Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Physician Adoption of Practice Innovations"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2011 - DURI
Research area(s):
physician behavior, decision-making, healthcare delivery
Project Description:
In collaboration with the American College of Physicians, the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering is conducting research to better understand physician decision-making and behavior as they pertain to the adoption of innovations in their practices. Through interviews and survey methods, we hope to better identify and model individual and practice characteristics associated with innovation adoption across a range of areas (e.g., implementing new information systems, changing processes for managing chronic disease patients, etc.). This research will help us develop better ways of promoting the adoption of best practices in the management of their patient populations.
Expected Student Contributions:
The intern for this project will help with identification of relevant academic research on physician decision-making, participate in physician interview protocols, work on administration of online survey data collection, and otherwise assist in the research project over the course of the semester. The intern will be expected to participate in opportunities to develop presentations and share results through poster-presentations or other venues across campus.
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Desired Qualifications:
Strong written and oral communication skills. Comfortable working with technology such as spreadsheet programs. Some coursework related to research methodologies, qualitative (e.g., interviewing) or quantitative (e.g., statistics) would be helpful.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?

Professor in Charge

Collins, William (Bart)
Communication, Liberal Arts

Student Supervisor

William Collins
Clinical Associate Professor, RCHE Faculty Scholar

Cooperating Faculty

Lingsong Zhang
Statistics, College of Science