Upon returning from an in-person meeting of the Board of Directors of ImproveCareNow, Dr. John A. Barnard submitted his reflections about ImproveCareNow and the role the network plays in pediatric IBD research and health care improvement to a Columbus, Ohio newspaper – The Columbus Dispatch. The resulting article, entitled “Pediatric research: Data-driven care improving lives of kids with bowel disease,” was published in the scientific news section of on February 18, 2018.

In his article, Dr. Barnard shares his thoughts on how ImproveCareNow, which utilizes quality improvement science across all participating care centers to impact care and outcomes in pediatric Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

ImproveCareNow's success is remarkable — arguably the most effective improvement science initiative in pediatric health care today. Patients treated at the best-performing hospitals have a remission rate of more than 80 percent. Ten years ago, it was about 55 percent. Satisfactory growth occurs in 93 percent of children, and 96 percent are not taking side-effect-producing steroid medications — both major improvements.  – John A. Barnard, MD

John A. Barnard, MD joined the Board of Directors of ImproveCareNow in August 2017. He is chief of Pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, president of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s and holds the Ann I. Wolfe Endowed Chair in Pediatric Research Leadership. He is chair of the Department of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, where he is a professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. He is also a practicing gastroenterologist in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Nationwide Children's. An accomplished physician-scientist, he has authored more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles, reviews and book chapters and garnered NIH support for more than 2 decades.


About ImproveCareNow

ImproveCareNow is a Learning Health Network dedicated to transforming care, health and costs for all children and youth with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBD) by building a sustainable collaborative chronic care network. We are enabling patients, families, clinicians and researchers to work together in a learning health care system to accelerate innovation, discovery and the application of new knowledge. We invite everyone interested in getting kids with IBD better right now to join us!

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