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Shriners Consortium for Outcomes, Research and Education in Sports

Shriners Consortium for Outcomes, Research and Education in Sports

Nearly 40 pediatric orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, engineers and research coordinators from 11 Shriners Children’s locations attended this year’s Shriners Consortium for Outcomes, Research and Education in Sports (SCORES) meeting. The two-day meeting included a summary of current research projects and data collection for future research initiatives. Shriners Children's developed the think tank group SCORES to help improve the care of injured athletes and reduce re-injury rates. SCORES capitalizes on the knowledge and expertise of our sports medicine specialized pediatric orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists across the system, tapping into data and expertise that is gathered at our motion analysis centers.
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Nicole Friel:

I am Nicole Friel. I'm an orthopedic surgeon that specialize in sports medicine, and I work at Shriner's Children's Northern California. Essentially, SCORES is a think tank. It brings together surgeons, physical therapists, engineers and motion analysis, and it allows us all to collaborate with one another. We work across different hospitals throughout the Shriner system, so this is an opportunity for all of us to bring our sports medicine skills.

Bryan Tompkins:

We found a need to work together as a system, and SCORES is really the first collaborative effort for that, for these eight hospitals to work in terms of improving outcomes, doing research, sharing ideas.

Mark McMulkin:

We've just had a long history of always trying to work together, always trying to help each other out. So I find that SCORES an extension of that, where here we're starting into something new. We're always about trying to help each other out.

Emily Nice:

There are six subgroups that are part of the SCORES group. They focus on different areas of standardization and ways to improve our clinical care.

Julie Ingwerson:

We're really grateful that the Shriner's Children's Organization is willing and able to provide us support for great groups like our SCORES consortium. I think it's really important to keep us on the cutting edge and really giving the best care to our children, particularly in the newer line of sports medicine services. I think this work group is important, not only to improve the care for our children, but also to build that research, allowing us to really progress the technology. And then also, to make sure that what we're doing is reproducible, not only here, but throughout the entire country and all healthcare providers.

Bryan Tompkins:

The SCORES work group's important because it allows us to combine our patient populations, which we wouldn't be able to do as individual hospitals. And that gives us so much more power in terms of research, to learn so much more than we could do just at one individual hospital. You have the ability to look at things we've never had the ability to look at before.

Emily Nice:

The SCORES group is working towards the Shriner's mission by helping us to determine or work towards giving the best care to our patients.

Nicole Friel:

At the end of the day, patients are going to be getting better care because of the collaborative think tank. We're all trying to come up with a better solution to get a better outcome for the patient.