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Lissi Hansen, Ph.D., RN

  • Professor, School of Nursing
  • Dr. May E. Rawlinson Distinguished Professor


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.

Education and training

    • R.N., 1982, Sankt Lukas Stiftelsen’s School of Nursing
    • B.S.N., 1994, Washington State University
    • M.S., 1996, School of Nursing, Oregon Health & Science University
    • Ph.D., 2001, School of Nursing, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Fellowship

    • 2003 John A. Hartford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, School of Nursing, University of Washington
    • 2013 Interprofessional Health Care Ethics, Oregon Health & Science University
    • 2013 Gerontological Society of America
    • 2016 Western Academy of Nursing, Western Institute of Nursing



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