Airways Clinical Research Centers: Success Story

In 2015, U.S. News & World Report included membership in the American Lung Association’s Airways Clinical Research Centers as a criteria for their annual review of the best children’s hospitals in the nation. Learn how Dr. Marianna Sockrider at Texas Children’s Hospital made that happen.

We've been one of the original sites in the American Lung Association's Airways Clinical Research network now going on 20 years. U.S. News & World Report ranks hospitals in the country for their quality of care and involvement in research. I was concerned that the U.S. News & World Report really wasn't thinking about the American Lung Association network. They had an item that asked if we were participating in an asthma clinical research network, so I had our hospital write a letter and explain some of the studies that the ALA ACRC has done, including our study of acid reflux in children with asthma and the very important study that proved that you could take a flu vaccine - even if you had asthma - safely.

It wasn't hard to sell it and the next year's survey - and ever since - they've included the American Lung Association's network in the survey questions. So that was very reassuring and rewarding to think that we were able to get that recognition as a quality metric.

And I'm excited to continue in the future as we do great research for lung diseases like COPD and asthma.

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