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UNC Awarded NIH Funding for Pediatric Patient-Reported Outcomes Consortium

Dr. Bryce Reeve, professor of health policy and management at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received a $2,936,800, four-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as part of its Pediatric Patient-Reported Outcomes in Chronic Disease (PEPR) Consortium. The grant is shared with Duke University, where Dr. Laura Schanberg, is the co-P.I.


[Photo: Dr. Bryce Reeve]

According to NIH, the PEPR consortium efforts are “designed to improve pediatric health and well-being by capturing the voice and experience of children and their families living with a variety of chronic diseases and conditions.”

The UNC-based PEPR efforts focus on understanding how living with cancer, rheumatic disease or inflammatory bowel disease affects children’s well-being. Researchers will leverage several pediatric data collection networks to test tools that assess children’s physical, psychological and social health, including pain, fatigue, physical function, stress, anxiety, depressive symptoms, sense of meaning and purpose, and quality of family life and peer relationships.

“This new grant supports our continued effort to understand how diseases such as cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and rheumatic disease have an impact upon the lives of children and adolescents,” said Dr. Reeve, who is also a member of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. “This grant will support our continued effort to enhance the child’s voice in clinical practice and research by describing symptoms they are experiencing as well as quality of life impact. Using standardized questionnaires. This self-reported information can automatically and efficiently be provided to the treating clinicians as a way to improve their care for children and adolescents.”

The overall goal of the PEPR Consortium is to test several pediatric patient-reported outcome tools that measure aspects of physical, mental and social well-being, such as pain, anxiety and peer relationships. The research also will help to improve understanding of the effects of environmental stressors on symptoms and quality of life in children with a variety of chronic diseases or conditions. By validating the pediatric PROMIS measures, the Consortium will facilitate their adoption and meaningful use in research and clinical care settings, ultimately improving the treatment of chronic diseases in children.

This proposed study extends the work initially conceived by the late Dr. Harry Guess, who was a professor of epidemiology at UNC and Dr. Darren DeWalt, now at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.

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