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    Prasanna Ananth, MD, MPH

     
    Prasanna Ananth, MD, MPH
     
    Physician

    Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

    Center/Program

    Pediatric Solid Tumors

    Office phone: 617-632-3270
    Fax: 617-632-4410

    Preferred contact method: appointment phone

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    Research Department

    Medical Oncology/Population Sciences

    Interests

    Solid tumors, Hematologic malignancies, End-of-life care

    Area of Research

    Quality and costs of care near the end of life for children with life-threatening, chronic illness


    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    450 Brookline Avenue
    Boston, MA 02215

    Recent Awards

    • Academic Pediatric Association Award for Best Abstract by a Fellow, 2014
    • Pediatric Academic Societies & Mead Johnson Nutrition Travel Award, 2014

    Research

    Quality and costs of care near the end of life for children with life-threatening, chronic illness

    Under the mentorship of Drs. Joanne Wolfe and Jay Berry, I use national administrative data to examine hospital utilization and costs in the last year of life for children with life-threatening chronic conditions. Our current study, entitled "Hospital utilization and costs in the last year of life for children with life-threatening chronic illness," arose from adult data revealing that the most resource-intensive phase of patient care is near the end of life, when invasive and costly interventions are often used. This may contribute to physical or psychological suffering without necessarily improving clinical outcomes. In contrast, we know very little about pediatric care near the end of life. 


    In another study, we explore the impact of palliative care involvement on hospital utilization. Palliative care in adults has been shown to counteract the intensity of care near the end of life by improving quality of life, decreasing costs, and even prolonging life expectancy in certain circumstances. We are investigating whether pediatric palliative care has a similar effect.


     

    Select Publications

    • Ananth, P., Koopman, C. “HIV/AIDS Knowledge, beliefs and behavior among women of childbearing age in India.” AIDS Education and Prevention, December 2003; Vol 15(6): 529-546.
    • Lee, S., Ananth, P., Boyd, T., Esrick, E., Kim, H.B. “Successful Surgical Thrombectomy for Neonatal IVC and Bilateral Renal Vein Thrombosis.” Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports, 2014.
    • Bernson-Leung, M., Ananth, P., Shusterman, S. “Neuroblastoma presenting as facial nerve palsy and bulging tympanic membrane.” Clinical Pediatrics, 2014. 
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