Symptom Management in Life-Threatening Illness

  • Nail, Lillian (PI)
  • Burckhardt, Carol (PI)
  • Westfall, Una Elizabeth (PI)
  • Cartwright, Juliana (PI)
  • Rosenfeld, Anne (PI)
  • Patterson, Patricia (PI)
  • Hickman, Susan (PI)

    Project: Research project

    Project Details


    DESCRIPTION:Symptom management is an
    important component of nursing practice across care settings, client
    populations, and type of practice. Although the value of symptom management is
    widely recognized, the research base supporting practice is uneven with
    extensive research on pain and pain management and little research addressing
    symptoms like constipation, thirst, itching, hot flashes in men, and fatigue in
    chronic heart failure. Symptom management research is quite broad in scope. It
    includes identification of previously uncharacterized symptoms, examination of
    approaches to symptom reporting, describing symptom appraisals and symptom
    interpretation, documenting the pattern of a specific symptom or examining the
    patterns of relationships among a variety of symptoms, testing interventions
    designed to prevent or ameliorate a symptom or those aimed at modifying
    responses to symptoms, and the systematic evaluation of strategies for
    translating knowledge about symptom management into practice. The experience of
    life-threatening illness is especially relevant to the science of symptom
    management because symptoms are a key element of the illness experience. The
    aims of the proposed exploratory center are to advance the state-of-the-art for
    knowledge development and utilization on symptom management in life-threatening
    illness (cancer, cardiac disease, and end-of-life care), establish a new
    methodologic standard for symptom management research, develop an
    infrastructure to symptom management research at the OHSU SON, and enhance the
    existing research environment. The Center will provide funding for three
    pilot/feasibility studies each year for three years and provide shared
    resources to support these pilot studies in the areas of Statistical Analysis,
    Methodologic Support, and Logistical Support. The Center is built on a strong
    research base that includes two NIH-funded R01's and additional NIH funded
    symptom management studies as well as foundation funded projects. The
    leadership team includes two senior level and one experienced mid-career
    scientist, all of whom address aspects of symptom management in their own
    programs of research.
    Effective start/end date9/15/018/31/05


    • National Institutes of Health: $223,302.00
    • National Institutes of Health: $231,846.00
    • National Institutes of Health: $239,501.00


    • Medicine(all)
    • Nursing(all)


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