End-of-Life Center
USF Health


Center members have made significant contributions to the growing literature on end-of-life and palliative care, both in collaboration with other Center members, as well as with researchers from other universities and provider agencies.

The following publication by Center members Lori Roscoe, PhD; Ronald Schonwetter, MD; and Kathleen Egan, MA, BSN, CHPN describes the history of The Center:

Creating An Academic-Community Provider Partnership in Hospice, Palliative Care & End-of-Life Studies


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Center members have developed particular expertise in the following topics:

  • Cancer Care
  • Caregiving at End-of-Life
  • Decision Making at End-of-Life
  • Dementia Care
  • Education in End-of-Life Care
  • Long-term Care and End-of-Life
  • Pain and Symptom Management/Quality of Life
  • Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia
  • Research Methodology in End-of-Life Studies

Allen, R.S., Haley, W.E., Roff, L.L., Schmid, B., & Bergman, E.J. (2006).  Responding to the needs of caregivers near the end of life: Enhancing benefits and minimizing burdens. In J. L. Werth, J. R. Anderson, & D. Blevins (Eds.), Psychosocial issues near the end of life: A resource for professional care providers (pp. 183-201). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

 Beckwith, S. K. (2006). The hospice approach to pain control.

Pain Management at the End of Life – Bridging the Gap Between Knowledge & Practice (pp. 197-208).   Washington, DC: Hospice Foundation of America. 


Black, K. (2006).  Advance care planning practices: Nurses’ and social workers’
perceptions of roles. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 23, 175-184.


Black, K. (2006). Conducting interdisciplinary research with social workers.  The New Social Worker, 13, 18-19.

Black, K., & Emmett, C. (2006).  Nurses’ advance care planning communication: An investigation.  Geriatric Nursing, 27, 222-227.

Burton, A. M., Haley, W. E., & Small, B. J.  (2006). Bereavement after caregiving or unexpected death:  Effects on elderly spouses.  Aging & Mental Health, 10, 319-326.


Dobbs, D., Hanson, L., Williams, C.S., Zimmerman, S., Munn, J. (2006). Hospice attitudes among assisted living and nursing home administrators and the Long-Term Care Hospice Attitudes Scale (LTC-HAS). Journal of Palliative Medicine, 9, 1388-1400.


Dobbs, D., Hayes, J., Chapin, R., & Oslund. P. (2006).  The relationship between psychiatric disorders and the ability to age in place in assisted living. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 14, 613-620.


Donovan, K.A., Taliaferro, L.A., Alvarez, E.M. & Jacobsen, P.B. (2006). Differences in sexual health between cervical cancer survivors and women undergoing routine cervical cancer screening. Psycho-Oncology, 15 (Supp. 1), S53.


Donovan, K.A. and Taliaferro, L.A. (2006). Impact of psychiatric symptoms and distress on cancer patients’ response to pain management services. Psycho-Oncology, 15 (Supp. 1), S79.


Donovan, K.A., Taliaferro, L.A., Alvarez, E.M., & Jacobsen, P.B. (2006). Relationship of dyadic adjustment to sexual satisfaction in survivors of early stage cervical cancer. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 31 (Supp.), S140.


Egan, K.  (2006).  Family caregiving in the last years of life:  Positive  experiences in the midst of suffering.  Home Healthcare Nurse. 


Haraldsson, B.G., Gross, A. R., Myers, C. D., Ezzo, J. M., Morien, A., Goldsmith, C., Peloso, P. M., Bronfort, G, for the Cervical Overview Group. (2006).  Massage for mechanical neck disorders. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 3, CDoo4871. 


Jang, Y., Bergman, E., Schonfeld, L., & Molinari, V. (2006). Depressive symptoms among older residents in assisted living facilities. International Journal of Aging & Human Development, 63, 299-315.


