Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"CPIP: VOICES and SBI Projects"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Full-Year 2014 - CPIP
Research area(s):
Cancer, prevention of suffering, end of life, physician-patient communication, family studies, prognosis communication
Project Description:
VOICES is an intervention study to improve physician-patient communication about prognosis for terminally ill cancer patients. Frequently, cancer patients do not understand their prognosis and may request treatment that has minimal chance to prolong life and that may decrease their quality of life.
Expected Student Contributions:
The CPIP intern will learn prognosis communication. She or he will learn the prognosis coding system, help train other undergraduates in using the system, and help manage the data is she or he has adequate computer skills. Our Second project, SBI , will also be coded for prognosis conversations. The CPIP intern will work with that data and develop a CPIP research project analyzing patients and physicians discuss prognosis.
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Desired Qualifications:
Social sciences and natural sciences students are welcome to apply.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 2 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Shield, Cleveland
Human Development and Family Studies

Student Supervisor

Lindsay Fuzzell, M.S
Graduate Student

Cooperating Faculty

Stewart Alexander
Consumer Sciences/HHS