ED Research Coordinator Program

The Emergency Department Research Coordinator (EDRC) Program exists within the Department and our mission is to support the conduct of high impact clinical and translational research by providing investigators efficient and effective research services. We place highly trained staff members in the Emergency Department environment where they screen, consent and enroll patients into research studies.

The EDRC Program is a cutting edge resource available to researchers across the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We have worked on research projects funded by federal, foundation, and industry sponsors and with researchers from a wide variety of Schools and Departments across campus.

The EDRC Program facilitates research by:

  • Sharing best practices on recruiting patients and caregivers from the Emergency Department
  • Effectively identifying and enrolling participants into research studies
  • Rigorously adhering to study protocols and accurately completing study procedures
  • Regularly communicating with study teams regarding recruitment progress

Want to learn more?

Call or Email for a Consultation

Rebecca Schwei, MPH
EDRC Program Supervisor
rschwei@medicine.wisc.edu (608) 263-6690

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Studies Currently Enrolling in the ED

COVID-19 Studies:

BinaxNOW™ Rapid COVID-19 Test Validation

The purpose of this study is to validate a new rapid COVID-19 test by Abbott in a cohort of asymptomatic patients. The EDRCs will be screening for potentially eligible patients and obtaining two nasal swabs from those interested. All ED staff are also eligible for this study and may participate if they wish; subjects are paid $20 for participation and will not be informed of results from the tests.

Please contact Dr. Brian Patterson or Dr. Manish Shah with questions.

Cue Health Monitoring System COVID-19 Rapid Test

The purpose of this study is to validate a new rapid COVID test by Cue Health in a cohort of both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients. The EDRCs will be screening for potentially eligible patients and approaching them for participation. Patients will be given all study materials to complete the self-test using the Cue Health Mobile App, and then EDRCs will obtain one nasal swab for reference testing. Subjects will get their result in real-time from the app, and any further testing or care will be at the discretion of the ED treating team.

For questions, please contact Dr. Brian Patterson or Dr. Manish Shah.

TREAT NOW Assessment of Early COVID Treatment on Outpatients

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of lopinavir/rotinavir on the outcomes of ambulatory patients diagnosed with COVID-19. EDRCs will call patients who recently tested positive for COVID-19 and offer them study participation over the phone. Patients agreeing to participate will be mailed the drug or a placebo and followed for 30 days. This study is in collaboration with Vanderbilt University, and no study activities will take place in the emergency department.

Please contact Dr. Michael Ward with any questions.

Additional Studies:

 

All of Us

The purpose of this study is to build a national database that will be available to researchers to further precision medicine. Coordinators will approach patients to participate, help them go through the portal to complete the baseline surveys, and schedule follow-up appointments with patients for bio-specimen collection. We are hoping to enroll family members and guests in this study as well. For questions, please contact Dr. Manish Shah.

Clinical Evaluation of the Omron Wheeze Detector Prototype and Algorithm

The purpose of this study is to test a wheeze detector prototype created by Omron Healthcare in pediatric patients with a history of asthma or suspected of having asthmatic symptoms. This is a new protocol but is a continuation of the previous Omron study that is more tailored to the target patient population. Enrollers will take a 30-second recording of eligible patients breathing to capture lung sounds of interest. For questions, please contact Dr. Manish Shah or Dr. Michael Kim.

Engineering Safe Care Journeys for Vulnerable Older Adults (Part 1)

As a part of the AHRQ grant titled “Engineering Safe Care Journeys for Vulnerable Older Adults”, EDRCs will start administering surveys to older adult fall patients about their perceptions of health care. EDRCs will administer two short surveys, one in the middle of the patient's stay and one just before the patient leaves the ED. These data will serve as baseline data to evaluate a tool that will be designed to improve transitions from the ED to the hospital, the patient's home, and skilled nursing facilities. If you have any questions or concerns about the project, please contact the study PI, Dr. Pascale Carayon (pcarayon@wisc.edu) or Drs. Shah or Patterson.

Evaluating the Utility of Thermal Imaging in Diagnosing Cellulitis for Lower Extremity Complaints in the Emergency Department

The main purpose of the study is to determine the temperature gradient between affected and unaffected legs in patients with cellulitis and compare the difference in temperature between cases of cellulitis and pseudocellulitis. A secondary purpose is to assess the impact of thermal imaging data on diagnostic assessments of potential cellulitis cases when added to standard techniques. For questions, please contact Dr. Michael Pulia.

Evaluation of ANP Assay in Acute Heart Failure

The purpose of this study is to evaluate a new assay for diagnosing and assessing the severity of Acute Heart Failure in patients presenting to the emergency department. This test is created by Beckman Coulter, Inc. and uses a blood draw to look for certain biomarkers present during episodes of heart failure. In addition to patient questions and chart review, EDRCs will work with ED staff to collect blood and then perform simple processing on it prior to sending it to the sponsor for testing. This study is expecting to enroll 2-3 patients per week. For questions, please contact Dr. Michael Ward.

Integrating mHealth for Alcohol Use Disorders into Clinical Practice

The purpose of this study is to use mobile health technology to support patients wishing to balance alcohol consumption with their other health goals. The EDRCs will be screening for potentially eligible patients and informing them of the study - no study activities will take place in the ED. The EDRC team is working with Dr. Andrew Quanbeck from the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health on this implementation study to see how the app his team has developed integrates into patients' lives. For questions, please contact Dr. Manish Shah or Dr. Brian Patterson.

Lumos FebriDx®

The purpose of this study is to test a device to identify the infectious etiology (virus vs. bacteria) of patients presenting with acute respiratory symptoms. This device, called FebriDx®, was created by Lumos Diagnostics and uses a finger stick blood sample to measure the levels of various pathogens. The hope is for this device to be widely available for patients to help guide their decisions to seek care for respiratory illnesses. In addition to the finger stick, the EDRCs will be collecting nose and throat swabs as well as blood samples to send for confirmatory testing. This study is expecting to enroll 1-2 patients per week during daytime hours. For questions, please contact Dr. Michael Ward.

The Role of Aspiration in Community Acquired Pneumonia

The purpose of this study is to assess patients with suspected pneumonia for dysphagia and examine the potential role of aspiration. This study is being done in collaboration with Dr. Nicole Rogus-Pulia's lab in Speech and Language Pathology to study patients' saliva and swallowing patterns. EDRCs will administer a survey, a bedside water swallow test, and collect saliva samples from participants presenting to the ED for pneumonia. This study is expecting to enroll 1-2 patients per week. For questions, please contact Dr. Michael Pulia.

Romantic Couples, Medications, and Health at Time of ED Visit

The purpose of this study is to develop relationship-based predictors of prescription opioid use among older adults. EDRCs will approach patients presenting to the ED with injuries who also have a romantic partner present for participation. Interested couples will complete one survey in the ED, and the patient will complete a short follow-up survey at 30 days. This study is being done in collaboration with Dr. Lauren Papp in the School of Human Ecology. For questions, please contact Dr. Michael Repplinger.