Center for Policy and Research in Emergency Medicine (CPR-EM)
Overview (page 2)
The policy-relevant research of Emergency Medicine faculty members includes publications and grants in the fields of medical ethics, emergency medical services/out-of-hospital care, and emergency care. Areas of special interest include evaluation of rural trauma systems, rapid pre-hospital recognition and treatment of cardiac illness by trained laypeople, access to medical care for vulnerable populations, patient safety, early detection of bioterrorism, special-needs children, emergency department overcrowding, poison centers as a community resource, informatics tools to facilitate public health reporting, innovative strategies in medical education, interpersonal violence, recruitment of minorities for medical training, treatment of critically ill children, emergency department observation unit outcomes, injury prevention, and medical decision rules.
Robert A. Lowe, MD, MPH, former Director of the CPR-EM, is a well-established health services researcher with 20 years of experience in academic emergency medicine. Dr. Lowe's research interests include access to medical care, risks of creating barriers to emergency medical care, patient safety and quality of care. Additional core faculty members include the following: Rochelle Fu, PhD, Assistant Professor, is a biostatistician with expertise in both frequentist and Bayesian statistical modeling; K. John McConnell, PhD, MA, MS, Associate Professor, is an economist whose research interests include the economics of healthcare, the economics of trauma centers, hospital overcapacity and ED crowding, and access to medical care; and Craig D. Newgard, MD, MPH,Current Director, Associate Professor, is a physician-researcher whose research interests include trauma, injury prevention, out-of-hospital care, and advanced biostatistics and research methods.
The CPR-EM was established to promote several long-term goals: (1) to partner with policy-makers locally, state-wide and nationally, in identifying areas in which high-quality research can contribute to important health policy issues; (2) to increase the contribution of Emergency Medicine faculty members to important health policy issues facing our community, our state and our nation; and (3) to enhance the research activities of the Department of Emergency Medicine, seeking external funding to facilitate this goal.
In order to accomplish those goals, the department of emergency medicine's CPR-EM participates as a center within the Oregon Health Policy Institute (OHPI). OHPI is an umbrella organization containing four centers: the Substance Abuse Policy Center; the Center for Health and Disability Policy; the Center for Environmental Health Policy; and the Center for Policy and Research in Emergency Medicine. OHPI includes faculty and staff at OHSU, PSU, and OSU. The OHPI's research productivity is highlighted by receipt of more than $22 million in grants and contracts during the last five years.
The CPR-EM offers a two-year fellowship in Emergency Medicine Health Services Research. Information about the fellowship is available on our Research Fellowship site.