ED Research Enroller Program

To advance emergency care, we must perform high quality research. However, we have recognized the challenge of performing research in the busy and time-sensitive ED.  Thus, we have created the ED Research Enroller (EDRE) Program, which places highly trained staff members in the ED to screen and enroll patients who qualify for ongoing studies, as well as complete research protocols including surveys and simple procedures

The EDRE Program is available for researchers across the University of Wisconsin campus and has already worked with investigators to support a wide range of research studies. These studies have been funded by federal, foundation, and industry sources. We believe that the EDRE Program has the following clear benefits:

  • Improved ability to identify and enroll subjects
  • Improved study adherence and data quality
  • Improved human subject protections by separating research from clinical care
  • Improved interface with the clinical setting

Recognizing the importance of the EDRE Program, the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research has awarded a Novel Methods Pilot Award to support this Program.

For more information on the EDRE Program, please visit contact Rebecca Schwei (rschwei@medicine.wisc.edu) or call us at (608) 263-6690.


Rebecca Schwei (EDRE Program Manager) (rschwei@medicine.wisc.edu)

Rebecca Green (rkgreen@medicine.wisc.edu)

Apoorva Maru (apmaru@medicine.wisc.edu)

Maggie O'Dell (meodell@medicine.wisc.edu)

Studies Currently Enrolling in the ED

Paramedic-Coached ED Care Transitions to Help Older Adults Maintain their Health
The purpose of this study is to test the overall hypothesis that a community-based, paramedic coordinated ED-to-home Care Transition Intervention will improve community-dwelling older adults’ post-ED health outcomes and reduce cost. This study will include older adults discharged home from the ED, as well as their caregiver. For questions, see Dr. Manish Shah.

Clinical Evaluation of the Omron Wheeze Detector Prototype and Algorithm among Children
The purpose of this study is to evaluate a new device that may be able to identify children from age 3 months to 13 years who may be wheezing. Participating patients will have their lung sounds recorded and then analyzed by this device and two physicians. For questions, see Dr. Michael Kim.

Academic Effects of Concussion in the High School Athlete
The purpose of this study is to examine the scope of adverse academic effects post-concussion in high school students (14-18 years of age). Students are eligible if they have had an injury caused by a direct blow to the head, face or neck in which an impulsive force was transmitted to the head in the last 7 days. For questions, see Dr. Traci Snedden or Dr. Margaret Brooks.

Screening in Trauma for Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOMP)
The purpose of this study is to develop and implement streamlined guidelines for opioid prescribing in trauma care. The study team will be conducting surveys in order to identify risk factors that may be useful in determining whether a patient is at risk for developing an opioid use disorder because of their use of opioid medications for pain management after an injury. Patients are eligible for this study if they are between the ages of 18 and 75, are in the Emergency Department because of an injury, and are expected to receive opioid prescription upon discharge. For questions, see Dr. Randy Brown.