Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings (PRIS) Network

PRIS WebsiteThe mission of PRIS is to improve the health of and healthcare delivery to hospitalized children and their families. This will be done by conducting large, multi-institutional studies in areas of inpatient pediatric care that are relevant to clinicians and the decisions they face when caring for children and their families in everyday clinical practice.

PRIS is a pediatric hospitalist research network. Hospitalists are physicians whose clinical practice is the care of hospitalized patients. Hospitalists are hospital-based physicians who want to ensure the system is delivering the highest quality of care for patients. The PRIS Network has a vision to be the premier research network and continually define what best practice is and how it should be implemented.

January 2016 Newsletter Article


In October, the PRIS Executive Council met via conference call to discuss adding new members to the Executive Council. Several distinguished hospitalists were nominated to be council members, and late in the month, PRIS Chair Dr. Raj Srivastava extended invitations to three of them to join. We enthusiastically welcome Drs. Lisa McLeod (University of Colorado/Children’s Hospital of Colorado), Derek Williams (Vanderbilt) and Chris Bonafide (CHOP) to the PRIS Executive Council! We look forward to working with each of them and are excited for the extensive experience and insight they will bring to our team. We plan to get our new council members on-boarded and up to speed at our annual meeting in Park City, UT on Feb. 9-10, 2016.

This fall, the I-PASS Study continued at full speed. The I-PASS team presented at Grand Rounds across the country. Presentations included "The I-PASS Study: Standardizing the Handoff Process to Improve Patient Care and Safety", "Improving Physician Handoffs in the Age of Computerized Medicine", "Better Handoffs, Safer Care: Implementing I-PASS to Improve Patient Handoffs and Enhance Patient Safety" and "Game On! How the I-PASS Study Group Achieved Patient Safety Goals and Promoted Professional Development and Scholarship".

Drs. Rosenbluth, Jacolbia, Milev, et al. published an article titled "Half-life of a printed handoff document" in the BMJ Quality and safety Journal. Dr. Jennifer O’Toole presented a "Panel about handoffs" at the American Academy of Pediatrics National conference & Exhibition in Washington, DC on October 25, 2015. Nurses Laura Rossi and Gino Chisari and Dr. David Shahian from Massachusetts general hospitals, presented their "Improving Safety during Care Transitions" Workshop at the Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care. December 8, 2015. Drs. Amy Starmer, Glenn Rosenbluth, Alina Popa, and Jeffrey Schnipper workshop for the Society of Hospital Medicine annual meeting "Strategies for Implementing a Successful Handoff Program for Hospitalists: Lessons learned from the SHM-IPASS Mentored Implementation Program" has been accepted and is scheduled for March 6-9, 2016 at San Diego, CA.

Members of the I-PASS consultation group continue active engagements to facilitate the implementation of the I-PASS Program at Mass General Hospital, New York Presbyterian Hospital and MD Anderson, UVM, and VA hospitals.  Members of the I-PASS Institute also continue work on a project funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) partnering with the Society of Hospital Medicine to provide mentored implementation of the I-PASS Program in 32 institutions (16 adult and 16 pediatric).  In addition, they continue work on a project titled, "Bringing I-PASS to the Bedside:  A Communication Bundle to Improve Patient Safety and Experience".  This project is funded by a grant from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

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