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Improving Outcomes for Chronic Kidney Disease in Southeastern, North Carolina



Project Objectives

People in Southeastern, North Carolina, particularly Robeson County, experience some of the highest rates of kidney failure in the entire country. This county has the highest proportion of American Indians (the Lumbees) in the state which form an important demographic that we will be studying. We are seeking to understand why this population experiences such poor outcomes related to chronic kidney disease, and we will explore important potentially modifiable factors such as sub-optimal medical care, poor self-care behaviors, low self-efficacy and health literacy, poor provider and/or patient recognition, and other factors like economic stress and neighborhood cohesion.

Project Opportunities

Project Activities: The students will be integral members of the research team and will learn the process of clinical research. Activities will include but not be limited to participant recruitment, enrollment, and interviewing, data collection, data management, data analysis, and organization of focus group discussions.
Specifically, under the supervision of the research team, students may be responsible for:
• Recruiting participants by contacting eligible persons on the phone and in-person
• Completing the informed consent process with participants
• Administration of survey tools and subsequent data entry into the online database
• Note taking and transcribing the transcripts from the focus group discussions
• Reviewing medical charts for retrospective data collection.

Please note that this team works with a Bass Connections in Global Health team led by Dr. Stanifer and Dr. Cherry Beasley.

Project Application Process

1. Choose a project location that interests you
2. Complete the 2016-2017 application
3. Send a CV and a copy of your most recent transcript to gh-education@duke.edu
4. Deadline: October 24, 2016

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