Provider Connection | November/December 2020
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Discover what’s new in pediatric healthcare. Stay on the cutting edge with regular updates on research, medical news, continuing medical education opportunities and more.

CHOC earns 2020 Leapfrog Top Hospital award for outstanding quality and safety
Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, CHOC is one of only nine children’s hospitals in the nation to be named a Top Children’s Hospital by The Leapfrog Group. It’s also the only children’s hospital in Southern California to be recognized this year.

Study determines that app may aid in reduction of pain severity
The app “Pain Buddy” may aid in the reduction of pain severity in children during cancer treatment, according to results of a recent pilot study. With a kid-friendly interface, pediatric cancer patients can use Pain Buddy to report the severity and type of pain they are experiencing from their home — information that doctors can access in real time. Learn more about this unique app and the pilot study conducted by a CHOC psychologist.

The importance of continuing clinical research during a pandemic
Clinical research has had to quickly adjust under the strain of the pandemic, providing lessons on how research can thrive during crises and renewing energy and purpose to use science to solve problems. Read more about the struggles and successes of COVID-era research.

2019’s flu vaccine provided significant protection in children
Last year’s influenza vaccine was 62% effective among children, according to recently reported data. It was also over 50% effective against influenza B – which is more common among children than adults – despite being considered a poor match. This is particularly significant as influenza B dominated the first half of flu season for the first time in over a decade. View more statistics and information about the study here.

Wired for hope: CHOC performs successful DBS surgery on dystonia patient
A team from CHOC recently performed its first deep brain stimulation procedure on a patient with a movement disorder. Learn more about the procedure and the amazing impact it’s had on the teenage patient.

How to become a mentor
There’s incredible value to be had in mentoring younger physicians, but what differentiates a good mentor from a great mentor? The ability to put ego aside and the desire to see their mentee succeed, writes one physician in this essay, which also offers tips for a successful mentorship.

Mark your calendars
CHOC offers a host of continuing medical education events to help clinicians stay on the cutting edge of practice.

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