Research Projects

Savir

Advancing Patient Safety Implementation through Pharmacy-Based Opioid Medication Use Research

Advancing Patient Safety Implementation through Pharmacy-Based Opioid Medication Use Research is funded through a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The goal of this study is to apply a systems-level approach to reducing harm of opioid-related adverse events by acknowledging the inherent need to manage opioid medication use more safely, and prepare patients for the possibility of opioid-induced adverse events.

e-Parenting

The e-Parenting study is funded by the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. This study seeks to test the feasibility and acceptability of an e-parenting skills intervention, and the effect of this intervention on alcohol use and alcohol-related negative consequences among adolescents recruited from two trauma centers. 

We will randomize 75 pairs of injured adolescents (12 to 17 years old) and their parent to receive either standard trauma center care (a brief intervention with the adolescent) or standard trauma center care (a brief intervention with the adolescent), plus an e-parenting skills intervention consisting of a computerized intervention for parent skill building, a series of text messages and a web-based message board.

Project ASSESS

CO-PI: James Linakis, MD, PhD and Anthony Spirito, PhD

Project ASSESS will validate the NIAAA two-question screen for early detection of alcohol use and problems with 12-17 year olds in 15 U.S. pediatric emergency departments (PED). Youths 12-17 years (N=8000) presenting to participating PECARN PEDs will be enrolled over a 3.5-year period and will complete the two-question screen along with other alcohol and other drug and behavior surveys. A subset of participants will also complete one week or 12 and 24 month surveys. Responses from these youths will be used to assess the validity of the NIAAA two-question screen.

SCiPP (Seat Checks in Pediatric Practice)

The Seat Checks in Pediatric Practice (SCiPP) study has been funded by a grant from the Rhode Island Foundation.  This goal of the study is to evaluate the benefit of offering the services of a certified child passenger safety technician within a pediatric practice. 

The Safe Opioid Prescription Protocol (SOPP)

The Safe Opioid Prescription Protocol (SOPP) study has been funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This study will evaluate the effect of a protocol designed to increase physician and nurse awareness of risk factor for unintentional opioid overdose among injured trauma patients who are discharged home with a prescription for opioid pain medication. The protocol will also address safe use, storage and disposal of opioid medications with these patients.