Aerodigestive Programs Enhance Outcomes in Pediatric Patients

Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2019 Oct;52(5):937-948. doi: 10.1016/j.otc.2019.06.007. Epub 2019 Aug 7.


The early efforts of pediatric airway surgeons, gastroenterologists, and pulmonologists to optimize surgical outcomes involved evaluating multiple organ systems for diseases negatively affecting surgery. This resulted in coordinated clinics with multiple services, ancillary testing, and endoscopic procedures, known as aerodigestive programs. These programs have nationally increased the value of care, with multidisciplinary experts delivering organized and efficient care to children with complex needs. This article describes the origin and value of aerodigestive programs within the modern health care landscape, serving as a primer for providers and administrators investigating how to facilitate aerodigestive or similar programs.

Keywords: Aerodigestive; Cost; Efficiency; Integrated practice unit; Value.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Ancillary Services, Hospital / organization & administration*
  • Child
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Efficiency, Organizational
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Interdisciplinary Communication
  • Models, Organizational
  • Patient Care Team / organization & administration*
  • Program Development
  • Respiratory System / surgery
  • Respiratory Tract Diseases / therapy*