Pediatric Research Consortium

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The Philadelphia Pediatric Research Consortium (PeRC), the primary care practice-based research network at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, was established with funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in September 2002. PeRC has assembled a talented group of epidemiologists, clinical informaticians, and administrators to organize and facilitate the clinical research projects that it agrees to undertake to improve the safety, quality, and health outcomes of pediatric care. PeRC’s early successes have resulted in an increasing demand for collaboration and access to the primary care network and data in the electronic health record system (EHR).

PeRC has been able to take advantage of CHOP’s expanded organizational and technological infrastructure in assembling the components of the country’s largest pediatric integrated delivery system, which includes a primary pediatric healthcare network located in urban, suburban, and rural locations throughout the Delaware Valley. In addition, PeRC has taken advantage of the implementation of an ambulatory EHR — a technological tool that affords immediate, electronic access to clinical information and communication at the point of care — to gather data across the pediatric network to conduct research and develop an array of integrated evidence-based decision support tools at the point of care. The EHR is currently in use in 31 primary care practices throughout the network, and over the past 15 years it has captured data for more than 500,000 patients.  

Research Project Highlights

Pediatric Research Consortium researchers are engaged in many projects. Here are some examples:

  • Short Course Antibiotic Therapy for Urinary Tract Infections (SCOUT): To determine if short-course therapy compared to standard course therapy results in similar numbers of children experiencing a recurrent urinary tract infection (relapse and re-infection
  • 2PriCare Study: To evaluate the efficacy of a group parenting program, PriCARE, for parents of children ages 2 to 6-years-old who are concerned that their child has behavioral problems.
  • Sleep, Behavior, and Early Childhood Sleep Screening: An Intervention in Primary Care:  To identify sleep habits and to determine the impact of sleep problems on behavior among 150 young children ages 2 to 5 years presenting to the three proposed urban pediatric primary care clinic settings for Well Child Visits. This objective will help to identify the rates of sleep problems in these settings.