Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Patient Sexual Orientation Disclosure to Medical Providers"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2013 - DURI
Research area(s):
LBGT issues, disclosure, health, provider-patient interaction, community-based participatory research, public health, communication, family studies
Project Description:
This community-based participatory research project is partnered with the Indiana Minority Health Coalition in order to assist members of the lesbian gay bisexual and transexual (LGBT) communities to share their sexual orientation with health care providers. This project is in its initial stages of meeting with community stakeholders (members of the LGBT community and medical providers) to best determine barriers to disclosure (sharing) of sexual orientation in the medical interaction. This obstacle of difficulty/hesitation of disclosure of sexual orientation acts as a barrier for individuals to receive quality and potentially appropriate medical care. This multi-stage project will include focus groups, survey design and implementation, patient training, and eventually provider training (although this final step is unlikely to be addressed this calendar year).
Expected Student Contributions:
This opportunity is designed for someone who wants to be a part of a community-based research project (CBPR) and is interested in improving health outcomes among minority populations. We envision that the intern will contribute to the research group through literature searches and reviews, participating/being present for team meetings (monthly phone calls), assisting with focus group organization, logistics, and preparation, transcription of focus group meetings, survey design, data entry. As the project develops, additional research opportunities may become available.
Related Website(s):
Indiana Minority Health Coalition Dr. Maria Venetis Dr. Cleveland Shields
Desired Qualifications:
GPA of 3.0, Human Subjects Certified
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 2 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Venetis, Maria

Student Supervisor

Maria Venetis
Assistant Professor

Cooperating Faculty

Cleveland Shields
Human Development and Family Studies