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Methodology U.S. News & World Report best children's hospitals 2017-18

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 2017-18 rankings, 82 of the 187 surveyed hospitals were ranked among the top 50 in at least one specialty. The 2017-18 Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll recognizes the 10 hospitals with the highest rankings across all specialties. 

The specific mission of the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings is to identify hospitals that provide the highest quality of care for children with the most serious or complicated medical conditions, using the most robust and sensitive measures available to represent the three Donabedian components. Sections IV, V, and VI describe the data and the construction of each component. 

The methodology also incorporates nominations of hospitals from board-certified pediatric specialists in each of the 10 specialties through the Pediatric Physician Survey, as described in Section V.   


Olmsted, M., Geisen, E., Powell, R., Murphy, J., Bell, D., & Stanley, M. (2017). Methodology: U.S. News & World Report best children's hospitals 2017-18. Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI International.