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Applied research is a systematic investigation into real-world issues. Through the practical application of scientific results, applied research can influence policy, practice, behavior, and the environment to improve the lives of individuals, communities, and populations. The pillars of applied research at St. Luke's are: population health, patient quality of life, and economic value.

Areas of Focus

  • Clinical and community integration
  • Total Health in the Emergency Department (ThED) program - helping connect emergency patients with primary care and community resources
  • Social determinants of health
  • Concussion
  • Suicide and behavioral health
  • Pediatrics complex care
  • Lifestyle medicine and community health
  • Obesity/bariatrics 

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 

Academic 

  • Boise State University 
  • Idaho State University

Community 

  • Several community partners throughout the Treasure Valley. 

Related Articles and Resources

  • 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.
  • 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.

Contact Us

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


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