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The Applied Research division at St. Luke's conducts innovative research to improve patient quality of life, support population health, and deliver economic value. Applied research focuses on real-world issues to address practice, policy, behavior, and the environment. 

Areas of Focus

Publications and Presentations to Date

  • Swann-Thomsen, H.E., Lindsay, R., Rourk, S., Hofacer, R., & Nguyen, E., (2022). National Survey Data to Evaluate Case Management Services: A Systematic Review on Care Coordination Using the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs. Prof Case Manag., 27(3), 124-140.
  • Flood, M, Swann-Thomsen, HE. (2022). Exploring hand hygiene expectations for NICU nursing staff. RN Ida., 45(2), 5-6.
  • Radin, A.K. (February 23, 2022). The SPARC Trial & Suicide Prevention in Youth and Young Adults. Panel presentation at: Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute Congressional Briefing, Washington, DC (virtual).
  • Radin, A.K., Shaw, J., et al. (August 3, 2022). Comparative Effectiveness of Two Versions of the Caring Contacts Intervention in Healthcare Providers, Staff, and Patients. Oral presentation at: 25th National Institute of Mental Health Conference on Mental Health Services Research (MHSR). Virtual.
  • Swann-Thomsen, H.E., Vineyard, J., Hanks, J., Hofacer, R., Sitts, C., Flint, H., & Tivis, R., (2021). Pediatric care coordination risk tiering: Moving beyond claims data. Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, 14(3), 485-493.
  • Radin, A.K., Torres, J., et al. (November 18, 2021). Meaningful Collaboration: Engaging People with Lived Experience with Suicide (PLES) and the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline in the SPARC Suicide Prevention Trial. Poster presented at: Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute Annual Meeting, Washington, DC (virtual).
  • Radin, A.K. (2020). Suicide Prevention Among Recipients of Care in Emergency Departments and Primary Care Clinics. Oral presentation at: Men’s Health Network Annual Meeting, Washington, DC (virtual).
  • Bolter, N. D., Gao, Y., Conger, S. A., Spear, C. E., Radin, A. K., & Flint, H. (2019). Parents’ knowledge, attitudes and behaviours related to children’s beverage consumption in youth soccer: A qualitative analysis. Health Education Journal. 
  • Nilsson, Kurt (Jan 2019). Analyzing the Effects of Repetitive Impacts to the Head Utilizing Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI). Presentation at the Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine Society (PRISM) 6th Annual Meeting.
  • Bergerson, S., Flint, H., & Hansen Z. (2018). Economic Evaluation of Concussion Programs in the State of Idaho: The Collective Potential of Prevention and Clinical Care. Population Health Management
  • Lucas, S., Jones Petranek, L., Nilsson, K., Flint, H., Pardue, K. (November, 2018).  Parents as Advocators and Navigators:  Perspectives Concerning Youth Sport Athletes with Post-Concussion Syndrome – Preliminary Findings.  Presented at the 94th Annual Conference of Western Society for Physical Education of College Women, Pacific Grove, CA.
  • Nilsson, K. J., Flint, H., Reis, J., & Pardue, K. (2017). St. Luke’s virtual concussion clinic: A unique structure to provide comprehensive care for patients. Sports Journal.
  • Nilsson, K. J., Flint, H., Kendrick, L., Gao, Y., Cutchin, S., Pentecost, R., & Pardue, K. (2019). Repetitive Head Impacts in Youth Football: Description and Relationship to White Matter Structure. Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine, 7(3).
  • Vineyard, J., Hanks, J. Sitts, C. Flint, H., & Tivis, R. (November, 2018). St. Luke’s Children’s Pediatric Care Coordination Acuity Tool. Presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics, Orlando, FL.
  • Vineyard, J., Hanks, J. Sitts, C. Flint, H., & Tivis, R. (November, 2018). St. Luke’s Children’s Pediatric Care Coordination Acuity Tool. Presented at the Complex Pediatric Care Association, Portland, OR.
  • Vineyard, J., Hanks, J. Sitts, C., Flint, H., & Tivis, R. (March, 2018). St. Luke’s Children’s Pediatric Care Coordination Acuity Tool. Presented at the Children’s Hospital Association Quality and Safety Conference. San Diego, CA.
  • Bohecker, L., Hanks, J., Sitts, C., Flint, H., & Tivis, R. (November, 2016). The Big Exhale: A Cohesive Model of Pediatric Care Coordination. Presented at the Children’s Hospital Association Quality and Safety Conference. New Orleans, LA.

Investigators and Partners

  • Applied Research Medical Director

    • St. Luke's Investigators and Partners

      • St. Luke's Sports Medicine Concussion Clinic
      • Behavioral health service line
      • Lifestyle medicine department
      • Community health department
      • St. Luke’s Children’s
      • St. Luke’s emergency department/Emergency Medicine of Idaho
      • Social work department
      • St. Luke's Clinic – Bariatrics and General Surgery
      • Medical imaging
      • Lab services

  • External Investigators and Partners

      • Children’s Hospital Colorado


      • Boise State University
      • Columbia University
      • Idaho State University
      • University of Colorado School of Medicine
      • University of Idaho
      • University of Pennsylvania
      • University of Washington

  • Community

    • Several community partners throughout the Treasure Valley including:

      • Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline
      • Empower Idaho
      • Jannus, Inc.
      • Idaho Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health

Contact Us

For more information, or if you’re interested in partnering or participating in applied research at St. Luke’s, please email or call our applied research manager at (208) 381-8934.

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Questions? Call (208) 381-5355.