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Lissi Hansen Ph.D., R.N.

  •      (503) 418-3357

    Portland Campus

    • Professor School of Nursing

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.


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


  • "'I still don't know diddly'" npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine April 16 2015
  • "Communication by nurses in the intensive care unit" American Journal of Critical Care November 2012
  • "Relationship Quality in Non-Cognitively Impaired Mother–Daughter Care Dyads" Journal of Family Nursing November 1 2015
  • "Discharge planning for palliative care patients" Journal of Palliative Medicine January 2011
  • "Family caregivers making life-sustaining treatment decisions" Journal of Gerontological Nursing November 2005
  • "Patients with hepatocellular carcinoma near the end of life" Cancer Nursing July 2 2015
  • "End-Stage Liver Disease" Nursing Clinics of North America September 2010
  • "Symptom distress in patients with end-stage liver disease toward the end of life" Gastroenterology Nursing August 1 2015
  • "Liver transplantation in older adults" Journal of Gerontological Nursing  2014
  • "Living through the end" Palliative and Supportive Care October 21 2013
  • "The power of the liver transplant waiting list" American Journal of Critical Care  2014
  • "Role strain and ease in decision-making to withdraw or withhold life support for elderly relatives" Journal of Nursing Scholarship  2004
  • "Pain and self-care behaviours in adult patients with end-stage liver disease" Journal of Palliative Care  2014
  • "Feasibility and acceptability of group acupuncture in veterans with hepatitis C" Medical Acupuncture August 1 2014
  • "Innovations in geriatric nursing curricula" Nursing Outlook July 2006
  • "Nurses' perceptions of end-of-life care after multiple interventions for improvement" American Journal of Critical Care May 2009
  • "End-of-life care for rural-dwelling older adults and their primary family caregivers." Research in gerontological nursing January 2012
  • "Life-sustaining treatment decisions in the ICU for patients with ESLD" Research in Nursing and Health October 2012
  • "How experienced intensive care nurses communicate with families about shift to end-of-life care" Evidence-based nursing April 1 2016
  • "Medical record quality assessments of palliative care for intensive care unit patients do they match the perspectives of nurses and families?" Annals of the American Thoracic Society May 1 2016
  • "Family perspectives on overall care in the intensive care unit" Nursing Research November 1 2016
  • "The experience of veterans with hepatitis C and acupuncture" European Journal of Integrative Medicine February 1 2017
  • "Colorectal Cancer Liver Metastasis" Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology March 1 2017
  • "Background and design of the symptom burden in end-stage liver disease patient-caregiver dyad study" Research in Nursing and Health  2017
  • "Living with hepatocellular carcinoma near the end of life" Oncology Nursing Forum September 1 2017
  • "Improvements in hospice utilization among patients with advanced-stage lung cancer in an integrated health care system" Cancer  2017
  • "Symptom distress in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma toward the end of life" Oncology Nursing Forum November 1 2017
  • "Palliative Care for People With Hepatocellular Carcinoma, and Specific Benefits for Older Adults" Clinical Therapeutics April 1 2018
  • "It's All about the Relationship" The Gerontologist July 13 2018
  • "Association of Early Palliative Care Use with Survival and Place of Death among Patients with Advanced Lung Cancer Receiving Care in the Veterans Health Administration" JAMA oncology January 1 2019

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