October Scholar

OHSU School of Nursing October Scholar


Lissi Hansen, Ph.D. AssociateProfessor  

From a research hunch - to make a difference, dream or reality?

My deep desire to improve end of life and palliative care for adults and older adults is rooted in my extensive clinical practice. I felt that improvement was needed in the areas of pain and symptom management. In particular, I am concerned about the care of patients with end-stage liver disease (ESLD) due to the toll the disease process has on them and their families. Currently, I am finishing up two studies funded by NINR and NIH. The first study focuses on ESLD patients' need for pain and symptom management. The second study focuses on the process of life-sustaining treatment decision-making for the same population and their families. A third study, "Nursing's Specific Contributions to Quality Palliative Care within the Context of Interdisciplinary Intensive Care Practice", was recently funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Initiative, and is designed to guide qualitative improvement efforts in the delivery of palliative care in the intensive care setting.  I am privileged to work in a setting that supports and values my efforts to make a difference for patients who are in the last phase of their lives and their families.