McCarthy, Melissa

Summaries of Independent Scientist (K) Awards

Summaries of recently funded projects for Independent Scientist and Mentored Clinical Scientist Development K Awards.

Institution: Johns Hopkins University
Grant Title: The Quality of Emergency Care and Relationship to Patient-Reported Outcomes
Grant Number: K01 HS017957
Duration: 5 years (2009-2014)
Total Award: $780,000

Project Description: This research has three specific aims:

  1. Identify determinants that influence the quality of emergency care.
  2. Evaluate the quality of emergency care in terms of its impact on patient-reported outcomes.
  3. Improve the quality of emergency care through the implementation and evaluation of a promising intervention.

Career Goals: Dr. McCarthy is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD where she also received her ScD in Health Services. Her long term career goals include applying all six IOM domains of quality to the evaluation and improvement of emergency department (ED) care; establishing and leading a clinical services program aimed at continually improving the quality of ED care and advancing the sciences that underpin program interventions and evaluations; and incorporating patient-reported outcome measurement into routine monitoring of quality in the ED.

Progress to Date: The grantee conducted a randomized controlled trial that evaluated the impact of providing service delivery information to patients upon arrival in the ED on patient satisfaction (Aim #4). Dr. McCarthy completed her career development work as proposed.

Future Plans: The grantee will conduct the retrospective and prospective phases of the research project that is related to evaluating the quality of emergency care of chest pain and abdominal pain patients. She will also work on an analysis to determine the extent of provider variation on ED length of stay.

Highlights and Specific Accomplishments:

  • Chief Residents Award, Johns Hopkins University Department of Emergency Medicine, 2006

K-Generated Publications: None thus far.

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Page last reviewed October 2014
Page originally created March 2012
Internet Citation: McCarthy, Melissa. Content last reviewed October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.
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