Behavioral Intervention Research in Hospice and Palliative Care - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128144497

Behavioral Intervention Research in Hospice and Palliative Care

1st Edition

Building an Evidence Base

Authors: George Demiris Debra Oliver Karla Washington
Paperback ISBN: 9780128144497
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 2019
Page Count: 200
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The science behind the quality of hospice and palliative care lags behind that of traditional medical practice, despite the continuous growth of palliative care interdisciplinary teams. Researching, developing, and testing strategies is essential to advancing the effectiveness and value of this care. Improving Hospice Palliative Care with Intervention Research sets forth research considerations and guidelines to build evidence-based interventions to improve end-of-life care. It is an in-depth introduction to implementation research and showcases how a clinical need is identified to inform an intervention. The book extensively examines the various phases of intervention research, including design, implementation, evaluation, dissemination, and translation, and focuses on methodological, ethical, practical issues.

Key Features

  • Informs readers how to conduct intervention research toward identifying best care
  • Advises readers on design, implementation, and evaluation of research
  • Provides step-by-step templates to develop an intervention study
  • Includes mock protocols from successful intervention trials
  • Synthesizes lessons learned by established intervention researchers in hospice and palliative care


Researchers, students, and policy-makers in psychology, gerontology, social work, geriatrics, medicine, public health, nursing, community health, and aging

Table of Contents

  1. A Roadmap to Behavioral Intervention Research in Hospice and Palliative Care
    2. The Foundations of Behavioral Intervention Research in Hospice and Palliative Care
    3. Defining and Analyzing the Problem
    4. Designing an Intervention
    5. Planning, Pilot-Testing and Refining the Intervention
    6. Conducting a Clinical Trial
    7. Disseminating Findings and Translating the Intervention


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About the Author

George Demiris

George Demiris is the Alumni Endowed Professor in Nursing at the School of Nursing and Biomedical and Health Informatics, at the School of Medicine, University of Washington. He is the Graduate Program Director of the Biomedical and Health Informatics Graduate Program at the School of Medicine and the Director of the Clinical Informatics and Patient Centered Technologies Program at the School of Nursing. He obtained his MSc degree in Medical Informatics from the University of Heidelberg, Germany and his PhD degree in Health Informatics from the University of Minnesota. His research interests include the design and evaluation of home based technologies for older adults and patients with chronic conditions and disabilities, smart homes and ambient assisted living applications and the use of telehealth in home care and hospice. He is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and a Member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences. In the past he has served as the Chair of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) Working Group on Smart homes and Ambient Assisted Living, and the Lead Convener of the Technology and Aging Special Interest Group of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA).

Affiliations and Expertise

Vice Chair for Informatics Education, Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education, School of Medicine; Director, Clinical Informatics and Patient Centered Technologies (CIPCT) Graduate Program, School of Nursing, University of Washington.

Debra Oliver

Dr. Oliver seeks to improve the dying experience for individuals diagnosed with a terminal illness and find ways to support loving family members who dedicate their time and energy to assure comfort for those they love. The hospice patients and families in her research studies reside either at home or in a nursing home. She is the principal investigator for a $2.9 million National Cancer Institute study on Access for Cancer Caregivers to Education and Support for Shared Decision Making, and a $500,000 National Institute on Aging grant on Shared Decision Making to Improve Palliative Care in the Nursing Home.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Family and Community Medicine, University of Missouri, USA

Karla Washington

In her research, Dr. Washington identifies strategies that are most effective in helping individuals and their families cope with chronic illness and live life on their own terms.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Family and Community Medicine, University of Missouri, USA

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