Morgan Colwell

Morgan Colwell

Mentor

Dr. Henry Young

College

College of Medicine

Major

Health Science

Minor

Sociology

Organizations

Alpha Epsilon Delta

Academic Awards

University Scholars Program 2021

Volunteering

Crisis Text Line

Research Interests

Opioids, anxiety and related disorders, insurance

Hobbies and Interests

Hiking, Painting, Reading

Research Project

Assessing Willingness to Receive Opioid Alternatives

In my research, I aim to discover the extent to which insurance type (uninsured, Medicaid, Medicare, and private), health literacy level, and trauma affect the willingness of patients to try alternative treatment modalities for chronic back pain, dental pain, and/or headache pain. Through JMP Pro, a statistical analysis system, I will analyze survey results taken from the emergency department patients and the Gainesville community to determine if these variables are statistically significant barriers to realistic application of alternative treatments to opioids. This comprehensive survey asks age, sex, race, type of pain, insurance, health literacy, family history with opioids, and offers transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, physical therapy, acupuncture, trigger point injections, chiropractic, and topical medication as possible alternatives to opioids to manage pain. Overall, I hope to be able to determine if these variables statistically show coverage and education limitations in influencing willingness to receive alternatives to make predictions whether policy changes or procurement of alternatives will combat the opioid crisis.