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Lorraine Adams - Health Literacy from a Patient's Perspective

lorraine-adamsLorraine Adams was awarded the Watkins Undergraduate Research Scholarship through the University of Montana Davidson Honors College for the spring semester of 2014. Using qualitative interviews, Lorraine is examining health literacy from a patient’s perspective.

The project is funded by a new Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) project on rural discharge planning. Health literacy is the ability to seek, understand, and use health information in order to maintain good health. Lorraine plans to utilize interview data with 10 participants to examine trends in health literacy and the role health literacy plays in discharge planning and transition back to rural community living.

Lorraine, originally from Livingston, MT is a junior in psychology, and has had a personal interest in rural health since high school when she herself suffered a serious injury.

Cathy Berendts - Pain Interference Patterns project

cathy-berendtsCathy Berendts was awarded the Watkins Undergraduate Research Scholarship through the University of Montana Davidson Honors College for spring semester of 2014. Cathy is examining data from the Pain Interference Patterns project collected by a UM Rural Institute ( research team and funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, (NIDRR; H133G110077).

The research is focused on learning how pain intensity and environmental barriers interact to produce different levels of participation among people with disabilities. Specifically, Cathy is using a correlational analysis to describe the relationship between environmental barriers (such as weather, light, accessibility, transportation, etc.) and pain catastrophizing (one’s thoughts about their pain intensity).

Cathy, originally from Clyde Park, MT is a senior in psychology, and plans to ultimately pursue a career in occupational therapy. Through better understanding of environmental interactions and pain, she hopes to inform interventions, policy, and services that can improve community participation and quality of life for people with disabilities.

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