Qualitative Endocarditis Study

Dr. Robin Pollini and Dr. Mark Haut, WVU Department of Behavioral Medicine

People who use injection drugs are at a higher risk of developing bacterial infections that can travel to the heart leading to endocarditis. Dr. Pollini is conducting interviews with individuals with endocarditis to determine the factors leading them to leave the hospital against medical advice. In addition, the study will help to determine strategies to transition patients into treatment following endocarditis treatment.