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Barrett, The Honors College Thesis/Creative Project Collection


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2014 2018

Advancements in science and technology, particularly in the field of genome editing, hold significant potential to change how future generations will treat disease and may fundamentally change what it means to be human. There are concerns by scientists and non-scientists about how to explore the values and perceptions of the public regarding the implications of new technologies. Use of participatory Technology Assessment (pTA) has arisen as a type of interactive group discussion to disseminate information about technology and collect non-scientists’ perceptions of the value, impact or usefulness of a technology and potential ethical issues or consequences to be considered. There ...

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Chapin, Natalie Ann, Brian, Jennifer, Bennett, Ira, et al.
Created Date
2016-12

My thesis project, “An Ethical Evaluation of the Practice of Psychiatric Patient Boarding in the Emergency Department” sets out to address a relatively nameless problem in the healthcare system in the United States. This problem is the boarding of psychiatric patients in emergency departments nationwide. What is psychiatric patient boarding? This term refers to the increasingly common practice of care provided to psychiatric patients upon arrival at an emergency department. When inpatient psychiatric beds or services are not available, “boarding” is performed by simply storing mentally ill patients in hallways or other emergency room areas while they wait for the ...

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Chun, Tristan Eric, Brian, Jennifer, Foy, Joseph, et al.
Created Date
2017-05

This project will explain the positive impact and effectiveness of Sarbanes-Oxley on corporate responsibility, and through that lens, examine how to make certain subchapters of Title 42, “the Sunshine Act”, concerning healthcare fund tracking more transparent and without conflicts of interest. There will be an analysis of the implementation of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in corporate America and the impact it had on corporate responsibility. There will be a comprehensive review of the history of both the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Sunshine Act, along with their origins, stakeholders, and impact on their respective industries. Suggestions to improve certain current United States ...

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Rogers, Anne Marie, Brian, Jennifer, Agne, Sara, et al.
Created Date
2017-05

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong neurodevelopmental disorder that is becoming increasingly common. Autism does not yet have a known etiology, nor a definitive diagnostic test, thus making diagnosis a difficult and rarely uniform task. Currently, ASD is behaviorally diagnosed based on criteria defined by the American Psychiatric Association in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Recently, a change was made in the criteria from more lenient criteria in DSM-IV-TR, to more narrow criteria laid out by the DSM-V, which supersedes the DSM-IV-TR. This drastic change raised many questions and debates about which set of criteria ...

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Bremer, Michelle Nichole, Hurlbut, Ben, Robert, Jason, et al.
Created Date
2016-12

A fundamental component of Transhumanism, radical life extension is the process of utilizing ever increasing technologies to further extend the average life span of humans. This iterative process has continued to increase in speed since the digital age. As society develops a larger knowledge base, and scientific fields combine their knowledge bases, the capability of medical professionals continues to increase at an exponential rate. Through an understanding of these technological trends the social, legal, logistical and economic implications can be better understood. Scenarios can be used to better categorize these implications based on the evolution of these technologies. By considering ...

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Lightholder, Jack Anthony, Braden, Allenby, Brian, Jennifer, et al.
Created Date
2015-05

Physician-assisted suicide occurs when a physician facilitates a patient's death by prescribing a lethal medication that they understand will be used for the purpose of ending the patient's life. It is a highly contentious subject and, with the recent addition of California to the list of states that allow physician-assisted suicide, is an increasingly relevant subject. Physician-assisted suicide is rarely framed as a healthcare experience, despite being a choice in the process of end-of-life care. The research seeks to bring together the debates about physician-assisted suicide with conversations about health care experiences. The experiences and perspectives of young people are ...

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Moeur, Katherine Elizabeth, Brian, Jennifer, Graff, Sarah, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

Treating a minor diagnosed with cancer is a difficult situation. However, cases in which doctors and the patient’s family disagree about the proper course of treatment present complex scenarios when it comes to patient care. The forced treatment of Cassandra Callender came as a result of challenging interactions between the patient, the medical establishment, and the state. While the Connecticut Supreme Court mainly considered Cassandra’s maturity and her mother’s actions when deciding this case, there were more factors contributing to Cassandra’s quality of care than her ability to make decisions. An evaluation of these factors demonstrates important implications for ensuring ...

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Stoffer, Sidney Rae, Brian, Jennifer, Cook-Deegan, Robert, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

While the transition from sectarian to allopathic medicine was almost entirely beneficial due to our perceived value in the type of evidence and transparency that science provides, key values within sectarian practice were lost in this transition. Attention to these values helps us better understand the role and treatment of patients in modern medicine. Modern scientific physicians have proven the inefficacy of sectarian treatments by scientific practices, but the efficacy of exact sectarian remedies may not have bearing on the importance of sectarian values. These values were: medical simplicity, harmlessness in treatment, independence from physicians and accessibility of treatment. A ...

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Ayala, Erik Richard, Brian, Jennifer, Ross, Christian, et al.
Created Date
2017-05

With advances in biotechnology, personalized medicine has become an ever-expanding field. Even with so much growth, the critics equally match the proponents of personalized medicine. The source of their disagreement is rooted in the concept of empowerment. This analysis utilizes the personal genomics company 23andMe and their relationship with the Federal Food and Drug Administration to illustrate varying views of empowerment. Specifically, the case study focuses on the ability to provide direct-to-consumer health reports to patients independent of physicians. In doing this, larger issues of what is at stake in personalized medicine are uncovered. These include but are not limited ...

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Silverman, Adam Mattern, Brian, Jennifer, Hurlbut, Ben, et al.
Created Date
2015-05

Death with Dignity is a concept that initially began as a set of philosophical and ethical principles that sought to define what it meant to die a “good” death that was reasonable to the person experiencing the dying process. This dying process is terminal illness, or any condition that cannot be cured and who’s ultimate prognosis is death. Today, Death with Dignity still embodies this, but it is also a set of legal and medical treatments and practices that can be used to aid terminal patients in accomplishing a “good” death. The Death with Dignity treatment options that are chiefly ...

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Cohan, Hailey Elizabeth, Brian, Jennifer, Piemonte, Nicole, et al.
Created Date
2017-05

Barrett, the Honors College accepts high performing, academically engaged students and works with them in collaboration with all of the other academic units at Arizona State University. All Barrett students complete a thesis or creative project, supervised and defended in front of a faculty committee. The thesis or creative project allows students to explore an intellectual interest and produce an original piece of scholarly research. The thesis or creative project is a student’s opportunity to explore areas of academic interest with greater intensity than is possible in a single course. It is also an opportunity to engage with professors, nationally recognized in their fields and specifically interested and committed to working with honors students. This work provides tangible evidence of a student’s research, writing and creative skills to graduate schools and/or prospective employers.