• Scholarly report

Methodology U.S. News & World Report Best Children's Hospitals 2018-19

RTI International collects and analyzes the data for the “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings. The methodology reflects clinical outcomes, such as patient survival, infection rates and complications; the level and quality of hospital resources directly related to patient care, such as staffing, technology and special services; delivery of healthcare, such as programs that prevent infections and adherence to best practices; and expert opinion among pediatric specialists. 

In the 2018-19 rankings, 86 of the 189 surveyed hospitals were ranked among the top 50 in at least one specialty. The 2018-19 Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll recognizes the 10 hospitals with the highest rankings across all specialties. 


Olmsted, M., Powell, R., Murphy, J., Bell, D., Stanley, M., Sanchez, R., & Geisen, E. (2018). Methodology: U.S. News & World Report Best Children's Hospitals 2018-19. Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI International.