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Our Research

The Fluchel Group research focuses on assessing the impact of geography on the morbidity, mortality, and the burden of care in pediatric oncology patients with the goal of developing methods to better serve patients from rural, immigrant, and underserved communities. He is currently a Pediatric Clinical Translational (PCAT) Scholar and was recently awarded a Translational Comparative Effiectivess Research (T-CER) NIH Institutional Career Enhancement Award for his research into cancer outcome disparities. His research is also supported by a Hyundai Hope on Wheels Childhood Cancer Research Grant.

Fluchel’s research also includes studies designed to help physicians better understand the histiocytic disorders of Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH) and Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH). His study utilizing the Utah Population Database to identify familial associations in LCH is funded by a grant from the Histiocytosis Association of America.

Examples of Current Studies

The Burden of Care in Pediatric Histiocytic Disorders
(Including Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis and Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis)

The purpose of this research study is to assess the factors that contribute to the burden that treatment for histiocytosis (LCH/HLH) places on childhood patients and their families.  We are interested in measuring how distance from the hospital may impact this burden.

Understanding Immune Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) from the Patient and Family Perspective
The purpose of this research study is to assess the factors that contribute to the burden that treatment for Immune Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) places on childhood patients and their families.  We are interesting in measuring how distance from the hospital may impact this burden.

The Use of Tablet Computers to Improve Care Delivery to Pediatric Oncology Patients
The purpose of this research study is to determine the feasibility of the use of tablet computers to improve the delivery of care to childhood cancer patients through a 6 month long pilot study.