Women's Health Study (McLean, PI)

The purpose of this study is to demonstrate the feasibility and safety of performing longitudinal evaluations of sexual assault survivors who receive post-assault SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) care. Data collected will provide important information regarding the recovery process after sexual assault. These data will also provide important information concerning the experiences of sexual assault survivors with law enforcement, SANE nurses, and other medical providers. This information will be used to improve the care of sexual assault survivors. SANE programs participating in the Women’s Health Study Network include all major SANE care centers in North Carolina, as well as SANE programs in South Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland. This project is funded through NC TRaCs and the Department of Anesthesiology. Dr. McLean is PI of this study.

 

Status: enrollment has ended; data analysis in progress

 

Study Sites and Network


WHS Map

 

Publications, Abstracts and Presentations

  1. Murray CT, Ulirsch JC, Soward AC, Rossi C, Rotolo S, Wheeler R, Foley KA, Batts J, Collette R, Holbrook D, Goodman E, Csontos E, McLean SA. Most sexual assault survivors with new moderate or severe pain do not receive medical care in the initial six weeks after sexual assault. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Pain Society, New Orleans, LA, 2013.
  2. Ballina LE, Ulirsch JC, Soward AC, Rossi C, Rotolo S, Linnstaedt SD, Heafner T, Foley KA, Batts J, Collette R, Holbrook D, Zelman S, McLean SA. μ-Opioid receptor gene A118G polymorphism predicts pain recovery after sexual assault. Journal of Pain 14(2):165-71, 2013.
  3. McLean SA, Soward AC, Ballina LE, Rossi C, Rotolo S, Wheeler R, Foley KA, Batts J, Casto T, Collette R, Holbrook D, Goodman E, Rauch SA, Liberzon I.  Acute Severe Pain is a Common Consequence of Sexual Assault. Journal of Pain 13(8):436-41, 2012. *Selected as Journal Club Focus Article for August 2012 (month of publication) on Journal Website.
  4. Soward A, Ulirsch J, Liberzon I, Rossi C, Rotolo S, Wheeler R, Batts J, Casto T, Collette R, Holbrook D Goodman E,  Csontos E, Rausch SAM,  Diatchenko L, McLean SA. Catechol O-Methyltransferase Haplotype Predicts Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptom Severity Six Weeks after Sexual Assault. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biological Psychiatry, Philadelphia, PA, May 2012 and at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine, Chicago, IL, May 2012.
  5. McLean SA, Soward AC, Rotolo S, Rossi C, Whittington K, Rauch SAM, Jackson C, Zelman S, Foley K, Batts J, Liberzon I. New moderate or severe pain is common after sexual assault.  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biological Psychiatry, San Francisco, CA, 2011.
  6. Soward AC, Whittington K, Rossi C, Rotolo S, Wheeler R, Foley K, Batts J, Casto T, Collette R, Holbrook D, Goodman E, Harney K, Csontos E, Rauch SAM, Liberzon I, McLean SA. Moderate or severe pain is common six weeks after sexual assault. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Pain Society, Austin, TX, 2011 and the Annual Meeting of the SAEM, Boston, MA, 2011.
  7. Westphal W, Soward AC, Rossi C, Rotolo S, Heafner T, Foley K, Batts J, Casto T, Collette R, Holbrook D, Goodman E, Harney K, Csontos E, Rauch SAM, Liberzon I, McLean SA. Severe pain is common but rarely treated in the immediate aftermath of sexual assault. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Pain Society, Austin, TX, 2011.
  8. Orrey D, Soward A, Rotolo S, Rossi C, Roane BM, Csontos E, Casto T, Rauch SAM, Liberzon I, McLean SA. Psychological characteristics associated with pain severity in the early aftermath of sexual assault. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Pain Society, Baltimore, MD, 2010.
  9. Soward AC, Orrey DC, Rotolo S, Rossi C, Roane BM, Csontos E, Casto T, Wheeler B, Rauch S, Slade G, McLean SA. Incidence and distribution of pain symptoms after sexual assault. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Pain Society, Baltimore, MD, 2010.

Photos

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Medical student, Collyn Murray, received a young investigator travel award to present her results at the American Pain Society's Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA 2013

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Dr. Josh Knight, previously a coordinator for multiple industry sponsored trials, presents results at the American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting in Washington DC, 2012