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Pediatrics Ongoing Research Studies

1. A descriptive study to determine factors associated with filling prescriptions after visits to the pediatric emergency department (Samantha Rosman, MD):

Funded by the Joel and Barbara Alpert Children of the City Endowment 2008.

2. Risk Factors for Community Acquired Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus-Aureus Infections in the Pediatric Emergency Department (Chris Odell, MD):
My research concerns community-acquired MRSA infections in patients seen in the pediatric emergency department. I am developing a questionnaire to correlate culture results of soft tissue infections with clinical course.

3. Bedside Ultrasound Training in Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowships (Daniela Ramirez-Schrempp, MD):
I am very interested in the use of bedside ultrasound in the pediatric emergency room. My main research was to determine the level and extent of bedside ultrasound training that pediatric emergency fellows receive. We also are studying whether ultrasound imaging changes the management of soft tissue infections in the pediatric population.

4. Distinguishing between Sexually Transmitted Illness and Urinary Tract Infection in the Pediatric Emergency Department (Kimball Prentiss, MD, Bob Vinci, MD):
The aims of the study are: (1) To determine the accuracy with which pediatric emergency medicine physicians can diagnose common STIs during an emergency department visit; (2) To identify components of the patient's history, physical exam and/or urinalysis results, if any, that can be used to predict the likelihood of either a UTI or STI, and/or the presence of co-infection with both; and (3) To establish the co-infection rate within our urban underserved patient population in females aged 13-21 years and to help guide our testing and presumptive treatment practices. Funded by the Joel and Barbara Alpert Children of the City Endowment 2007.

5. Project HARRT: Facilitating Healthy and Respectful Relationships for Teens (Bronwen Carroll, MD, Howard Bauchner, MD)
This initiative is designed to characterize the barriers to identifying victims of dating violence in the PED. The specific goal is to verify the factors perceived by nurses as precluding universal screening for intimate partner violence within the existing PED system. Funded by the Joel and Barbara Alpert Children of the City Endowment 2008

6. Reaching Adolescents for Prevention (Edward Bernstein, MD, Judith Bernstein, PhD, David Dorfman, MD)
We are studying whether a brief negotiated interview done in the emergency department can affect health outcomes of teenagers who acknowledge problem drinking.