Lissi Hansen, Ph.D., R.N.

Lissi Hansen

Associate Professor
Oregon Health & Science University
School of Nursing Portland Campus
3455 SW US Veterans Hospital Road, SN-6S
Portland, Ore. 97239
Phone: 503 418-3357
Fax: 503 449-7783

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My main research interest focuses on end-of-life and palliative care in adults and older adults with end-stage liver disease patients and their families in particular. My prior research has looked at the strain family members experience when making life sustaining treatment decisions for an older adult, the process over time of making life sustaining treatment decisions from patients’, family members’, and health care professionals’ perspective, and pain and other symptoms experienced by patients with end-stage liver disease at the end of life. This work has evolved into two other areas of research a) symptoms and quality of life in patients with liver cancer and b) specific contributions to palliative care by intensive care unit nurses in the context of interdisciplinary intensive care practice. My work is multidisciplinary and includes expert collaborators from nursing, medicine, psychology, and medical anthropology. These collaborators come from OHSU and other health care systems (VA Portland Health Care System). The goal of my research is to develop cost effective interventions to improve end of life and palliative care provided to adults and older adults and their families across health care settings.


2003     John A. Hartford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, School of Nursing, University of Washington                               

2001     PhD, Nursing, School of Nursing, Oregon Health & Science University

1996     MS, Nursing, School of Nursing, Oregon Health & Science University                             

1994     BSN, Nursing, Washington State University,

1982     RN, Sankt Lukas Stiftelsen’s School of Nursing, Hellerup, Denmark.


N321, N322, NRS 331, NRS 332 End-of Life and Palliative Care Content
N620 Ethics in the Conduct of Research
N622 Influential Programs of Nursing Research
N631 Nursing Science Focus Area (Course Coordinator)

Funded Research

Health Care Professionals' Perspectives of CAring for Patients with Hepatocellular Carcinoma and their Family Members, 2/9/2015 - 2/10/2015 (PI).

Service activities

OHSu Research Strategic Advisoyr Council, council member
OHSU School of Nursing  Research Council, Chair
OHSU School of Nursing, APT, member
OHSU School of Nursing Faculty Search, committee member, (Senior Associate Deans: Executive & Academic Affairs)
OHSU Medical Center, Director of Pain Management in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Search committee member
Health Sciences Representative on the Gerontological Society of America's Task Force on Interest Groups

Publications (selected)

Sullivan, D. R. Golden S., Ganzini, L. Hansen, L. & Saltore, C. G. "I still don't know diddly": A longitudinal qualitative study of patients' knowledge and distress while undergoing evaluations of incidental pulmonary nodules (in press).

Hansen, L. Leo M., Chang, M. Atif Z., Naugler, S., & Schwartz, J. Symptom Distress in Patients with End-Stage Liver Disease toward the End of Life. Gastroenterology Nursing (in press).

Hansen, L., Rosenkranz, S., Chang, M. & Vaccaro, G. (2014). Patients with Hepatocellular Carcinoma Near the End of Life: A Longitudinal Qualitative Study of Their Illness Experiences. Cancer Nursing. An International Journal for Cancer Care, 37(4).

Hansen, L., Yan, Y., & Rosenkranz, S. (2014). The Power of the Liver Transplantation List: A Case Presentation. American Journal of Critical Care. 23(6), 511-516.

Taylor-Young, P., Miller, D., Ganzini, L., Golden, S. & Hansen, L. (2014) Feasibility and Acceptability of Group Acupuncture in Veterans with Hepatitis C: A Pilot Study. Journal of Medical Acupuncture, 26(4), 208-214.

Hansen, L. , Leo, M., Chang, M., Zucker, B., & Sasaki, A. (2014) Pain and Self-Care Behaviors in Patients with ESLD: A Longitudinal Description. Journal of Palliative Care, 30(1), 32-40.

Slatore, C. G., Hansen, L., Ganzini, L., Press, N., Osborne, M. L., Chesnutt, M. S., & Mularski, R. A. (2012). Nurse Communication in the ICU: A Qualitative Analysis of Patient Centered Care Domains. The American Journal of Critical Care, 21(6), 410-418.

Hansen, L., Press, N., Rosenkranz, S., Baggs, J. G., Kerber, A. Williamson, A., & Chesnutt, M. S. (2012). Life-Sustaining Treatment Decision Making in the ICU for Patients with ESLD: A Longitudinal Investigation. Research in Nursing & Health, 35, 518-532.

Hansen, L., Craig, C., & Cartwright, J. (2012). End of Life Care for Rural Dwelling Older Adults and their Families. Research in Gerontological Aging, 5(1), 6-15.

Benzar, E., Hansen, L. Kneitel, A., and Fromme, E. (2011) Discharge Planning for Palliative Care Patients: A Qualitative Analysis. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 14(1), 65-69.

Hansen, L., Sasaki, A. & Zucker, B. (2010) End-Stage Liver Disease: Challenges and Practice Implications. Nursing Clinics of North America, 45(3), 411-426.

Hansen, L., Goodell, T., DeHaven, J., & Smith, MD. (2009). Enhancing Nurses' Perceptions of End-of-Life Care: Multi-Faceted Approaches. The American Journal of Critical Care,18(3), 263-271.

Fromme, E. K., Bascom, P., Smith, MD., Tolle, S. W., Hansen, L., Hickam, D., and Osborne, M. (2006). Survival, Mortality, and Location of Death for Patients Seen by a Hospital-Based Palliative Care Team. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 9(4), 903-911.