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Date:6/21/2011

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American Cancer Society Pilot Project Support Grant Recipients

University of Utah - Lee Ellington, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the University of Utah. Dr. Ellington and her team will conduct a multi-phase study on home hospice nurse-family caregiver communication. The aims of the project are to identify hospice nurse communication behaviors which facilitate confidence and competence among family caregivers of cancer patients. They will partner with experts in the field, hospice nurses and former family caregivers to gather foundational information on how to best support and empower caregivers. This project has the potential to open the "black box" of home hospice care, and inform future health care provider interventions which support family caregivers.

University of California, Irvine - Michelle A. Fortier, Ph.D. is an Assistant Adjunct Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care; Licensed Clinical Psychologist at the University of California-Irvine. Dr. Fortier's project will address the significant gap in knowledge of pain management of children's cancer, the aims of this two-phase project involve development and implementation of a novel pain management intervention targeting parental management of children's pain using a mobile, innovative, tailored intervention program to be delivered in the pediatric oncology outpatient treatment area.

University of Massachusetts Medical School- Jennifer Tjia, M.D., M.S.C.E is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Tjia will use a combination of qualitative interviews and quantitative medication assessments to understand how current approaches to patient-physician communication and interdisciplinary care coordination affect medication management of older patients with cancer. The goal of he
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Contact: David Sampson
david.sampson@cancer.org
American Cancer Society
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