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



Studies Currently Enrolling in the ED

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, see Dr. Manish Shah.

Caregiver Uncertainty

This pilot study aims to assess the feasibility and acceptability of enrolling and surveying patients with memory changes and their caregivers in the ED. Eventually these pilot data will be submitted for a grant to expand the study. If funded, the study would aim to understand how these patients and their caregivers make decisions about coming to the ED. Hopefully this will help shed some light on resources that would be useful for these patients/caregivers to receive support in the community rather than seeking care in the ED. Research Coordinators will perform all study activities for this survey-based study. For questions, please contact Dr. Manish Shah.

Engineering Safe Care Journeys for Vulnerable Older Adults

As a part of the AHRQ grant titled "Engineering Safe Care Journeys for Vulnerable Older Adults," researchers from the Wisconsin Institute for Healthcare Systems Engineering will soon begin conducting observations in the ED to observe disposition decision-making discussions between patients and clinicians. Their intent is to better understand the disposition decision-making process for older adult patients and barriers/facilitators in the process. They will use these data to design a tool that will 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 observations, please contact the study PI, Dr. Pascale Carayon (pcarayon@wisc.edu).

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.

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 or Dr. Michael Pulia.