• Schermer, Carol R, (PI)

Project: Research project


Trauma is the leading cause of death in people ages 5 to 35. Alcohol is involved in up to 50% of injuries requiring hospital admission and in up to 50% of fatal motor vehicle crashes. Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol is one of the most preventable health problems in the United States, yet trauma centers that routinely care for injured intoxicated drivers rarely have formal alcohol intervention programs. Alcohol use and trauma both contribute significantly to the utilization of health care resources in the US. A significant number of trauma patients are recidivists both in regard to injury and driving under the influence of alcohol. The proposed plan of this project is to perform a controlled randomized trial of a brief alcohol intervention on intoxicated injured drivers and passengers of motor vehicle crashes to see if overall alcohol consumption, DUI and injury recidivism can be decreased. The overall goal of this application is to help the candidate, Carol R. Schermer, M.D., a practicing academic trauma surgeon, develop into an independent clinical investigator over the grant award period. Under the mentorship of William R. Miller Ph.D. and W. Gill Woodall, Ph.D. a career development plan has been formulated to achieve that goal. The career development plan includes obtaining a Masters in Public Health degree, advanced courses in statistics and research methodology, formal training in alcoholism and in the ethics of human research. The career development plan is designed to prepare Carol R. Schermer to independently perform alcohol prevention and outcomes research in the trauma setting.
Effective start/end date7/1/006/30/06


  • National Institutes of Health: $118,742.00
  • National Institutes of Health: $150,163.00
  • National Institutes of Health: $140,718.00
  • National Institutes of Health: $142,055.00
  • National Institutes of Health: $143,432.00


Wounds and Injuries
Motor Vehicles
Research Ethics
Driving Under the Influence
Organized Financing
Health Resources
Trauma Centers
Alcohol Drinking
Cause of Death
Research Design
Randomized Controlled Trials
Public Health
Research Personnel
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)


  • Medicine(all)