Outcomes among the best in the nation

Choosing where to bring your child for care is a major decision. You need 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.

Finding new ways to improve comfort and care

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 top-of-the-line technologies, our research is completely kid-and family-focused.

Children’s is engaged in many types of integrative medicine 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 integrative medicine research below.

  • Friedrichsdorf SJ, Gibbon C, Symalla B, Remke S, Chrastek J. (2014) Integrative pain medicine and palliative care at a children’s hospital. In: Merrick J, Schofield P, Morad M (eds): “Pain: International Research in Pain Management” Nova Science Publishers, New York. pp 123-40
  • Kuttner L, Friedrichsdorf SJ (2013): Hypnosis and Palliative Care. In: Sugerman LI, Wester W C (eds): Therapeutic Hypnosis with Children and Adolescents. 2nd ed. Crown House Publishing Limited, Bethel. pp 491-509
  • Friedrichsdorf SJ, Kuttner L, Westendorp K, McCarty R (2010). Integrative Pediatric Palliative Care. In: Culbert TP, Olness K (eds): Integrative Pediatrics. Oxford University Press. Pp 569-593
  • Friedrichsdorf SJ, Remke S, Symalla B, Gibbon C, Chrastak J: Integrative Pain Medicine and Palliative Care at a US Children’s Hospital. J Altern Med Res 2010;2(1):35-48
  • Culbert T, Friedrichsdorf SJ, Kuttner L (2008). Mind/body skills for children in pain. In: Breivik H, Campbell WI, Nicholas MK (eds): Clinical Pain Management – Practice and Procedures, 2nd ed., Hodder Arnold, London. pp 479-495

See where integrative medicine research has been published most recently.

  • Hilary McClafferty, Sunita Vohra, Michelle Bailey, Melanie Brown, Anna Esparham, Dana Gerstbacher, Brenda Golianu, Anna-Kaisa Niemi, Erica Sibinga, Joy Weydert, Ann Ming Yeh, SECTION ON INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE. Pediatric Integrative Medicine. Pediatrics Sep 2017, 140 (3) e20171961; DOI: 10.1542/peds.2017-1961
  • Friedrichsdorf SJ, Kohen DP. Integration of hypnosis into pediatric palliative care. Ann Palliat Med, 2017. doi: 10.21037/apm. 2017.05.02
  • Brown, M.L.; Rojas, E.; Gouda, S. A Mind–Body Approach to Pediatric Pain Management. Children 2017, 4, 50
  • Fitzgerald M & Langevin M (2014) Imagery In Synder, M, Lindquist, R. & Tracy MF (Eds)Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Nursing (7th ed). New York: Springer
  • Fitzgerald, M., Culbert, T., Finkelstein, M., Green, M., Liu M, (2010) The Effect of Gender and Ethnicity on Children’s Attitudes and Preferences for Essential Oils: A Follow Up Study. Explore: Journal of Science and Healing. 6(3):172
  • Fitzgerald, M & Halcon, L (2010) Aromatherapy in Culbert, T & Olness, K (Eds) Integrative Pediatrics (Weil Integrative Medicine Library) Oxford University Press
  • Post-White, .J, Fitzgerald, M., Hageness, S., Sencer, S.F. (2009) Complementary and alternative medicine use in children with cancer and general and specialty pediatrics. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing. 26 (1), 7-15.
  • Post-White, J., Fitzgerald, M., Savik, K., Hooke, M.C., Hannahan, A.B, Sencer, S.F. (2009) Massage therapy for children with cancer. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing. 26(1), 16-28
  • Fitzgerald, M., Culbert, T., Finkelstein, M., Green, M., Johnson, A., Chen, S. (2007) The Effect of Gender and Ethnicity on Children’s Attitudes and Preferences for Essential Oils: A Pilot Study. Explore: Journal of Science and Healing
  • Post-White, J., Sencer, S., Fitzgerald, M. Complementary and Alternative Treatments in Children with Cancer (2002). In Baggott CR, Kelly, K., Fochtman, D, Foley, G. Nursing Care of the Child with Cancer (3rd ed) Philadelphia, PA: WB Saunders.


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