Research

Guided by the Emergency Medicine Research Division Chairperson Dr. Rebecca Roberts, Stroger continues as a “Center for Excellence” for city wide emergency preparedness planning and implementation.

Research Division Goals for All Residents and Faculty

  • Pursue scholarly activities that directly and specifically benefit our patients, hospital, specialty and residents.
  • Collaborate with other disciplines, hospitals, and public health agencies to produce useful and broadly applicable research.
  • Develop areas of expertise within our department.
  • Educate in critical literature review, incorporating new research into clinical practice, and advanced decision-making.
  • Provide a support framework for the participation in basic and advanced research techniques, paper and grant writing.

Cook County Rush Clinical Research Dashboard

Recent Achievements

Disaster Preparedness

  • Developed original software for disaster logistics management.
  • Created electronic public health surveillance and medical record decision support systems in collaboration with Center for Disease Control and Infectious Disease.
  • Collaborated on a multidisciplinary continuing education program live and using interactive computer and web-based technology.

Economics

  • Published studies on the economics and outcomes of chest-pain evaluation, asthma, infectious diseases, HIV care, and observation medicine.
  • New projects include measuring the cost-benefit of public health surveillance, graduate medical education, the relative cost of treatment errors and prevention programs, medical and social costs of gun shot wounds, cost-effectiveness of enhanced chemical dependency programs, and the impact of electronic medical record systems.

Patient Safety

  • Dr. Karen Cosby recently published an analysis of over 600 morbidity and mortality cases. This landmark study specifically examines factors leading to medical error, types of errors and their outcomes.  The work provides a template for high priority intervention areas.
  • Dr. Cosby has also written an EM curriculum for patient safety and is the editor of one book on medical error and another on emergency ultrasound.

Patient Education

  • Dr. Shari Schabowski has developed an innovative waiting room patient education program.
  • By first identifying high patient impact facts, then creating video and computer-based technologies, Dr. Schabowski provides much needed medical education for patients waiting to be treated.

Additional Areas of Ongoing Research

  • Clinical Decision Making
  • Emergency Ultrasound
  • Simulation Training
  • Sepsis Care and Infectious Diseases
  • Observation Medicine
  • Chest Pain Diagnostics
  • Asthma
  • Graduate Medical Education