11JB – Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic among metastatic cancer survivors

Status: Filled – Thomas Kirby
Intern: Thomas Kirby
Faculty Name: jennifer-bail
Primary Faculty Appointment: UAB
UAB/HA Department: UAH College of Nursing / UAB O’Neal CCC
Campus Address: UAH College of Nursing, NUR 419, 301 Sparkman Drive, Huntsville AL 35899
Telephone Number: (256) 777-5853
Email: jennifer.bail@uah.edu or Click to Send E-Mail
For how many summers have you served as a preceptor: 2
CCC Research Area: Cancer Control & Population Science
Number of hours per week that the preceptor will personally supervise or work with the intern: 10
Other faculty, staff, or graduate students who may help to supervise the intern:
Title of Project: 11JB – Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic among metastatic cancer survivors
Project Description:

The aim of this project is to conduct a mailed survey to assess experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g., exposure, risk factors, testing, isolation, hospitalization, loss of family or friends); COVID-19 specific psychological distress (e.g., fear, anxiety and depressive symptoms); health, financial and social disruptions; perceived benefits and social support; and health related quality of life in a convenience sample of metastatic cancer survivors (n=100)

Project Status: Already up and running
Location of Project: Huntsville, AL (HudsonAlpha)
Proposed Start Date: May 3, 2021
Proposed End Date: August 27, 2021
Expected work schedule for intern: Flexible, intern can largely set his or her own schedule (as for students who are instructed how to proceed and are permitted to work independently with weekly guidance) and should contribute full-time effort.
Number of days that the student will be expected to come physically to UAB:
1 day or a few days as needed
Category of Project: Community-Based or Field Research
Cancer topic: Palliative Care, Survivorship, Multiple Cancer Sites, COVID-19
Does this project involve human subjects: Yes
Does this project involve animal subjects: No

Conduct Mailed Survey: A mailed survey approach will be employed. A pre-notice letter will be sent to metastatic cancer survivors (MCS) informing them of the survey. This letter will be followed 5 days later by a mailed paper survey. A reminder postcard will be sent 1 week later. Three weeks after this, a replacement survey will be sent to those who have not yet returned a survey requesting them to respond. Participants will return surveys via mail using a provided pre-addressed and stamped return envelope.


Data Entry: Survey responses will be entered electronically.


Write Manuscript Draft: A first draft of a manuscript will developed for publication

Preceptor will provide intern with access to the following: Supplies needed to complete project
Likelihood that intern will be included as an author on one or more publications related to this summer research project: Very likely
Areas in which the ideal candidates will have experience: NONE OF THE ABOVE (just the willingness to learn)