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SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital

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Annual Memoir
Vestíbulo del SJD Pediatric Cancer Center Barcelona

In line with the transparency policy at the SJD Barcelona Children Hospital, data regarding the centre's activity is freely available to the public.

A look back at 2022

In the name of transparency, we make our data from the last five years public: data regarding our yearly activities, our work as a healthcare and research facility, and also other areas of interest.

Making progress on the Hospital without pain model

In 2022, the “Hospital sin dolor” [Hospital without pain] programme consolidated the role of the pain nurse, who acts as case manager for chronic pain patients. This figure will perform daily follow-up of patients with intense post-surgical pain and provide direct support to sedative-anesthetic procedures.

2022 saw the implementation of various protocols to combat chronic pain, such as: creating a dedicated website for chronic pain patients; offering an initial multidisciplinary assessment of the patients; or pilot testing integrative medicine for chronic pain. We have also successfully carried out a pilot test for the electronic pain map on some pediatric and maternity hospital wards.

Participation is key to patient experience

More than 300 patients and families have taken part in various in-person patient experience projects. Through the Family Board, 19 mothers and fathers of patients in the Hospital tackle cross-departmental, strategic questions, essentially acting as an audit board for the entire organisation.

Furthermore, in September 2022, a renewed Youth Board was launched, made up of 17 Hospital patients. This board also helps to improve key protocols in areas like the Adolescent Department and continues to lead the way in establishing communication that is centred on their needs.

Increase in scientific output

Scientific output at the SJD Research Institute (IRSJD) has continued its upward trend in 2022. As a result, our impact factor score has increased again this year, reaching 4,685 points – the Hospital's highest score ever.

Of particular interest are our more than 100 articles published in the first decile, among which are significant publications in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the New England Journal of Medicine and Lancet Microbe.

Fundraising has returned to pre-pandemic levels

Fundraising has returned to close to pre-pandemic levels. In 2022, we held 278 charity events, raising around 1.5 million Euros. From large donors, we have raised 2.17 million Euros. We have also organised our own events such as the Festival Jardins de Pedralbes Charity Night, in which 35 businesses took part. Altogether, the Infancy Obra Social raised over 9.5 million Euros.

We are maintaining good patient and family satisfaction levels

In 2022, we successfully implemented a new IT system to handle international patient requests (CRM), which has led to a significant improvement in our response times to families and patient referral bodies.

Furthermore, we have been able (for the first time ever) to measure international patient satisfaction rates in a targeted manner, scoring an average of 8.9 out of 10 in request management and 9.4 out of 10 for professional healthcare provision in hospital.

Notably, there is also a positive score for patient and family care in general, with an overall NPS score above 70 and over 400 messages of thanks, which, once again, far exceed the number of complaints for the year.

Other notable projects

Conventional healthcare activity

Our activities during the first semester of 2022 were hugely impacted by the rise in pediatric COVID-19 cases, which hindered our routine activity more than expected.

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Highly-specialised care provision

By choosing to specialise in pediatric healthcare, we have made several huge steps in the field, such as the creation of comprehensive, monographic healthcare facilities like the Pediatric Cancer Center Barcelona and La Casa de Sofía.

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Comprehensive care

The Hospital's various initiatives and programmes go beyond a patient’s medical needs.

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Participative, efficient organisation

Getting professionals involved in departmental organisation and decision-making is a fundamental requirement.

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New knowledge

Research and clinical trials, as well as innovation, have been crucial in our progress as a centre in 2022.

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Corporate Social Responsibility


Fundraising at the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital places a lot of importance on donations to help pay for programmes that do not receive public funding. In total, over 10 million Euros raised from donations have gone towards various care humanisation projects, improving infrastructure, healthcare projects, research and international cooperation. 

International cooperation

The SJD Barcelona Children Hospital carried out several international cooperation initiatives as part of its charitable efforts.

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Occupational risk prevention and sustainable development goals are at the centre of this field.

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Healthcare activity

  • Accreditations: 21 ERN, 30 CSUR and 9 UEC.
  • 420 new patients attended to at the Pediatric Cancer Center Barcelona.
  • More than 19,000 active patients with a rare disease.
  • 3,542 requests from international patients (+10%).
  • 1,272 patients benefitting from the transition to adult hospital programme.
  • 742 complex patients transferred by SJD pediatric EMS staff.
  • 70.52% of patients would recommend our hospital (NPS score).
  • 309 patients and families directly involved in projects, 44,357 surveys answered.

Research and innovation

  • 617 scientific articles with a total impact factor of 4,685. 58% of publications appear in first-quartile journals.
  • 269 clinical trials.
  • 294 active competitive projects, of which 46 are international.
  • 10.1 million Euros raised for Hospital projects and research initiatives.
  • 5 patents granted.


  • 373 education initiatives with 16,232 students from SJD Education.
  • 178 in-person simulation courses (including short on-site sessions).
  • 3 advanced nurse practitioner (ANP).

Corporate Social Responsibility

  • 278 Hospital charity events raising 1.5 million Euros.
  • 10 million Euros in donations altogether.
  • More than 10,000 patients attended to through the Sierra Leone twinning programme.
  • 179 actions that align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 143 of which are already in action.