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Research Article

Trends in Resource Utilization by Children with Neurological Impairment in the United States Inpatient Health Care System: A Repeat Cross-Sectional Study

  • Jay G. Berry mail,

    jay.berry@childrens.harvard.edu

    Affiliation: Complex Care Service, Children's Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Annapurna Poduri,

    Affiliation: Department of Pediatric Neurology, Children's Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Joshua L. Bonkowsky,

    Affiliation: Division of Pediatric Neurology, Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

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  • Jing Zhou,

    Affiliation: Clinical Research Program, Children's Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Dionne A. Graham,

    Affiliation: Clinical Research Program, Children's Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Chelsea Welch,

    Affiliation: Division of Inpatient Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

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  • Heather Putney,

    Affiliation: Institute for Community Inclusion, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Rajendu Srivastava

    Affiliation: Division of Inpatient Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

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  • Published: January 17, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001158

About the Authors

Jay G. Berry
Complex Care Service, Children's Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
Annapurna Poduri
Department of Pediatric Neurology, Children's Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
Joshua L. Bonkowsky
Division of Pediatric Neurology, Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America
Jing Zhou, Dionne A. Graham
Clinical Research Program, Children's Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
Chelsea Welch, Rajendu Srivastava
Division of Inpatient Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America
Heather Putney
Institute for Community Inclusion, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: jay.berry@childrens.harvard.edu

Competing Interests

RS has received grant funding from K23 HD 052553, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH. RS has also given talks as Chair of PRIS Network (part of the Network, and his time is funded by the Child Health Corporation of America) and has been asked to speak in his capacity as a hospitalist investigator with receipt of an honorarium (Rady Childrens Hospital; Alberta Children's Hospital (both 2010)). RS has also acted as an expert witness on a behalf of a plaintiff for Jackson & Campbell, P.C., Washington D.C., because of his research on children with neurological impairment and their care. All other authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: JGB AP JLB DG JZ HP CW RS. Performed the experiments: JGB DG JZ. Analyzed the data: JGB DG JZ RS. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: HP CW. Wrote the first draft of the manuscript: JGB. Contributed to the writing of the manuscript: JGB AP JLB DG JZ HP CW RS. ICMJE criteria for authorship read and met: JGB AP JLB DG JZ HP CW RS. Agree with manuscript results and conclusions: JGB AP JLB DG JZ HP CW RS.