Dr. Merchant awarded prestigious NIH R01 grant

August 12, 2014

Dr. R Clay Merchant and his research team have been awarded a prestigious R01 grant from the National Institute of Health for his project titled "Facilitating HIV/AIDS and HIV Testing Literacy for Emergency Department Patients."  The grant will investigate how to best deliver information about HIV/AIDS testing to ED patients.  Videos or pictorial brochures may be superior to written or orally-delivered information, however their efficacy in improving knowledge about HIV/AIDS testing is unknown.  Researchers, led by Dr. Merchant, will conduct a mult-site, randomized controlled trial to study whether testing by video or pictorial brochure is more effective over a 12 month period in raising knowledge of HIV/AIDS testing using valid measures of health literacy.