Dr. Gidengil's research focuses on patient safety and quality measurement, particularly as it relates to antibiotic resistant organisms, healthcare-associated infections, and vaccination. She is currently leading the development of a new pediatric-focused AHRQ Quality Indicators Toolkit, as well as a review of innovative use of health information technology to improve coordination of care for patients.



Courtney Gidengil, MD MPH is an Instructor of Pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Children's Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School. She is also a Physician Scientist at the RAND Corporation. She is board certified in both pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases. Dr. Gidengil earned her undergraduate and medical degrees from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She trained as a resident in pediatrics at Hasbro Children's Hospital and Brown University. She completed further subspecialty training in pediatric infectious diseases at Children's Hospital Boston, where she joined the division as faculty in 2009. Her research training included the Harvard Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship Program, and she received an MPH in Clinical Effectiveness from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2009.


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  1. Comparing covariation among vaccine hesitancy and broader beliefs within Twitter and survey data. PLoS One. 2020; 15(10):e0239826. View abstract
  2. The Stability of Influenza Vaccination Behavior Over Time: A Longitudinal Analysis of Individuals Across 8 Years. Ann Behav Med. 2020 10 01; 54(10):783-793. View abstract
  3. Beliefs around childhood vaccines in the United States: A systematic review. Vaccine. 2019 10 23; 37(45):6793-6802. View abstract
  4. Antibiotic Prescribing During Pediatric Direct-to-Consumer Telemedicine Visits. Pediatrics. 2019 05; 143(5). View abstract
  5. Quality Of Care For Acute Respiratory Infections During Direct-To-Consumer Telemedicine Visits For Adults. Health Aff (Millwood). 2018 12; 37(12):2014-2023. View abstract
  6. Hospital-Based Quality Measures for Pediatric Mental Health Care. Pediatrics. 2018 06; 141(6). View abstract
  7. Validation of New Care Coordination Quality Measures for Children with Medical Complexity. Acad Pediatr. 2018 07; 18(5):581-588. View abstract
  8. Attributable Cost of Clostridium difficile Infection in Pediatric Patients. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2017 12; 38(12):1472-1477. View abstract
  9. Development of New Quality Measures for Hospital-Based Care of Suicidal Youth. Acad Pediatr. 2018 04; 18(3):248-255. View abstract
  10. Identifying and Coordinating Care for Complex Patients: Findings from the Leading Edge of Analytics and Health Information Technology. Rand Health Q. 2017 Jun; 6(3):2. View abstract
  11. Validation of New Quality Measures for Transitions Between Sites of Care. Pediatrics. 2017 May; 139(5). View abstract
  12. Development and Implementation of the Family Experiences With Coordination of Care Survey Quality Measures. Acad Pediatr. 2017 Nov - Dec; 17(8):863-870. View abstract
  13. Comparing VA to Non-VA Care. J Gen Intern Med. 2017 02; 32(2):152. View abstract
  14. Testing New Codes to Capture Post-Operative Care. Rand Health Q. 2017 Jan; 7(1):3. View abstract
  15. Knowledge gaps inhibit health IT development for coordinating complex patients' care. Am J Manag Care. 2016 Sep 01; 22(9):e317-22. View abstract
  16. Development and Pilot Testing of Caregiver-Reported Pediatric Quality Measures for Transitions Between Sites of Care. Acad Pediatr. 2016 Nov - Dec; 16(8):760-769. View abstract
  17. Quality Measures to Assess Care Transitions for Hospitalized Children. Pediatrics. 2016 08; 138(2). View abstract
  18. Comparing VA and Non-VA Quality of Care: A Systematic Review. J Gen Intern Med. 2017 01; 32(1):105-121. View abstract
  19. Resources and Capabilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs to Provide Timely and Accessible Care to Veterans. Rand Health Q. 2016 May 09; 5(4):14. View abstract
  20. Using Clinical Vignettes to Assess Quality of Care for Acute Respiratory Infections. Inquiry. 2016; 53. View abstract
