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Awarded Research Cooperative Agreement - Acute Care

The Future of Emergency Medicine in Pennsylvania

FOA Number: CE05-101E: Pennsylvania Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians/Earmark
Project Period: 8/01/05–7/31/06
Application/Grant Number: 1-R49-CE000791-01
Principal Investigator: Marilyn J. Heine
Pennsylvania Chapter of American College of Emergency Physicians


This program conducted by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (PaACEP) will study the role of Pennsylvania’s emergency physicians (EPs) as safety net providers. This program addresses the performance goal of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control to increase the capacity of injury prevention and control programs, and the prevention of injuries and violence, a “Healthy People 2010” focus area; and supports the CDC research goal of enhancing health. The program’s four aims are to: 1) identify and describe injury prevention and control programs used in Pennsylvania’s Emergency Departments (PaEDs), describe measurable outcomes of success and barriers to implementation, and suggest methods to overcome these barriers; 2) develop, implement in a PaED, and measure the outcomes of a program aimed at reducing youth violence, domestic abuse, or preventable childhood injuries; 3) describe the current workforce of Pennsylvania’s EPs and project future workforce trends and needs; and 4) describe information and data management systems aimed at improving patient safety used in PaEDs and measure their effectiveness and identify areas for improvement.

PaACEP will request proposals from academic centers and other institutions in Pennsylvania to answer these four objectives. PaACEP will review these proposals, selecting recipients, monitor the activities of the recipients, and will determine a timeline for project completion. PaACEP will review each completed project, independently analyzing study data when applicable, reviewing the investigator’s conclusions, and approving the completed project. PaACEP will prepare interim progress reports, analyzing each of the final reports for completed objective, and will prepare final financial and performance reports. This program is relevant to the public health of the citizens of Pennsylvania because of the vital role that emergency physicians play in the health care safety net. Continued access to safe, high quality EPs who can provide excellent care while enhancing injury prevention will help to improve the health of Pennsylvania’s citizens.