Center for Hospice, Palliative Care and End-of-Life Center at USF
USF Health

Research Updates

Cutting edge research findings are presented at the bi-monthly presentation meetings of The Center. The following presentations have been given in the years listed below:






January 31, 2007

Elizabeth Whidden, ARNP, The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast

“Suffering and the Hospice Patient”


February 21, 2007

Catherine McCarty, doctoral student, School of Aging Studies

“Hospice Utilization for Individuals with Dementia”


March 14, 2007

Networking Meeting


April 11, 2007

William Haley, PhD, Professor, School of Aging Studies

“Long-term Benefits of Family Caregiver Intervention:  Impact on Bereavement Trajectories”


May 9, 2007

Debra Dobbs, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Aging Studies

“Quality Improvement of Hospice in Assisted Living:  A Proposal for the National Palliative Care Research Center


June 13, 2007

Elizabeth Vongxaiburana, MBMH, doctoral student, School of Aging Studies

“Development of a Minimum Data Set-based Agitation Scale for Dementia”


July 11, 2007

Cindy Cramer, BA, RN, OCN, PCRN

“Efforts to Change a Hospital Culture from the Bedside Up by Growing a Palliative Care Resource Team”


August 8, 2007

Elizabeth Vongxaiburana, MBMH; Tamara Baker, PhD; Kathryn Hyer, PhD, School of Aging Studies

“Pain Among Nursing Home Residents:  A Multi-Modal Approach to Understanding Attitudes, Behaviors, and Symptom Management”


September 12, 2007

Sehwan Kim, PhD, Director of Research, LifePath Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc.

“Predicting Emergency Room Visits Among Hospice Patients with Congestive Heart Failure”


October 10, 2007

Jane C. Sidwell, MSW, RN, CHPN

“HPNA and NBCHPN:  Shared Commitment to Excellence in End-of-Life Care”


December 12, 2007

Networking Meeting