Academic Research

TriHealth hospitals participate in a variety of academic research trials so our doctors can learn more about unique diseases and conditions, and work toward developing innovative, effective treatment options.

Academic Research

Assessment of Pain in Patients Undergoing Bone Marrow Aspiration

Primary objective is to assess pain management measures being utilized on patients undergoing bone marrow aspiration at Good Samaritan Hospital and determine if medication before bone marrow aspiration impacts pain during and after the procedure.

PI:  Mohammad Arif Ahmed MD
Contact Person: Jenni Steinbrunner, 513 862 4033
Inclusion Criteria:  

  • Patients referred by Oncology Partners Network
  • Patients undergoing bone marrow biopsy at bedside at 14CD
  • Patients undergoing bone marrow biopsy at bedside at the outpatient cancer center
  • Patients undergoing bone marrow biopsy in radiology (transported from inpatient unit or pre-surgical services)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients < 18 years of age
  • Patients where incomplete data was collected on critical variables
 

Awareness of Sexually Transmitted Disease Testing Among Emergency Room Patients

Primary objective is to determine the prevalence of patients who are aware they were tested for an STD during the ER visit, completed their prescription for STD treatment, and advised their partners to be checked for an STD.

PI:  Elaine Alvarez MD
Contact Person:  Jenni Steinbrunner, 513 862 4033
Inclusion Criteria:

  • Subject contacted within 1 month of emergency room visit

Exclusion Criteria:  

  • Patients < 18 years of age
  • Insufficient contact information (eg. telephone number)
  • Patient unable to identify date of birth and last 4 digits of social security number
 

Risk Factors for MRSA Colonization in Patients Undergoing Hip or Knee Replacement Surgery

Primary objective is to determine risk factors associated with MRSA colonization for patients undergoing hip or knee replacement surgery.

PI:  Jason Hatfield MD
Contact Person: Jenni Steinbrunner, 513 862 4033
Inclusion Criteria:  

  • Patients undergoing elective hip or knee replacement surgery or revision of previous surgery at Good Samaritan or Bethesda North hospital between June 1, 2009 – December 31, 2010.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients who did not undergo MRSA screening
  • Patients < 18 years of age
 

Atrioventricular Optimization in Pacemaker Dependent Patients Having Dual Chamber Pacemakers with or without ICDs

Primary objective is to determine the benefit of doing an AV optimization in patients with dual chamber pacemakers with or without ICDs.

PI:  Muhammad Rizwan Afzal MD
Contact Person: Jenni Steinbrunner, 513 862 4033
Inclusion Criteria:  

  • Patients with native rhythm and PR interval > 300 milliseconds
  • Pacemaker dependent patients
  • Patients from Electrophysiology (EP) clinic of Cardiology Associates of Cincinnati (CAC) seen between May 2011 to April 2013
  • Patients stable on current treatment for at least 3 weeks prior to recruitment

Exclusion Criteria:  

  • Patients with native rhythm and PR interval less than 300
  • Patients who are incapacitated for 6 minute walk test
  • Patients who do not return for 3 month follow up visit or are more than 14 days before or beyond the 3 month follow up date
  • Patients who have adjustments made to the pacemaker between study visit #1 and study visit #2
  • Patients who have A-FibPatients who did not undergo MRSA screening
  • Patients < 18 years of age
 

BNP Levels During Pregnancy and Postpartum

Primary objective is to determine BNP levels at three intervals during a normal pregnancy (8-14 weeks gestation, 24-30 weeks gestation, and at delivery) as well as postpartum, thus establishing a pattern for comparison and diagnosis of underlying or acquired heart disease during pregnancy.

PI:  Angel Mena MD
Contact Person: Jenni Steinbrunner, 513 862 4033
Inclusion Criteria:

  • Gestation age 8-14 weeks
  • Women age 18-35

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with significant medical history before pregnancy including cardiovascular disease, valvular heart disease, hypertension, pulmonary airway disease (ie. Sleep apnea, pulmonary hypertension, asthma, COPD) and symptoms of shortness of breath, morbid obesity (BMI>40), renal dysfunction, medications known to affect cardiac function.
  • Twin/multiple pregnancy
 

Warfarin Compliance in the Clinic Setting

Primary objective is to determine if a warfarin compliance program improves patient compliance (getting INR’s checked monthly) and patient outcomes.

PI:  Aaron Young MD
Contact Person: Jenni Steinbrunner, 513 862 4033
Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients have been on Warfarin for at least 12 months at the start of the study
  • Exclusion Criteria:
  • Patients who switch providers or are no longer patients of the Faculty Medical Center
  • Patients < 18 years of age
 

 

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