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April 2014

A Learning Health Care System for Pediatrics

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 2Department of Pediatrics, Ohio State University, Columbus
  • 3The Research Institute, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio
JAMA Pediatr. 2014;168(4):303-304. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.5163

A learning health care system (LHCS) continuously gathers data, evaluates them, and implements change to improve quality, health outcomes, and save costs.1 LHCSs have been discussed for adult health care but could also be important in the improvement of pediatrics. However, the mission of a pediatric LHCS should be driven by the distinctive goals of child well-being.

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