ImproveCareNow Comparative Effectiveness Research study is published in Pediatrics and highlighted by AGA

Dr. Richard Colletti, Executive Network Director for ImproveCareNow, announced earlier this month that an innovative study by ImproveCareNow, using the ImproveCareNow registry database ("ICN2"), has been published in Pediatrics. In addition, the article is being highlighted by the American Gastroenterological Society (AGA). Below are the abstract and the AGA highlights. Congratulations to all of the ImproveCareNow community members, including patients, parents, clinicians, researchers and all committed improvers, who made this possible.

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Health Care Improvement Priorities Project

Attention parents! Do you ever wish you knew more about the diagnosis, treatment, or management of your child’s IBD? Maybe you’ve wondered whether a certain drug or lifestyle change would help your child. Or maybe you are looking for information about the best ways to help your child take more responsibility for managing his or her IBD. These are important questions that research can help answer and there are many more just waiting to be asked!

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ImproveCareNow collaborating on 1-year adult IBD QI pilot project

In July 2013 ImproveCareNow began collaborating with adult gastroenterologists on a 1-year pilot project to evaluate the feasibility of a Quality Improvement (QI) network involving centers caring for adult patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

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Why the government cares about ImproveCareNow

Care centers participating in ImproveCareNow must assemble a multidisciplinary group of people who comprise what we call the “core QI team”. This team meets regularly, reviews data to identify areas for improvement, uses PDSA cycles to test and determine what changes will result in improvements, and steadily implements meaningful changes that result in more reliable and effective care for their IBD patients.

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ImproveCareNow Expands to Include 50 Centers

ImproveCareNow is pleased to announce that the Network has expanded to include 50 participating care centers, spanning 27 states and London, England.  Centers participating in ImproveCareNow now include 9 of the top 12 honor roll children’s hospitals, and 19 of the top 30 pediatric gastroenterology programs. 

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ImproveCareNow Welcomes Kravis Children's Hospital at Mount Sinai and OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital

ImproveCareNow is pleased to announce that the Network has expanded to include 46 participating care centers, spanning 26 states and including one center in London, England.  Centers participating in ImproveCareNow now include nine of the top 12 honor roll children’s hospitals, and 19 of the top 30 pediatric gastroenterology programs. 

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ImproveCareNow Network Grows to 44 Participating Care Centers

ImproveCareNow is pleased to announce that the Network has expanded to include 44 participating care centers, spanning 26 states and including one center in London, England.  Centers participating in ImproveCareNow now include nine of the top 12 honor roll children’s hospitals, and 18 of the top 30 pediatric gastroenterology programs. The 44 ImproveCareNow centers have 415 pediatric gastroenterologists and 13,200 patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. 

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World IBD Day and LOOP | the official blog of ImproveCareNow

Saturday, May 19th is World IBD Day - a day set aside for raising awareness about Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis (together known and Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBD).  These chronic illnesses affect millions of people worldwide and currently there is no cure.  In the United States kids with Crohn’s and colitis have a better chance at remission.

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Patients and Families Partnering with ImproveCareNow

Recognizing the importance of the work of ImproveCareNow and the C3N Project, the Wall Street Journal has published a major article today, in print and online, describing innovative approaches developed by the C3N Project for patients and families in the ImproveCareNow Network.

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Physicians Working Together Can Improve Quality of Care

When physicians work together it can accelerate improvements in quality of care.  That’s the lesson from a new study by ImproveCareNow, a national quality improvement and research network. The study, published in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, is now available online and is scheduled to appear in their printed journal in April 2012.

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