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At Children's, we focus on research and innovations that make a difference at the bedside. From improving day-to-day quality of life for children and teens, to developing new pain management approaches and adopting cutting-edge technologies, our research is completely kid- and family-focused.

Children's is engaged in many types of research, including investigator-initiated studies (led by a Children's clinician), as well as externally sponsored multicenter trials, observational studies and registries.

Research studies are ongoing in all areas of the hospital and clinics, but read more about developmental and rehabilitation research below.

  • In 2013, physical therapists Laura Gilchrist, PT, PhD, and Lynn Tanner, PT, published a paper in Supportive Care in Cancer. This is the journal of an international association for professionals who work to improve the quality of life for people with cancer. The paper describes a new rating scale for measuring chemotherapy-related nerve problems in school-age kids. That scale is now helping young cancer patients — not only at Children's, but around the world.
  • In an ongoing clinical trial, researchers are investigating treatments for toe walking. Researchers will compare treating the problem with either a new type of ankle brace or a series of below-the-knee casts.
  • Other researchers are studying the use of physical therapy to decrease side effects of chemotherapy in young cancer patients. Chemotherapy can harm nerves and muscles. But physical therapy may counter those effects and keep kids active.
  • Occupational therapist Nicole Iammatteo Lindstrom has studied the effectiveness of the Pet's Assisting With Healing (PAWH) program on hospitalized children. The PAWH volunteers have not only increased the motivation of the children to participate in therapy sessions, the results also show positive outcomes in physical and social-emotional progress.

We share our outcomes with you

Choosing where to bring your child for care is a major decision. We understand you want all the information you can get. And you want it in a clear, straightforward form that helps you make the right choice for your family.

That's why we share our outcomes with you. In medicine, "outcomes" measure the end results of a treatment. By comparing our outcomes with those of other hospitals, locally and nationally, you can see how we rank in terms of keeping patients safe and healthy.

See how Children's ranks on six quality of care measures. Learn more »


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