allowing them to bring the patient perspective to research studies