The spread of emerging infectious diseases represents a threat to mankind from either nature or bioterrorism. Given the enormous threats, there are many strategies to prevent and treat the next pandemic. Fundamental to all is containment, and this requires protection of HCWs first exposed to and who treat the patients. SimTunes, LLC was launched by MUSC to develop and sell healthcare worker (HCW) simulation educational materials. This study will investigate an educational product created by SimTunes, called Medical Unit Specialized Simulation Training, that will keep healthcare workers prepared for and safe in the next lethal pandemic. The research will test MUSST's superiority over conventional educational methods and its ability to be used in community hospitals and with a new disease.
Live donor kidney transplantation (LDKT) offers the most optimal survival and quality
of life benefit for those with late-stage chronic kidney disease. However, one-third of potential donors who volunteer to undergo evaluation on behalf of an intended recipient are blood-type or cross-match incompatibility. Kidney paired donation (KPD) was developed as a strategy to provide these incompatible donor-recipient pairs with an innovative opportunity for LDKT, yet its uptake by potential donors and their intended LDKT recipients is not optimal. In this study, we will evaluate the
effectiveness of a targeted video intervention designed to address common concerns
about KPD on the knowledge of KPD risks and benefits, KPD self-efficacy, and KPD
concerns in incompatible potential donors and their intended recipients.
Asthma has high morbidity and mortality among adolescents and among youth from non-urban (i.e., rural and suburban) communities, both of whom are seldom included in asthma intervention research. This study will test the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of high school-based intervention delivered by Community Health Workers (CHWs) to non-urban adolescents with uncontrolled asthma, and will examine factors associated with delivery of the intervention.