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Barrett, The Honors College Thesis/Creative Project Collection


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.


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2012 2018


The focus shift towards Silicon Valley and similar ecosystems in the past decade, the recent boom in startups and entrepreneurship, and the resurgence of venture capital funding is fueling rapid advancement of modern technologies, such as software, biotechnology, and renewable energy. One facet of the growing entrepreneurial landscape features healthcare technology—a field of research centered upon various technical advances in medicine, software, and hardware. Trends in healthcare technology commercialization represent a promising opportunity for disruption in the healthcare industry. The integration of rapidly iterating software with medical research, timed perfectly with the passage of the Affordable Care Act and the ...

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Patel, Nisarg, Yun, Kwanho, Wang, Xiao, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

The purpose of this research was to identify various problems within value analysis teams as well as provide solutions that will help to better align the agents involved in the value analysis process. As healthcare costs continue to rise, and hospital reimbursements fall, value analysis teams will play an even more pivotal role in the success of healthcare organizations. Also, the industry trend toward value-based care is highlighting the importance of these teams. However, interdisciplinary value analysis teams bring to light the underlying agency issue that exists between physicians and hospital administrators, and the general misalignment of values between the ...

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Lindgren, Thomas John, Schneller, Eugene, Choi, Thomas, et al.
Created Date
2017-05

This study looked into the cultural competency of physicians when interacting with patients who identify themselves as part of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. Through the course of this paper, it was found that the language barrier between these two communities played a large role in healthcare disparities for the D/HoH community. The language and culture barrier contributed to the misconceptions that are commonly found in the hearing world about the Deaf community, including assumptions about Deaf patients’ opinion on their hearing loss, the efficacy of yelling, and the notion that all Deaf people can lip read with ...

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Hernandez, Deborah Andrea, O'Brien, Robin, Howard, Pamela, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

As technology’s influence pushes every industry to change, healthcare professionals must move to a more connected model. The nearly ubiquitous presence of smartphones presents a unique opportunity for physicians to collect and process data from their patients more frequently. The Mayo Clinic, in partnership with the Barrett Honors College, has designed and developed a prototype smartphone application targeting palliative care patients. The application collects symptom data from the patients and presents it to the doctors. This development project serves as a proof-of-concept for the application, and shows how such an application might look and function. Additionally, the project has revealed ...

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Ganey, David Howard, Balasooriya, Janaka, Lipinski, Christopher, et al.
Created Date
2015-05

Short-term medical volunteer work via a nongovernmental organization is a popular tool for students in the health care field to gain experience, while further providing communities that normally lack health care options the opportunity to receive free care. One such organization, VIDA Volunteer Travel, has been successful in implementing this model in Central America. However, organizations of this form have not been evaluated for effectiveness or improvement. This exploratory study examines the effectiveness of VIDA based on six qualifying characteristics that make up a successful NGO. The researcher conducted in-depth, semi-structured interviews with 21 individuals, including VIDA staff members in ...

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Pearson, Presley Kyle, Yoshioka, Carlton, Wang, Lili, et al.
Created Date
2013-05

The purpose of this study was to create a screening tool specifically for the identification of sex trafficking victims in the medical setting through the analysis of existing human trafficking screening tool studies geared towards use in the medical setting. Screening questions from these studies were compiled and modified into a survey that was distributed to healthcare professionals through the nationwide HEAL (Health Professional Education, Advocacy, Linkage) Trafficking listserv. Each screening tool study demonstrated benefits and disadvantages that were helpful in the sampling and selection of screening tool questions. The small sample size and a lack of data on the ...

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Catano, Karen Samantha, Byun, Jiwon, Roe-Sepowitz, Dominique, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

The Community Action Research Experiences (CARE) Program collaborated with the WellCare Foundation (WCF) to assess the referral sources of the clinic in order to more effectively reach additional potential patients. Archival data were analyzed from a 19-month period from the medical records of patients. Also, data were collected from interviews with the case manager of agencies that were a known referral source of WCF. These case manager interviews were completed over a one-month period. For the archival data part of the project, data were collected from 117 patients. Four representatives from community agencies participated in phone interviews. The results indicated ...

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Ebbing, Brittany Gabrielle, Spinrad, Tracy, Dumka, Larry, et al.
Created Date
2013-05

This study uses an exploratory questionnaire to identify major barriers that Syrian refugees face when obtaining basic healthcare. To supplement questionnaire data, providers were also interviewed in order to understand whether identified barriers were internal, due to refugee perceptions, or external, due to gaps in the system that prevented refugees from obtaining healthcare. The study also proposes solutions to enhance health services in order to achieve health equity.

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Shah, Marzia, Haines, Chad, Saikia, Yasmin, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

Introduction: Health disparities for the Native American population in the United States have been well documented for years. Native Americans face many barriers to healthcare access, including low socioeconomic status, historical trauma, and lack of access to healthcare facilities. Barriers to healthcare and challenges associated with achieving optimal health among Native Americans contribute to health disparities within these populations. If these barriers are to be overcome, they must be understood and addressed. Purpose: The purpose of this review was to identify barriers to healthcare access for Native American populations as well as strategies to address barriers. Method: A preliminary scan ...

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Mohamed, Hebah, Mohamed, Hitham, Coplan, Bettie, et al.
Created Date
2017-12

Hospitals constitute 9 percent of commercial energy consumption in the U.S. annually, though they only make up 2 percent of the U.S. commercial floor space. Consuming an average of 259,000 Btu per square foot, U.S. hospitals spend about 8.3 billion dollars on energy every year. Utilizing collaborative delivery method for hospital construction can effectively save healthcare business owners thousands of dollars while reducing construction time and resulting in a better product: a building that has fewer operational deficiencies and requires less maintenance. Healthcare systems are integrated by nature, and are rich in technical complexity to meet the needs of their ...

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Hansen, Hannah Elizabeth, Parrish, Kristen, Bryan, Harvey, et al.
Created Date
2017-05