RESIDENT INFORMATION

Learn more information about research projects currently recruiting in the UHN emergency departments!

 

1) AFTER AFIB STUDY

The study objective is to validate the clinical decision instrument AFTER (predicts 30-day mortality), AFTER2 (composite 30-day hospitalization & mortality), and predictors of return ER visits (a proxy for AF symptom burden). The ultimate goal is to safely keep more AF patients in their homes. By accurately identifying high-risk patients for either admission or intensive outpatient care, these tools could safely facilitate more ED discharges, substantially reducing the number of ED AF patients who are hospitalized.

Who to recruit? 
•          Enroll all ED patients with Afib as primary diagnosis at both TGH and TWH
•          Log into desktop icon (installed on all ED computers) and complete data collection form 
•          Receive a free coffee card for recruiting!

2) ADJUST DVT

The primary objective of this study is to assess the efficacy & safety of a progressive cut-off of D-dimer to rule out DVT. This age-adjusted cut-off is defined as age x 10 in patients 50 years or older.

Who to recruit?
•          Recruit ANY AND ALL patients who might have a DVT of the leg at both TWH and TGH
•          Complete the worksheet (found in FastTrack research folder)
•          Order a Dimer
•          Get help from Research Coordinator/PAs/NPs or another physician to obtain consent

3) HEADSTRONG

The goal of the HEADSTRONG Behaviour Study is to identify injured adult cyclists who do not regularly wear helmets, and enrol them in a program that will effect sustained helmet use. The strategy incorporates evidence-based elements of health behaviour change, including:  a) reducing barriers, b) education and modeling, c) providing necessary materials, and d) social support.

Who to recruit? 

•          Injured cyclist presenting to TWH ED only

•          Not wearing a helmet at the time of accident

•          No admission

•          Call Research Coordinator 

•          OR provide patient handout (located in TWH Fast Track folder)

4) POST-CONCUSSION

The primary objective of this study is to identify differences in oculomotor function and visual scanning behaviour (VSB) between participant with and without acute concussion. The aim is also to investigate patterns of change and recovery in oculomotor function and VSB in participants who suffered a concussion.

Who to recruit?

•          Patients age 18-60 presenting to the TWH ED only with concussion within 7 days of event

•          Text Investigator

•          Monday to Friday business hours only 

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