Interdisciplinary aerodigestive care model improves risk, cost, and efficiency

R. Paul Boesch, Karthik Balakrishnan, Rayna M. Grothe, Sherilyn W. Driscoll, Erin E. Knoebel, Sue L. Visscher, Shelagh A. Cofer

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Objective: This study sought to evaluate the impact of an interdisciplinary care model for pediatric aerodigestive patients in terms of efficiency, risk exposure, and cost. Methods: Patients meeting a standard clinical inclusion definition were studied before and after implementation of the aerodigestive program. Results: Aerodigestive patients seen in the interdisciplinary clinic structure achieved a reduction in time to diagnosis (6 vs 150 days) with fewer required specialist consultations (5 vs 11) as compared to those seen in the same institution prior. Post-implementation patients also experienced a significant reduction in risk, with fewer radiation exposures (2 vs 4) and fewer anesthetic episodes (1 vs 2). Total cost associated with the diagnostic evaluation was significantly reduced from a median of $10,374 to $6055. Conclusion: This is the first study to utilize a pre-post cohort to evaluate the reduction in diagnostic time, risk exposure, and cost attributable to the reorganization of existing resources into an interdisciplinary care model. This suggests that such a model yields improvements in care quality and value for aerodigestive patients, and likely for other pediatric patients with chronic complex conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)119-123
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
StatePublished - Oct 2018


  • Aerodigestive
  • Cost
  • Efficiency
  • Multidisciplinary

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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