Clinical Research

The Jefferson Department of Emergency Medicine conducts research aimed at improving clinical care. Faculty, fellows, residents, and students participate in multidisciplinary research teams working collaboratively to improve emergency care through scientific research.  Clinical research is focused on the following:

Clinical Trials

The Jefferson Department of Emergency Medicine tests the use of devices and pharmaceuticals for the treatment of acute emergencies through clinical trials. The department also works collaboratively with other medical and surgical specialties in the emergent aspects of disease and injury to improve care. Recent trials have included the evaluation of a point-of-care device housed in the Emergency Department (ED) and an intranasally administered non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug for the treatment of acute pain.

Faculty: AnnaMarie Chang, MD

Point-of-Care Ultrasound

The Division of Point-of-Care Ultrasound is involved in a number of projects investigating the utility of ultrasound in the acute setting.  Additionally, projects have explored patient and health care provider attitudes towards the use of ultrasound in a variety of conditions.

Faculty: Resa Lewiss, MD; Arthur Au, MD

Population Health - Access to Care

The Emergency Department provides services to all patients regardless of severity of illness and ability to pay. In some cases, the department serves as the only point of access for patients to the vast US health care system; in other cases, the Emergency Department is simply the most convenient way for a patient to address their medical concerns. The Jefferson Department of Emergency Medicine is studying the ED utilization trends by examining patient attitudes and medical decision-making towards seeking care. Additional research is focused on "super-users" of the department in order to inform and shape specific health services for this population. In partnership with the Department of Family and Community Medicine, the department conducts research on understanding high utilization by super-users.  A community partnership has also been developed in an effort to reduce emergency visits amongst these subpopulations of superusers. Jefferson Emergency Medicine is poised to use its unique perspective to assess the impact of local and national health policy changes on patient access to quality and sustainable care in hopes of further informing health care providers and policymakers.

Faculty: Kristin Rising, MD

Patient Flow

Patient-centered, efficient and effective treatment of patients is a top priority and a main focus in the current healthcare environment. The clinical leadership faculty are involved in developing, implementing, and studying innovative methods to provide the most efficient and effective emergency care to patients.  Additionally, research into benchmarks used to measure success are ongoing.

Faculty: Frederick Randolph, MD; Jennifer White, MD; Kory London, MD; Morgan Hutchinson, MD; Alan Cherney, MD