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Chen, Alex

Summaries of Independent Scientist (K) Awards

Summaries of recently funded projects for Independent Scientist and Mentored Clinical Scientist Development K Awards.

Institution: Children's Hospital, Los Angeles, CA
Grant Title: Measuring Quality of Primary Care in Complex Pediatric Patients
Grant Number: K02 HS18087
Duration: 3 years (2009-2012)
Total Award: $435,800

Project Description: This research has four main aims:

  1. Develop comprehensive and clinically meaningful primary care quality guidelines for pediatric patients with complex developmental conditions.
  2. Develop comprehensive and clinically meaningful primary care quality guidelines for pediatric patients with two or more chronic medical conditions.
  3. Determine the feasibility of implementing medical home-driven quality measures in pediatric primary care settings.
  4. Produce a quality scorecard using medical home-driven quality measures in combination with established disease-specific standards of care for a complex developmental condition (Downs Syndrome).

Career Goals: Dr. Chen is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, Children's Hospital Los Angeles. He received his MD from Harvard Medical School and did his residency in Pediatrics at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Following his residency, Dr. Chen earned his MS in Health Services from UCLA while a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar. He is committed to a career as a pediatric health services researcher with clinical work to compliment and strengthen the research effort.

Progress to Date: The grantee completed an extensive systematic literature review on applicable elements using several different search engines and databases. In preparation for the development of quality guidelines and measures, Dr. Chen solicited nominations for experts from several professional organizations in order to convene a panel. The enrollment of focus group participants began.

Future Plans: After the modified Delphi expert panel meeting, the grantee will complete Aims #1 and #2. He will continue with his career development efforts as well as his small teaching and clinical commitments.

Highlights and Specific Accomplishments:

  • PEW Scholar.
  • Barry Goldwater Scholar.
  • Northwestern University Marcy Scholar.

K-Generated Publications: None thus far.

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Current as of October 2012
Internet Citation: Chen, Alex: Summaries of Independent Scientist (K) Awards. October 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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