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Kristen A. Matteson Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Brown Affiliations

Research Areas

research overview

Kristen Matteson performs clinical research in obstetrics and gynecology. Currently focused on the common problem of abnormal menstruation, Dr. Matteson is looking to evaluate its medical treatment and its impact on the lives of women. Other areas of research include women's utilization of emergency services and assessment of treatment protocols in obstetrics and gynecology (such as Group B Streptococcus prophylaxis and the use of misoprostol for nonviable first trimester pregnancies).

research statement

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.

funded research

Institutional Career Development Programs:
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), T32 HD 040673-03, Women and Infants Hospital (WIH)/Brown Epidemiology/Clinical Trial Training Program. July 2004-December 2005

NICHD, K12 Women's Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) Career Development Program. January 2006-present