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Chen paper wins award from UMass Gerontology Department

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0089_12_136.jpgEmily Chen (Ph.D. in Human Development, '14), former BCTR graduate research assistant and TRIPLL affiliate and mentee, received a Francis G. Caro Student Paper Award at the University of Massachusetts. Her paper, Social Diffusion of Advance Care Planning among Related Older Adults, was selected by the review committee at the UMass Gerontology Department as the most outstanding doctoral-level paper.

Chen's research focuses on the individual and social contexts of health behaviors, the experience of older adults with chronic disease, and the role of planning, communication, and self-efficacy in the experience of illness and disability. Collaborating with psychologists, sociologists, and physicians, in both rural and urban settings, Emily has explored these topics using qualitative and quantitative methods. She has an MA and PhD in Human Development from Cornell and an AB in the Growth and Structure of Cities from Bryn Mawr College.

 

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Talks at Twelve: Emily Chen and Catherine Riffin

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Priority Research Areas in Palliative Care: Findings from a Mixed Method, Multi-Stakeholder Research Project
Thursday, May 15, 2014

Emily Chen
Human Development, Cornell University

Catherine Riffin
Human Development, Cornell University

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A new approach to managing arthritis pain

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Karl Pillemer

Karl Pillemer

Although they had developed a program that was proven to help people manage arthritis pain, Cornell researchers found that participants were having trouble attending all of the training sessions. In a recent Cornell Chronicle article, the BCTR's Karl Pillemer, co-director of  the Translational Research Institute on Pain in Later Life (TRIPLL), described the disconnect:

Effective health programs may not reach people who need them due to factors such as culture, language, age or income, but changing programs to meet the needs of new target populations can make a dramatic difference.

To figure out ways to ensure better attendance, researchers Cary Reid, Karl Pillemer, and their colleagues met with community practitioners, arthritis sufferers, and program instructors. They ultimately incorporated over 30 suggested changes to create new guidelines for implementing the program. Results of the study were published in the Musculoskeletal Journal of the Hospital for Special Surgery this February.  Measuring the Value of Program Adaptation: A Comparative Effectiveness Study of the Standard and a Culturally Adapted Version of the Arthritis Self-Help Program was also co-authored by BCTR graduate research assistant Emily Chen, Cornell senior research associate Charles Henderson, and Samantha Parker of Tulane University School of Medicine. The study was partially funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research and the National Institute on Aging. Adapted arthritis program boosts participation - Cornell Chronicle

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Talks at Twelve: Emily Chen and Catherine Riffin, Thursday, May 15, 2014

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Priority Research Areas in Palliative Care: Findings from a Mixed Method, Multi-Stakeholder Research Project
Emily Chen and Catherine Riffin, Human Development, Cornell University

Thursday, May 15, 2014
12:00-1:00 PM
Beebe Hall, 2nd floor conference room



This talk is open to all. Lunch will be served. Metered parking is available at the Plantations.

In March 2012, an interdisciplinary team from Cornell’s Department of Human Development and the Division of Geriatrics at Weill Cornell Medical College initiated a project to produce a research agenda for palliative care that integrated both researcher and practitioner perspectives, in order to advance clinical practice and ignite investigation of critical research gaps. In this presentation, Chen and Riffin will report on the three inter-related activities that informed the research agenda: 1) a systematic review of the literature with a specific focus on identifying knowledge gaps from review articles on the topic of palliative or end-of-life care, 2) a survey of thought leaders in the field of palliative care, and 3) consensus conferences that presented academic research priorities to palliative care practitioners in order to solicit additional research recommendations and ascertain practitioner priorities. They will describe the strengths and challenges of their methodological approach, report results of the systematic review and survey of thought leaders, and discuss the research-to-practice consensus conferences that utilized practitioners to both expand and refine the list of research recommendations.

Catherine Riffin is currently a fourth year doctoral student in Human Development in the College of Human Ecology. Upon completing her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College in 2008, she pursued pediatric anxiety research at Brown Medical School. Since arriving at Cornell, she has begun to explore the relational and psychological components of aging. Her present line of research examines the socioemotional and cognitive factors that influence health decisions among older adults with chronic pain.

Emily Chen is a doctoral candidate in Human Development in the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University. Her research focuses on the individual and social contexts of health behaviors, the experience of older adults with chronic disease, and the role of planning, communication, and self-efficacy in the experience of illness and disability. Collaborating with psychologists, sociologists, and physicians, in both rural and urban settings, Emily has explored these topics using qualitative and quantitative methods. She has an MA in Human Development from Cornell and an AB in the Growth and Structure of Cities from Bryn Mawr College.

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Palliative Care symposium at Gerontological Society of America meeting

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Pillemer, Riffin, Chen

Pillemer, Riffin, and Chen

Cary Reid, Catherine Riffin, Cara Kenien (TRIPLL associate director), Karl Pillemer, and Emily Chen of the Stern Foundation-funded Palliative Care Project organized a 90-minute symposium at the Gerontological Society of America annual meeting  (New Orleans, Nov 22).  The symposium, Identifying Research Gaps in Palliative Care Using a Multifaceted Approach, included four papers that resulted from the Palliative Care Project. Discussant Keela Herr, professor of nursing at Iowa State, provided expert commentary and feedback at the end. About 45 people attended and a lively Q&A session followed.

Symposium: Identifying Research Gaps in Palliative Care Using a Multifaceted Approach

  • Developing a Research Agenda for Palliative Care: A Three-part Method - Reid, Pillemer, Riffin, Chen
  • Research Recommendations in the Palliative Care Literature - Riffin, Reid, Chen, Pillemer
  • Research Recommendations from a Telephone Survey of Thought Leaders in Palliative Care - Chen, Riffin, Pillemer, Reid
  • Reconciling Research and Practitioner Priorities for Palliative Care through a Consensus Conference - Pillemer, Reid, Chen, Riffin

 

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