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Lessons learned: Development of COVID-19 clinical staging models at a large urban research institution

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posted on 2023-07-23, 19:48 authored by Sean S Huang, Lelia ChaissonLelia Chaisson, William GalanterWilliam Galanter, Arash Jalali, Martha MenchacaMartha Menchaca, Natalie PardeNatalie Parde, Jorge M Rodríguez-Fernández, Andrew TrotterAndrew Trotter, Karl KochendorferKarl Kochendorfer
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE: The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), along with many academic institutions worldwide, made significant efforts to address the many challenges presented during the COVID-19 pandemic by developing clinical staging and predictive models. Data from patients with a clinical encounter at UIC from July 1, 2019 to March 30, 2022 were abstracted from the electronic health record and stored in the UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Science Clinical Research Data Warehouse, prior to data analysis. While we saw some success, there were many failures along the way. For this paper, we wanted to discuss some of these obstacles and many of the lessons learned from the journey. METHODS: Principle investigators, research staff, and other project team members were invited to complete an anonymous Qualtrics survey to reflect on the project. The survey included open-ended questions centering on participants' opinions about the project, including whether project goals were met, project successes, project failures, and areas that could have been improved. We then identified themes among the results. RESULTS: Nine project team members (out of 30 members contacted) completed the survey. The responders were anonymous. The survey responses were grouped into four key themes: Collaboration, Infrastructure, Data Acquisition/Validation, and Model Building. CONCLUSION: Through our COVID-19 research efforts, the team learned about our strengths and deficiencies. We continue to work to improve our research and data translation capabilities.


Center for Clinical and Translational Science Award U54 | Funder: National Institutes of Health (National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences) | Grant ID: UL1TR002003



Huang, S. S., Chaisson, L. H., Galanter, W., Jalali, A., Menchaca, M., Parde, N., Rodríguez-Fernández, J. M., Trotter, A.Kochendorfer, K. M. (2023). Lessons learned: Development of COVID-19 clinical staging models at a large urban research institution. Journal of Clinical and Translational Science, 7(1), e113.


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