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School Research Targets End-of-Life Care, Education & More

More than a dozen nurse researchers at the UW School of Nursing have received federal or private research funding in past six months to support their work in everything from parent-child bonding to end-of-life care. Among the research funded:

  • A study of cognitive behavioral therapy for arthritis pain and insomnia in older adults.
    The study will examine whether patients see significant improvements in their sleep and pain after going through an eight-session program addressing both pain and sleep disturbance. Researchers say the study has important implications, with osteoarthritis pain affecting half of all adults age 60 and older and limited drug options for managing the pain. The principal investigator is Susan McCurry, research professor in the Department of Psychosocial and Community Health. The $712,768 grant was funded by the National Institutes of Health.
  • The creation of a five-state nursing collaborative to help faculty learn to use techonology and simulation to enhance nursing education.
    Researchers will develop a Web-based toolkit including recommendations and strategies for integrating technology into curriculum. Examples include how and when to use patient simulation versus interactive online learning and how to integrate technology into distance learning. “This is changing nursing education in the 21st century,” said principal investigator Brenda Zierler, associate professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems and associate dean of Technology Innovations in Education and Research. The $299,633 grant was funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration.
  • A study examining the effect of culturally congruent care on patients’ experiences at the end of life.
    Poor communication between patients and providers contributes to disparities at the end of life, particularly for patients from underserved populations. Researchers will provide a group of hospice nurses with a Web-based program to enhance their cultural competence in communicating with patients and family caregivers, with caregivers assessing the nurses’ skills in providing culturally appropriate palliative care. Researchers plan to use the data to tailor programs that meet the training needs of individual nurses based on their cultural competence scores. The principal investigator is Ardith Doorenbos, an assistant professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems. The $216,163 grant was funded by the National Institutes of Health.

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