Development of a Clinical Prediction Model for Predicting Post-operative Complications in Children with Cerebral Palsy 

Most common post-operative complications for CP patients are respiratory, surgical site and urinary tract infections.

Core Questions

  • Can a useful, reliable, and valid clinical risk prediction model for post-operative infection in children with CP undergoing hip or spine surgery be created using claims data, electronic health records?
  • What are the risk factors for the development of post-operative infections?
  • Will the addition of demographic, antrometric, biomarkers improve the model?

Research Team

  • Rachel L DiFazio, PhD RN PPCNP-BC FAAN; Judith Ann Vessey, PhD MBA RN FAAN;  Jay Berry, MD MPH; Daniel Graham Whitney, PhD; Tania Denise Shaffer Strout PhD RN MS
  • Institution: Boston Children’s Hospital