ParentLink: Better and Safer Emergency Care for Children

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : April 6, 2007
Last Update Posted : April 6, 2007
South Shore Hospital
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Boston Children’s Hospital

Brief Summary:
The emergency department (ED) constitutes a high-risk environment for errors and poor quality of care. Pediatric patients are at increased risk of medical errors. We postulate that implementation of a patient-centered health information technology - ParentLink - can address system-level deficiencies and the unique “just-in-time” information needs of ED physicians and the parents of ill children. The proposed work delivers an innovative product – an electronic interface linked to a pediatric knowledge base that integrates parent-derived data with best practices for safe and effective emergency care across common pediatric disease conditions: otitis media, urinary tract infections, asthma, and head trauma. The study has two aims, the first of which addresses critical gaps in data capture: to evaluate the completeness and accuracy of information on symptoms, disease condition, medications and allergies generated by parents using ParentLink versus information documented by ED physicians and nurses, using structured telephone interviews as a gold standard. The second aim measures the ParentLink’s impact on ED patient safety and quality, specifically: a) the error rate for ordering and prescribing of medications during ED care, and b) the percent of ED visits that adhere to national evidence-based guidelines. Parentlink will be rigorously evaluated in a clinical trial at two diverse ED sites and will use a sequential, non-randomized observational design with two intervention and two control periods to measure the effects of ParentLink on data capture and safety and quality of patient care.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Otitis Media Urinary Tract Infection Asthma Head Injury Procedure: patient-driven health IT product

Study Type : Observational
Enrollment : 3000 participants
Observational Model: Defined Population
Time Perspective: Longitudinal
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: ParentLink: Better and Safer Emergency Care for Children
Study Start Date : June 2005
Study Completion Date : July 2006

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Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 12 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age less than 12 years with head trauma
  • Age less than 12 years with ear pain
  • Ages less than 12 years with concern for UTI
  • 1 year - 12 years with asthma history and respiratory chief complaint
  • 3 months - 2 years with fever
  • Parent speaks English or Spanish
  • Triage status is non-emergent

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00457600

United States, Massachusetts
Children's Hospital Boston
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02115
South Shore Hospital
Weymouth, Massachusetts, United States, 02190
Sponsors and Collaborators
Boston Children’s Hospital
South Shore Hospital
Principal Investigator: Stephen C Porter, MD Boston Children’s Hospital Identifier: NCT00457600     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CHB-R01HS014947
First Posted: April 6, 2007    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 6, 2007
Last Verified: January 2007

Keywords provided by Boston Children’s Hospital:
information technology
emergency department
medication error
quality of care
patient-centered care

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Urinary Tract Infections
Otitis Media
Craniocerebral Trauma
Disease Attributes
Pathologic Processes
Urologic Diseases
Ear Diseases
Otorhinolaryngologic Diseases
Trauma, Nervous System
Nervous System Diseases
Wounds and Injuries