Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Research Projects

Research Projects

Concept Mapping as a Scalable Means of Identifying Patient-Important Outcomes

This is a 3-year study (1/1/16-12/31/18) funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The goal of this study is to improve the methods with which researchers identify patient centered outcomes for use in research. Specifically, we are testing the application of concept mapping as compared to one-on-one interviews as a comprehensive and efficient method of identifying patient-important outcomes for use in research.


Patient Centered Transition Planning Following Discharge from the Emergency Department

This work is funded by the Emergency Medicine Foundation. The overall goal is to develop a patient-centered approach to transitional care planning upon discharge from the emergency department. Our initial qualitative work within this project identified patient fear and symptom uncertainty as primary drivers of patient decisions to seek ED care, and also as primary unmet needs at the time of ED discharge. Subsequent work is focused on developing approaches to reduce fear and uncertainty both at the time of ED discharge as well as in the days following discharge. With this work, we aim to improve patient transitions home from the emergency department and subsequently reduce the rate of recurrent emergency department and inpatient hospital utilization.