Kristen Matteson's main research focus is heavy uterine bleeding. Although the technical medical definitions of heavy bleeding, "menorrhagia" and "menometorrhagia" are often used for research in this area, the majority of women complaining of heavy or irregular bleeding do not meet the clinical criteria for menorrhagia and menometorrhagia. Given this discordance between patient experience and clinical measures, standardized outcome measures for patient experience with heavy uterine bleeding are needed. Dr. Matteson is currently working to develop such measures. Subsequently, she will design clinical research comparing these outcomes, in addition to clinical measures, for medical treatments of these diverse disorders.
Dr. Matteson is also researching the utilization of a women's emergency facility for medical attention for non-emergent medical problems. Given the increasing volume of patients being seen in emergency rooms, this study will help to identify factors that lead women to seek non-urgent care in an urgent care setting. This pilot study also aims to lay the foundation of future studies investigating the use of emergency facilities for gynecologic and obstetric problems and defining levels of urgency for such facilities.
As a mentor and preceptor of resident research, Kristen Matteson is involved with projects assessing guidelines and protocols for treatment in obstetrics and gynecology. She is the co-investigator and mentor for a resident research project that is evaluating whether or not obstetric providers are following the Centers for Disease Control recommendation for Group B Streptococcal prophylaxis in penicillin allergic patients. Additionally, she is working with another resident on assessing the implementation of a protocol for the utilization of misoprostol for nonviable intrauterine first trimester pregnancies.