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Priorities for Pediatric Patient Safety Research

PIPSQC is pleased to share the new publication in Pediatrics, entitled "Priorities for Pediatric Patient Safety Research." In this study, researchers and collaborators from the Children's Hospitals' Solutions for Patient Safety (SPS) Network have outlined 24 research priorities for improving pediatric patient care safety.

The publication is available online at:

A related press release is available at:
Children's Hospitals' Solutions for Patient Safety (SPS) Network offers research road map to improve the safety of pediatric care


Developing a research agenda that is focused on the priorities of key stakeholders may expedite implementation and dissemination. Our objective was to identify the highest-priority patient-safety research topics among pediatric clinicians, health care leaders, and families.

The Children's Hospitals Solutions for Patient Safety Network is a network of >100 children's hospitals working together to eliminate harm due to health care. Parents and site leaders responded to an open-ended, anonymous e-mail survey used to elicit research topics. A key stakeholder panel winnowed related topics and prioritized topics using Likert scale ratings. Site leaders and parents responded to a second anonymous e-mail survey and rated the importance of each topic. Health system executive interviews were used to elicit their opinions regarding top priorities for patient-safety research.

The elicitation survey had 107 respondents who produced 49 unique research topics. The key stakeholder panel developed a final list of 24 topics. The prioritization survey had 74 respondents. Top-priority research topics concerned high reliability, safety culture, open communication, and early detection of patient deterioration and sepsis. During 7 qualitative interviews, health system executives highlighted diagnostic error, medication safety, deterioration, and ambulatory patient safety as priority areas.

With this study, we take a first step toward a stakeholder-driven research agenda on the basis of the assumption that stakeholders are best positioned to determine what research will be used to address the problems of most concern to them.


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