Symptom Management in Life-Threatening Illness

  • Hickman, Susan (PI)
  • Burckhardt, Carol (PI)
  • Westfall, Una Elizabeth (PI)
  • Cartwright, Juliana (PI)
  • Rosenfeld, Anne (PI)
  • Patterson, Patricia (PI)
  • Nail, Lillian M. (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
  • National Institutes of Health


  • Medicine(all)
  • Nursing(all)

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