The SAFE study is a cross-sectional study of older adults receiving care in the emergency department (ED) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The original version of the study was conducted as a prevalence study with random block enrollment to characterize unmet non-medical needs and malnutrition among older ED patients. These initial efforts have been completed (see publications below). The current version of SAFE is obtaining additional data on self-reported vs. actual physical functional of older ED patients and examining the willingness and ability of older ED patients to use tablet computers. This study is currently supported by an NIA K23 award (Tim Platts-Mills) and a Medical Student Training in Aging Research grant MSTAR grant (mentor Tim Platts-Mills/ student Sruti Brahmandam).
Publications, Abstracts and Presentations
- Stevens TB, Richmond NL, Pereira GF, Shenvi CL, Platts-Mills TF. Prevalence of Non-Medical Problems Among Older Adults Presenting to the Emergency Department. 2014. Acad Emerg Med. (In Press).