McMillan, S. C., Small, B. J., Weitzner, M., Schonwetter, R. S., Tittle, M., Moody, L., & Haley, W. E.  (2006). Impact of a coping skills intervention with family caregivers of hospice patients with cancer:  A randomized clinical trial.  Cancer, 106, 214-222.


McMillan, S. C. (2006) Interventions to facilitate family caregiving.  Journal of Palliative Medicine, 9(Supplement 1), S132-139.


Meade, C. D., Martinez, D., Schullo, S., & McMillan, S. C. (2006). Distance learning for communicating cancer, culture and literacy: A model for cancer control advancement. Journal of Cancer Education, 21(2), 63-70.


Myers, C. D., Tsao, J. C. I., Glover, D. A., Kim, S. C., Turk, N., Zeltzer, L. K.  (2006). Sex, gender, and age: Contributions to laboratory pain responding in children and adolescents.  Journal of Pain, 7, 556-564.

Mingo, C. A., McIlvane, J. M., & Haley, W. E. (2006).  Impact of the diagnostic label of osteoarthritis on perceptions of disability and willingness to help a parent in African Americans and Whites.  Arthritis Care & Research, 55, 913-919.


Mittelman, M., Haley, W. E., Clay, O., & Roth, D. L.  (2006).  Improving caregiver well-being delays nursing home placement of patients with Alzheimer disease.  Neurology, 67, 1592-1599.


Myers, C. D, Stuber, M. L., & Zeltzer, L. K. (2006). Spirituality, complementary, and alternative medicine. In R.T. Brown (Ed.), Comprehensive Handbook of Childhood Cancer and Sickle Cell Disease: A Biopsychosocial Approach. New York: Oxford University Press. 

Ransom, S., Azzarello, L. M., McMillan, S. C. (2006) Methodological issues in the recruitment of cancer pain patients and their caregivers.  Research in Nursing and Health, 29, 190-198. 


Ransom, S, Sacco, W. P., Weitzner, M. A., Azzarello, L. M. & McMillan, S. C. (2006). Interpersonal factors predict increased desire for hastened death in late stage cancer patients. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 31, 63-69.


Roscoe, L. A., Osman, H., & Haley, W. E.  (2006).  Implications of the Schiavo case for understanding family caregiving issues at the end-of-life.  Death Studies, 30, 149-161.


Roscoe, L. A., & Schonwetter, R. S.  (2006) Improving access to hospice and palliative care for patients near the end of life:  Present status and future direction.  Journal of Palliative Care, 22, 46-50.


Schonwetter, R. S. (2006).  Hospice and palliative medicine: Ten years have made a difference, Journal of Palliative Medicine, 9, 236-238.


Schonwetter, R. S. (2006).  Quality initiatives do not always mean quality of care.  Journal of Palliative Medicine, 9, 616-618.


Schonwetter, R. S. (2006).  Easing the difficult journeys.  Journal of Palliative Medicine, 9, 835-837.


Schonwetter, R. S., Roscoe, L. A., Nwuso, M., Zilka, B., & Kim, S., (2006).  Quality of life and symptom control in hospice patients receiving chemotherapy, Journal of Palliative Medicine, 9, 638-645.


Small, B. J., Donovan, K. A., Andrykowski, M. A., & Jacobsen, P. B. (2006). Growth mixture modeling of fatigue following completion of treatment for breast cancer. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 31 (Supp.) S136.

Tsao, J. C. I, Lu, Q., Myers, C. D, Kim, S. C, Turk, N, Zeltzer, L. K. (2006).  Parent and child anxiety sensitivity: Relationship to children's experimental pain
responsivity. Journal of Pain, 7, 319-326.

Zacks, R., Blanchard-Fields, F., & Haley, W. E. (2006).  Psychology and Aging:  The first 20 years.  Psychology and Aging, 21, 1-6. 


Zeltzer, L. K., Tsao, J. C., Bursch, B., Myers, C. D. (2006).  Introduction to special issue on pain: From pain to pain-associated disability syndrome.  Journal of Pediatric Psychology.  31, 661-666.