When children need care in a hospital, it is a stressful experience for both the patient and their parent. In these situations, parents are frequently pulled away from work and must balance the stress of their job with being present for their child. Given the lack of data about the quality of inpatient pediatric care, parents often have little information on which to choose a hospital for their child’s care.
Each year, there are roughly six million hospital stays for children in the United States, representing nearly one out of every six discharges from U.S. hospitals. The average annual growth in mean hospital costs per stay are approximately six percent to seven percent for children, more than three times the rate of cost growth of any other age group. However, despite the significant health and financial impact of pediatric care, little information is publicly available to compare the quality of pediatric care in hospitals.
For these reasons, Leapfrog reports on two important pediatric-specific measures of care quality on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey:
- Patient Experience of Children and Their Parents (CAHPS Child Hospital Survey)
- Pediatric Radiation Doses for Head Scans and for Abdomen/Pelvis Scans