About the Study

Phase I began in the summer of 2017.

We are now in Phase II of the P.E.W.P. Study! We closed data collection on January 6, 2020. Stay tuned for Phase II results!

We are interested in understanding issues that impact people with ostomies. We are gathering data on perceptions, experiences and obstacles that people with an ostomy face in their everyday lives. We examine perceptions of medical provider communication, and patient education upon receiving the pouch.  Long-term goals for this project are possible changes to hospital processes and discharge procedures at hospitals in an effort to provide optimal care for new ostomates.

About the Researchers

Doctoral candidate: Leslie Riggle Miller is a current doctoral candidate at the University of Oklahoma (OU) in Norman, Oklahoma in the Department of Sociology. Leslie completed her Master’s degree in sociology at OU, and examined doctor-patient communication in order to understand what specific patient and physician characteristics influenced the medical encounter. Leslie is specializing in medical sociology and environmental sociology.

Principal Investigator at the University of Oklahoma: Dr. B. Mitchell Peck. Mitch’s research focuses on inequality with a particular focus on how interactions between individuals and institutions create and maintain inequalities. Most of his work focuses on the doctor-patient encounter and the processes in that relationship that create and maintain health inequalities. In addition, he has examined the role of race in the juvenile justice system. He teaches several undergraduate and graduate courses in statistics and research methods, medical sociology, and stratification.