The OHSU Center for Policy and Research in Emergency Medicine's breakthrough research leads to new standards of care and a better understanding of important issues involving emergency medicine, disaster preparedness, and toxicology.  The CRISP Program was implemented in 2003 by the Center for Policy and Research in Emergency Medicine so that it can provide an environment to conduct the various types of research necessary to advance care.  This program has grown tremendously over the past 15+ years.  Between 2003 and 2018, the program has completed 65 research projects (see below for breakdown on types of projects) and some projects have ultimately been published in high impact journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine.

The CRISP Program is staffed by pre-health students from universities all over the United States. At any given time, there are between 55 and 75 CRISP Research Assistants in the program staffing the CRISP hours of operation.  Between 2003 and 2018, our site has hosted over 1000 pre-health students.  More than 50% of our research assistants between this time period have been accepted into medical, nursing, dental, and physician assistant programs. Several CRISP Research Assistants have even come back to matriculate in our Emergency Medicine Residency Program.  Read some of our student success stories here.

CRISP Research Assistants are integral to the research mission of the OHSU Emergency Department.  They undergo hours of extensive training to learn the active research protocols in the program, practice informed consent, master the regulations set forth by the 21 Code of Federal Regulations, and engage in the ethical principles of medical research. Once trained, the CRISP Research Assistants will use EPIC (the electronic health record system here at OHSU) to proficiently screen all patients who come into the OHSU Emergency Department and follow the inclusion/exclusion criteria for each study protocol to either enroll or exclude a patient from the study.  If a patient deems eligible for the study, the CRISP Research Assistants will inform the patient and/or the patient’s legal guardian (LAR) about the study, ask if they are willing to participate, and have the patient and/or the LAR sign the consent forms.  Once the patient is consented, the CRISP Research Assistants will move forward to abstract data from the patient’s medical records, collect information directly from the patient via a patient interview, and/or work with the ED treatment team to collect necessary patient samples such as blood, urine, or stool.