  21. What Drives Variation in Antibiotic Prescribing for Acute Respiratory Infections? J Gen Intern Med. 2016 08; 31(8):918-24. View abstract
  22. Evaluation of symptom checkers for self diagnosis and triage: audit study. BMJ. 2015 Jul 08; 351:h3480. View abstract
  23. Antibiotic prescribing for respiratory infections at retail clinics, physician practices, and emergency departments. Am J Manag Care. 2015 Apr; 21(4):294-302. View abstract
  24. Breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma: a systematic review. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Mar; 135(3):713-720. View abstract
  25. The volume-quality relationship in antibiotic prescribing: when more isn't better. Inquiry. 2015; 52. View abstract
  26. Breast Implant-associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma: Updated Results from a Structured Expert Consultation Process. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2015 Jan; 3(1):e296. View abstract
  27. Cost-effectiveness of strategies to prevent methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus transmission and infection in an intensive care unit. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2015 Jan; 36(1):17-27. View abstract
  28. Using Medicaid and CHIP claims data to support pediatric quality measurement: lessons from 3 centers of excellence in measure development. Acad Pediatr. 2014 Sep-Oct; 14(5 Suppl):S76-81. View abstract
  29. Safety of vaccines used for routine immunization of U.S. children: a systematic review. Pediatrics. 2014 Aug; 134(2):325-37. View abstract
  30. Safety of Vaccines Used for Routine Immunization in the United States. Evid Rep Technol Assess (Full Rep). 2014 Jul; (215):1-740. View abstract
  31. Initial Antibiotic Choice in the Treatment of Group A Streptococcal Pharyngitis and Return Visit Rates. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2013 Dec; 2(4):361-7. View abstract
  32. Conscious consideration of herd immunity in influenza vaccination decisions. Am J Prev Med. 2013 Jul; 45(1):118-121. View abstract
  33. Parental and societal values for the risks and benefits of childhood combination vaccines. Vaccine. 2012 May 14; 30(23):3445-52. View abstract
  34. Trends in risk perceptions and vaccination intentions: a longitudinal study of the first year of the H1N1 pandemic. Am J Public Health. 2012 Apr; 102(4):672-9. View abstract
  35. Epidemiology and risk factors for Clostridium difficile infection in children. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2011 Jul; 30(7):580-4. View abstract
  36. Financial barriers to the adoption of combination vaccines by pediatricians. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2010 Dec; 164(12):1138-44. View abstract
  37. The growth of retail clinics and the medical home: two trends in concert or in conflict? Health Aff (Millwood). 2010 May; 29(5):998-1003. View abstract
  38. Financial barriers to implementing combination vaccines: perspectives from pediatricians and policy makers. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2009 Jun; 48(5):539-47. View abstract
  39. Initial Antibiotic Choice and Recurrent Group A Streptococcus Pharyngitis in Children. 48th Annual ICAAC/IDSA 46th Annual Meeting. 2008. View abstract
  40. Pertussis vaccination for health care workers. Clin Microbiol Rev. 2008 Jul; 21(3):426-34. View abstract
  41. Tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis vaccination of adults in the USA. Expert Rev Vaccines. 2008 Jul; 7(5):621-34. View abstract
  42. Comparison of functional testing patterns after coronary artery bypass grafting in Canada and in the United States. Am J Cardiol. 2001 Apr 01; 87(7):899-901. View abstract
  43. Comparison of functional testing patterns after coronary artery bypass grafting in Canada and the United States. American Journal of Cardiology. 2001; 87(7):899-901. View abstract
  44. Functional testing after percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty in Canada and the United States: a survey of practice patterns. Can J Cardiol. 2000 Jun; 16(6):739-46. View abstract
  45. Functional testing after percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty in Canada and the United States: a survey of practice patterns. Canadian Journal of Cardiology. 2000; 16(6):739-746. View abstract