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Current Research

Below are some of the ongoing research projects in the Emergency Department at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital that are supported by current EMRAP Associates:

"Elderly CRASH"
Title: Outcome of Elderly Patients Treated in the Emergency Department after Motor Vehicle Collision
Principal Investigator: Timothy Platts-Mills, MD
Site Investigator: Robert Domeier, MD, FACEP
Description: This NIH funded project is a multi-center prospective observational study managed by the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and is looking at the physical and emotional effects of minor trauma on elderly adults who experience motor vehicle crash, or MVC.

"ED Communication"
Title: Implementation of a Novel Physician-Patient Communication Tool in the Emergency Department and its Impact on Patient Comprehension and Satisfcation.
Principal Investigator: Stefanie Simmons, MD
Description: This Blue Cross Blue Shield funded project is a multi-center prospective cohort study looking at the effects of novel instrument on communication between health care providers and patient evaluated and treated in the Emergency Department setting.

"E-mail Follow-up"
Title: You've got mail...and need follow-up
Principal Investigator: Brian Sharp, MD
Co-Investigator(s): Stefanie Simmons, MD; Nadia Juneja, MD
Description: This SJMHS Shoecraft funded project is a prospective randomized trial evaluating the use of e-mail communications from the Emergency Department with patients following up with primary care providers after being discharged home.

"Pediatric PIVs"
Title: Safety of discharge with peripheral IV catheter for next day follow up in pediatric emergency medicine
Principal Investigator: Hadar Tucker, MD
Co-Investigator(s): Timothy VanderKooy, MD
Description: This SJMHS Shoecraft funded project is a prospective observational study examining the practice of discharging pediatric patients home with a peripheral IV in place for follow-up antibiotic and/or fluid administration.

"Vertical Heterophoria"
Title: Utility of a survey instrument to predict benefit from a novel treatment for Vertical Heterophoria
Principal Investigator: Mark Rosner, MD
Co-Investigator(s): Debra Feinberg, OD
Description: This prospective clinical trial is looking at a novel approach to evaluating patients with a previously undiagnosed condition involving a misalignment of the eyes causing severe headache amongst other burdensome symptoms.

The following projects are "up and coming" and should be enrolling soon...

"Undiagnosed Senior Depression"
Title: TBD
Principal Investigator: Dan Keyes, MD, MPH
Description: This prospective observational study is looking at the effects of the new Senior Emergency Department and its associated evaluations on the diagnosis and subsequent treatment rate of depression in the elderly population of a large community hospital.

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