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Comorbidities and Coexisting Conditions clinical trials at UCSF

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  • Congenital Heart Initiative-Redefining Outcomes and Navigation to Adult Centered Care

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    Congenital heart defects (CHDs) are a heterogeneous group of rare diseases of varying severity, each diagnosis with its unique set of co-morbidities. In addition to the heterogeneity, perhaps the greatest challenge to conducting comparative effectiveness research in CHD patients are the poor rates of successful transition from pediatric to adult centered cardiology care and high rates of gaps in recommend care for adults with CHD. This study will use PCORnet to examine the effects of gaps in recommended care (cardiology visits) on patient prioritized outcomes for adults with non-complex and complex subtypes of CHD. This system will be established through 14 (12 recruiting) PCORnet affiliated institutions and linkage to the Congenital Heart Initiative registry (, the first patient powered registry for adults with CHD. This registry launched in December 2020, and is IRB approved at Children's National Hospital (IRB# Pro00014697). Funded by PCORI, this project will recruit patients at the 12 PCORnet affiliated institutions and will invite them to contribute their health records data and then join the established Congenital Heart Initiative. By enrolling patients and linking their PCORnet (health record) data into an existing adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) specific registry, future interventions to reduce gaps in care based on study findings can be rapidly implemented in real-world settings through the strong partnerships established with key CHD stakeholders.

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