Behind the U.S. News Best Children’s Hospitals Rankings Methodologies
Based on the pediatric hospital survey administered annually by U.S. News data contractor RTI International, the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings provide quality-of-care insights not only to families with complex medical needs but also front-line clinicians and hospital leaders. These insights depend on the participation of scores of pediatric centers and on the ability of those hospitals to submit complete, reliable and comparable data to U.S. News and its data contractor. This year, U.S. News and RTI made unprecedented efforts to maximize the integrity of the data submitted by hospitals, while also seeking opportunities to reduce the survey burden and align measurement with pediatric stakeholders’ objectives. This session will briefly recap these recent efforts and their results, outline potential future directions, and feature dialogue between the audience and a panel of U.S. News and RTI methodologists.