Open Projects

Our group is dedicated to finding the best way to communicate with our patients through participation in state-of-the-art research. Below are our current projects.

Diversity in Clinical Trials

Dr. Coylewright and her team at The Erlanger Heart and Lung Institute and The Erlanger Institute for Clinical Research are passionate about diversity and inclusion in clinical trial design, conduct and dissemination. They are now accepting patient volunteers to form their Patient Expert Panel to guide ongoing projects. Contact Dr. Coylewright at 423.778. VALV (8258) for more information.

Patients can learn more about shared decision making in clinical trials by listening in to a recent webinar led by Dr. Coylewright and sponsored by the patient advocacy group, Mended Hearts.

Dr. Megan Coylewright in the catheterization lab. Photo taken by Mark Washburn.

The WILL Study

Women Implanters and Local Leadership

The WILL study is an examination of gender disparities in the field of left atrial appendage closure. The objective is to investigate the role of women in conducting the WATCHMAN implantation procedure and determine whether women are underrepresented as WATCHMAN implanters. We also aim to determine if there is a correlation between the presence of female WATCHMAN implanters, and women in cardiovascular leadership at the institution.

This study has been completed and is in under consideration for publication.

Dr. Megan Coylewright in the catheterization lab. Photo taken by Mark Washburn

The LIFT Study

Leadership Impacts on Women in Cardiovascular Fellow Training

Women are significantly underrepresented in cardiology. While women have made up nearly half of medical school classes for 20 years, less than 1 in 4 cardiology trainees are women. Lead by Co-PI’s Dr. Megan Coylewright and Dr. Kerrilynn Hennessey, the LIFT study aims to determine how cardiovascular leadership impacts where female cardiovascular fellows pursue their training, and what female trainees value most when choosing a training program.

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Aortic Stenosis Preferences In TREatment

This research study aims to help patients make decisions about treating aortic stenosis. Aortic Stenosis is a narrowed heart valve that doesn’t open properly. Patients help to guide our research: after over a year of study with patients as experts, we have created a tool for use in clinical visits which will be undergoing a formal evaluation. This study is done in partnership with Shared Decision Making Resources (Portland, ME) and receives funding from Edwards Lifesciences.

For more information contact: ASPIRE@SDMR.US

IDeA: Now Published!

Testing the Efficacy of an EHR-integrated Health Decision Aid

The EHR-integrated Health Decision Aid study aims to evaluate the impact of using a decision aid launched from the electronic health record during the clinical encounter on patient decision-making outcomes when patients with atrial fibrillation and their clinicians are considering stroke reduction treatment options. The EHR-integrated Health Decision Aid (IDeA) study is funded by the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Research Award 2018, sponsored by Section of Cardiovascular Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH.

This study is complete and under consideration for publication.

Now published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes!

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