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IRB No. 17-155-3 (Dr. Adam Lindsay, PI): Fundamentals of Orthopaedic Surgery (FORS) & Fundamentals of Arthroscopic Techniques (FAST) Surgical Simulators
The purpose of this research study is to evaluate two surgical simulators as a way of assessing and improving surgical skills. The simulators are composed of materials founds at hardware stores such as PVC pipes, pipe insulation, foam bricks and wood blocks. Participants will be asked to perform different surgical skills such as suturing, drilling and/or arthroscopy using one or both of the simulators while being observed. Participation involves multiple 20-30 minute testing sessions to evaluate surgical skills over time. The following individuals are invited to participate in this study: • All UConn Medical Students • All UConn Medical Residents • All UConn Medical Fellows • Attending Physicians that perform more than 5 orthopaedic surgery/arthroscopic operations per month
IRB No. 19-036-1 (Dr. Jun Lu, PI): Rheumatology-Dermatology Combined Clinic Patient Registry
The Rheumatology-Dermatology Combined Clinic Patient Registry is a prospective registry that collects patient data within the UConn Department of Dermatology combined clinic for patients being treated for both rheumatologic and dermatologic conditions. Both dermatologists and rheumatologists participate in care for patients suffering from connective tissue disease with both cutaneous and rheumatological manifestations. By establishing combined rheumatology-dermatology clinic, patients will receive collaborative care from both specialties in the same visit. The combined multidisciplinary clinic offers the opportunity for improving care quality, patient satisfaction, and continued education and professional development for physicians. The protocol includes patients over the age of 18 that are being treated in the UConn combined rheumatology-dermatology clinic. This registry will gather data over a 10 year period for future research regarding improving patient care, diagnosis, treatment and long term outcomes for this subspecialty clinic.
IRB No. 23-052-1 (Dr. Mark Litt, PI): Mobile Application Treatment for TMD: Feasibility Trial
This is a proposal for an administrative supplement to the parent study, “Individualized Assessment and Treatment Program for TMD: Coping as a Mechanism” (U01 DE028520). The parent study is currently engaged in exploring the extent to which the training of coping skills per se is an important mechanism of psychosocial treatment. The current project seeks to lay the groundwork for expanding the range of treatment mechanisms examined to include therapeutic relationship factors (therapist support, empathy, acknowledgment). Psychosocial treatments have been effective for temporomandibular disorders (TMD), but the mechanisms of action for these treatments are unclear. Most studies of psychosocial treatment, including the parent U01, have focused on relatively specific psychosocial mechanisms, including coping skills acquisition, pain management self-efficacy, decrease in catastrophizing, increased mindfulness, acceptance, and readiness to change behavior to ameliorate pain. The 2 therapist-delivered treatments in the parent study are packaged CBT or Individualized Assessment and Treatment (IATP). Left untested in this study are common therapeutic factors that often emerge as influential in pain outcome research. These common, non-specific therapeutic factors include (especially): the therapeutic alliance; interpretation and understanding; emotional expression; reinforcement; information; and reassurance and support. Because both conditions of the parent U01 involve similar levels of therapist involvement, therapist support and other treatment-non-specific variables cannot be tested clearly. One way to assess these factors is to introduce a pain treatment that explicitly does not contain these factors; i.e., a treatment that does not employ therapists or require supervision by health care professionals. There are currently no studies published in which therapist-led treatments have been compared to a mobile application-based treatment. We therefore propose to pilot test a mobile application treatment condition (painTrainer©) added as an additional treatment condition to the parent study, and provided to 20 patients in the coming year. This condition will deliver the content of the CBT condition of the parent study, but will do so with no therapist contact. If this mobile application is found credible and acceptable it may be used in additional comparisons with treatments conducted by therapists. Thus at some point we will be able to parse the effects of cognitive-behavioral treatment content per se and therapist support factors. An additional benefit of testing such a mobile application is that it might in the future provide a means to expand the reach of pain management professionals to remote and underserved populations.