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Dr. Randell Receives NIH Award to Study “Promoting Healthy Relationships among At-Risk Adolescents: A Feasibility Trial in the Emergency Department

Kimberly Randell, MD, MSc, Emergency Medicine, has received a five-year, $789,750 NIH Career Development (K) Award from the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Randell’s study, “Promoting Healthy Relationships among At-Risk Adolescents: A Feasibility Trial in the Emergency Department,” will adapt and enhance an evidence-based intervention, Healthcare Education Assessment and Response for Adolescent Relationships (HEART), for use in the emergency department (ED) setting, followed by a randomized controlled trial of the adapted intervention, ED-HEART.

The hope is that this study will produce the first ED-based intervention to utilize universal education to comprehensively address adolescent relationship victimization (ARV) - characterized by physical, sexual, cyber or psychological abuse, reproductive coercion, or sexual exploitation - in combination with point-of-care provision of harm reduction resources. Study findings will inform the development of a larger hybrid efficacy-implementation study, supported by an R01 submission during the K23 award period.

The research study aligns with 2009 consensus recommendations for addressing public health problems in the ED setting and several Healthy People 2020 objectives.

Melissa Miller, MD, and Ann Davis, PhD, MPH, are serving as mentors and Denise Dowd, MD, MPH, is serving as a consultant on the study.


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