Rising Research


Name: Kristin Rising, MD, MSHP
Position: Associate Professor

1025 Walnut Street
Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Dr. Rising is a clinician investigator with a primary research interest in improving the quality and capacity of the US acute care delivery system to best serve individual patient needs. She completed medical school at the University of California San Francisco (2008), emergency medicine residency training at Boston Medical Center (2012), and received a Masters of Science in Health Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania (2014). Dr. Rising is currently an Professor and the Director of Acute Care Transitions in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University. Her work over the past few years has focused on exploring factors associated with Emergency Department revisits in an effort to identify systemic factors contributing to patient struggles in managing their health in the outpatient setting. Her current funding includes the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and the Emergency Medicine Foundation.

Research Projects

Concept Mapping as a Scalable Means of Identifying Patient-Important Outcomes

This is a 3-year study (1/1/16-12/31/18) funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The goal of this study is to improve the methods with which researchers identify patient centered outcomes for use in research. Specifically, we are testing the application of concept mapping as compared to one-on-one interviews as a comprehensive and efficient method of identifying patient-important outcomes for use in research.

Patient Centered Transition Planning Following Discharge from the Emergency Department

This work is funded by the Emergency Medicine Foundation. The overall goal is to develop a patient-centered approach to transitional care planning upon discharge from the emergency department. Our initial qualitative work within this project identified patient fear and symptom uncertainty as primary drivers of patient decisions to seek ED care, and also as primary unmet needs at the time of ED discharge. Subsequent work is focused on developing approaches to reduce fear and uncertainty both at the time of ED discharge as well as in the days following discharge. With this work, we aim to improve patient transitions home from the emergency department and subsequently reduce the rate of recurrent emergency department and inpatient hospital utilization.