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UNAamnestyLaVonne A. Downey

Health Services

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Political Science and Public Administration/
Associate Professor
ldowney@roosevelt.edu

Dr. Downey has authored or co-authored over 70 articles on a range of topics. Her research focus is on identifying and solving health care issues, ideology and effects of changes on standards of care, especially for underserved. She is a member of Editorial board of Southern Medical Journal, Journal of Hospital Administration,International Emergency Medicine, Dataset in Papers in Medicine,  and a reviewer for several medical  and public health journals.

Method of Teaching

Method of teaching is very interactive.  To focus students on becoming lifetime learners. In addition to creating skills that allows students to develop into leaders in their field.

Her recent publications include:

La Vonne A Downey, Leslie Zun, Trena Burke.  Comparison of Emergency Nurses Association Emergency Severity Triage and Australian Emergency Mental Health Triage Systems for the Evaluation of Psychiatric Patients.  Journal of Ambulatory Care Management. 2014 37: 1:11-18.

La Vonne A Downey, Leslie Zun, Trena Burke.  Are the Issues of Psychiatric Emergencies Covered in the Current Literature  Journal of American Association of Emergency Psychiatry.  Winter 2013: 12-16.  

La Vonne A Downey, Leslie Zun, Trena Burke, and Tangula Jefferson.  “Who Pays?  How Reimbursement Impacts the Emergency DepartmentJournal of Health and Human Services Administration.

La Vonne A Downey, Leslie Zun, Trena Burke Patients’, Nurses’ and Physicians’ Perception of Delays in Emergency Department Care” Journal of Hospital Administration, April 2013.

La Vonne A Downey, Leslie Zun, Trena Burke, and Tangula Jefferson Does Handgun Acccessibility Lead to Violence Related Injuries.  Southern Medical Journal. February 2013.  

La Vonne, Leslie Zun, Trena Burke. What Constitutes a Good Hand Offs In the Emergency Department- A Patients Perspective.  International Journal of Healthcare Quality Assurance. 

La Vonne, Leslie Zun, Trena Burke. Undiagnosed Mental Illness in the Emergency Department.   Journal of Emergency Medicine, Volume 43, Issue No. 5, Special Issue: Psychiatric EmergenciesNovember, 2012.  

La Vonne Downey and Leslie Zun“Use of Distraction and Pediatric Pain in the Emergency Department.  Pediatric Emergency Medicine.  2012.

Lifting the Fog-Conflict of Interest.  Southern Medical Journal October 2011.

The More You Know, What is the Impact of Research Education. Southern Medical Journal September 2011.

Undiagnosed Mental Illness in the Emergency Department The Journal of Emergency Medicine.  September  2011.

What are the indicators of Potential for Rupture for Ectopics seen in the Emergency Department? Journal of Trauma and Emergency medicine:  14:3July-September 2011.

Accuracy of Emergency Medical Information on the Web:  Update 2008. Western Medical Journal: August  2011.

The Issue of Noncompliance among Health Care Providers.  Southern Medical Journal. February 2011.

Pain Management and Customer Service in the Emergency Department.  Journal of Trauma and Emergency January 2011.

 

The Correlation Between Patient Comprehension of their Reason for Hospital Admission and Overall Patient Satisfaction in the Emergency Department Journal of National Medical Association. September 2010.

Differences in how psychiatric patients come Into the Emergency Department. Primary Psychology.  August 2010 17(8).

Rate of Use of Referrals in the Emergency Department. Journal of Health Management (JHM) Volume 12 Number 1 January –May 2010.

 

The Effects of Deep Breathing Training on Pain Management in the Emergency Department.  Southern Medical Journal July 2009 – Volume 102 – Issue 7 – pp 688-692:

How to Resolve the Conflict Within the Medicaid and Managed Care Marriage- Southern Medical Journal

Utilization of the Emergency Department By Psychiatric Patients.  General Psychiaty

What is the Impact of Free Drug Samples on Doctors? Southern Medical Journal

Assessing Adult Health Literacy in Urban Healthcare Settings. Journal of the National Medical Association

Frequency of Alternatives to Restraints and Seclusion and Uses of Agitation Reduction Techniques in the Emergency Department, General Hospital Psychiatry

Recent presentations

Canadian Versus Australian Triage Systems.  National Medical Association.  Toronto, Canada 2013.

 

Identifying Undiagnosed Pediatric Mental Illness in the Emergency Department.  Annual meeting of American College of Emergency Physicians.  October 2012.

Rehabilitation Transfers To an Emergency Department.  Annual meeting of the American College of Emergency Physicians. October 2012.

 

“Compliance of medications by patients presenting to the emergency department.  Midwest Society of Academic Emergency Medicine  2012

 

 MINI international neuropsychiatric interview for children 12-17. Midwest Society of Academic Emergency Medicine2012

 

“Comparison of ENA vs. Canadian Triage“Comparison of Standard Triage to Psychiatric Triage. Midwest Society of Academic Emergency Medicine 2012

Comparison of Standard Triage to Psychiatric Triage.  American Psychosomatic Association Conference.  November 2011.

Attitudes toward Taking Part in Clinical Trials.  National Medical Association Annual Conference July 2011.

Youth Acesss to Guns and Violence in the ED.  Society of Academic Emergency Medicine May  2011.

Physician Compliance with a Mandated Testing for Mentally Ill in the Emergency Department.  American Psychological Association. November 2010

Undiagnosed Mental Illness in the Emergency Department.  American Physilogy Conference.  October 2010.

Patient Handoff and Customer Service in the Emergency Department.  National Medical Association annual conference.  July 2010

Physician Compliance with Required Testing on Psychiatric Patients in the Emergency Department.  American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, May 2010

Is There a Difference in Transportation of Psychiatric Patients in the Emergency Department.  American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, May 2010.

Pain Management in the ED and Customer Service. National Medical Association Annual Conference. July 2009

Pain Management in the Emergency Department and Its Relationship
to Patient Satisfaction. Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians Annual Conference June 2009

What are the indicators of Potential for Rupture for Ectopics seen in
the Emergency Department? Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians Annual Conference June 2009

Deep Breathing and Pain Reduction in the Emergency Department Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians Annual Conference June 2009

Patients understanding of Reasons for Admit, 12th International Conference on Emergency Medicine, San Francisco, April 2008

Assessing Health Literacy of Patients in an Urban Health Setting, 12th International Conference on Emergency Medicine, San Francisco, April 2008

Over Utilization of the ED by Psychiatric Patients at the International Psychiatric Organization, April 2008 Nice, France