Pediatric Hospital Care (Canada)
A large number of children are admitted to hospital with common ailments, such as asthma, chest infections and the stomach flu. Despite being so common, there are few research studies that focus on children who are admitted to hospital with these general conditions, and because of this lack of research, the type of care children receive in hospital varies. To try and address this gap, we set up a Canada wide network (The Pediatric Inpatient Research Network) of health care professionals who are interested in improving the care of children in hospital. However, we do not know which health research topics matter the most of patients, caregivers, and health care professionals. To ensure that future research focuses on topics that are important to patients and caregivers, these individuals should be involved in selecting research priorities.
The Pediatric Inpatient Research Network (PIRN) is working with the James Lind Alliance on a Pediatric Hospital Care Priority Setting Partnership. This project plans to identify the most important unanswered research questions about the care of children in hospital that are important to patients, caregivers, and health care professionals. We will complete the process with several steps, including setting up a committee of parents, patients and clinicians, sending out an online survey to gather questions, organizing the results and checking to see what evidence supports the survey responses. We will send out a second online survey to create a short-list of questions. Lastly, we will host a one-day workshop of patients, caregivers, and health care professionals to pick the top 10 important unanswered questions. By collecting questions from a range of people, we will ensure that future research on children in hospital can focus on the most important questions.