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Massage for Cancer Pain: A Study With University and Hospice Collaboration

Gorman, Geraldine PhD, RN; Forest, Jeannine PhD, RN; Stapleton, Stephen J. PhD(c), RN, CEN; Hoenig, Noreen A. MS, RN, CHPN; Marschke, Michael MD; Durham, Jan BSN, RN; Suarez, Marie L. PhD; Wilkie, Diana J. PhD, RN, FAAN

Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing: July-August 2008 - Volume 10 - Issue 4 - p 191-197
doi: 10.1097/01.NJH.0000319160.89854.ab
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Conducting scientific research within a clinical practice area presents a variety of challenges. When the specialty area is hospice and palliative care, the collaborative task is particularly daunting. In this article, we describe an ongoing study being conducted as a partnership between the University of Illinois at Chicago and a large metropolitan hospice organization. Our research focuses on engaging patients and their caregivers in a study measuring the effects of massage on cancer pain. The purpose of this article is to describe both the lessons learned and the benefits accrued from collaboration between hospice practitioners and academic researchers. We present these process findings as guideposts for others considering end-of-life or palliative care research. Upon completion of the study in 2009, we will disseminate outcome findings in future articles.

Author Affiliations: Geraldine Gorman, PhD, RN, is Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health, Mental Health, and Administrative Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Jeannine Forest, PhD, RN, is Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medical-Surgical Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Stephen J. Stapleton, PhD(c), RN, CEN, is Doctoral Candidate, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing.

Noreen A. Hoenig, MS, RN, CHPN, is Research Specialist, Department of Medical-Surgical Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Michael Marschke, MD, is Medical Director, Horizon Hospice and Palliative Care, Chicago, Illinois.

Jan Durham, BSN, RN, is Admission Nurse and CAM Program Coordinator, Horizon Hospice and Palliative Care, Chicago, Illinois.

Marie L. Suarez, PhD, is Senior Research Specialist, Department of Medical-Surgical Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Diana J. Wilkie, PhD, RN, FAAN, is Professor and Harriet H, Werley Endowed Chair for Nursing Research, Department of Medical-Surgical Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago.

This publication was made possible by Grant No. RO1 NR009092 from the NIH, NINR. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the NINR.

Address correspondence to Diana J. Wilkie, PhD, RN, FAAN, Department of Medical-Surgical Nursing (MC 802), University of Illinois at Chicago, 845 S Damen Ave, Room 660, Chicago, IL 60612-7350 (diwilkie@uic.edu).

© 2008 The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association