Date of Award

Spring 5-13-2022

Document Type


First Advisor

Cara Gormally

Second Advisor

Daniel J. Lundberg


Penicillin is considered to be the most frequently reported drug allergy, with roughly 10% of the U.S. population reporting an allergy (Lee, 2020; Sakoulas et al., 2019). However, current research suggests that more than 90% of people who report a penicillin allergy are actually not truly allergic (Blumenthal et al., 2015; Pongdee & Li, 2018). Confusion about side effects and allergic responses is a common way for penicillin allergies to be falsely reported (Stone et al., 2020). The Deaf community may experience this confusion at a higher rate due to health literacy barriers that likely hinder their learning and understanding of medication side effects. In order to limit false penicillin allergy reporting in the Deaf community, I used semi-structured interviews to uncover experiences that Deaf college students have with learning about the side effects of their medications.



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