Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"The impact of patient self-management interventions on health and healthcare outcomes."

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Spring 2015 - DURI
Research area(s):
healthcare, health communication, meta-analysis, statistics
Project Description:
There is a significant and growing body of extant research documenting health-related interventions designed to improve patient self-management of healthcare needs, especially in the context of chronic disease (diabetes, heart disease, etc.). We are working on a large-scale meta-analysis of these types of interventions to identify factors associated with the effectiveness of such interventions across a variety of health issues and chronic conditions. Interventions to improve self-management vary widely in content (education programs, individualized counseling, etc.) and format (online, face-to-face, group, etc.), such that there is no clear consensus about what types of interventions best improve patient self-management with different chronic conditions.
Expected Student Contributions:
Students interested in working on this project will have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty on the testing of key hypotheses and research questions underlying the project, but will also identify and test their own research questions as a part of their DURI project. Activities will include extracting effect size estimates from published studies, classifying interventions based on they types of activities they included, etc, and learning about meta-analytic approaches to research.
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Desired Qualifications:
Qualified students will have a strong interest in applied statistics and have a record of undergraduate coursework in statistics. Students majoring in statistics, actuarial science, psychology, communication, health sciences, or related fields are encouraged to apply.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 3 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Collins, William

Student Supervisor

William Collins
Clin. Associate Profesor

Cooperating Faculty

Steve Witz
Health and Human Sciences, RCHE