|School||UCSF School of Medicine|
|Address||550 16th. Street|
San Francisco CA 94158
|Johns Hopkins University||BA||2004||Public Health Studies|
|Washington University in St. Louis||MD||2008||School of Medicine|
|University of Toronto||MSc||2014||Institute for Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation|
Dr. Kaiser's goal is to improve quality of care for hospitalized children by accelerating use of evidence-based guidelines in clinical practice. She is currently supported by a Career Development Award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Her objective is to identify, test, and disseminate best practices for clinical pathway implementation to improve quality of care for children hospitalized with respiratory illnesses.
Her approach, based on the concept of “positive deviance,” is that identification and examination of hospitals that demonstrate exceptional performance with pathway implementation can facilitate the discovery and wide dissemination of strategies to improve care. Steps in this mixed-methods approach include: 1) identify hospitals where pathway implementation led to the largest gains in performance, 2) study these hospitals using qualitative methods to identify best practices associated with high performance, and 3) test these best practices with rigorous design. The rationale is that high-performing hospitals will have replicable pathway implementation practices that will be critical to widespread national uptake, ultimately leading to consistent delivery of evidence-based practices and higher quality of care.
She has collaborated closely with PRIS, the largest national research network in pediatric hospital medicine, for steps 1 and 2 of this approach. In Fall 2017, she will lead efforts by the AAP and the Value in Inpatient Pediatrics Networks to implement and study a clinical pathway intervention bundle at 50 community hospitals across the country.
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