Coretta Jenerette, PhD, RN, CNE, received an R13 conference grant funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. The grant will be put towards improving the health of individuals and their families living with sickle cell disease (SCD) in North Carolina.
Dr. Coretta Jenerette received word that her grant was funded by the University Research Council. Jenerette’s project is titled Using Actigraphy to Explore Relationships between Sleep and Pain in Young Adults with Sickle Cell Disease.
Presently, little is known about sleep patterns in young adults with sickle cell disease (SCD), a patient population that often has chronic pain and severe, life-threatening bouts of acute pain. Among patients with SCD, acute illness encounters and re-hospitalizations are highest among young adults age 18-30 years. The aim of this pilot-feasibility study is to obtain preliminary data to describe the relationships between sleep and pain intensity in a sample of young adults with SCD. Interactive voice response and wrist actigraphs will be used to collect study data. Dr. Barbara Carlson will serve as a consultant on the grant.