Karla Washington, PhD

Profile

THE CHALLENGE
In recent decades – as health care providers have become increasingly focused on managing their patients’ physical and psychosocial symptoms – we’ve seen significant progress and improvements in care for seriously and chronically ill individuals and their families.

KARLA WASHINGTON cares about the physical and psychosocial needs of patients who are chronically ill. In her research, she is identifying strategies that are most effective in helping individuals and their families cope with chronic illness and live life on their own terms.

Academic Information

Assistant Professor
P. 573-884-2119

Research Interests

  • Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Family Caregiving
  • Psychosocial Health

Education & Training

Post-Graduate School

Social Work, University of Missouri

Awards & Honors

2017

Dorsett L. Spurgeon MD Distinguished Medical Research Award

Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network Award for Excellence in Psychosocial Research

2016

David B. Oliver Department of Family and Community Medicine Faculty Award

2011-2013

John A. Hartford Foundation Faculty Scholar in Gerontological Social Work

 

Publications

A sample of recent publications are included below. For a more comprehensive list of publications, please refer to My Bibliography (NCBI Collections)

2018

Communicating caregivers' challenges with cancer pain management: an analysis of home hospice visits.
Journal of Pain & Symptom Management. 2018;55(5):1296-1303.
Han CJ, Chi NC, Han S, Demiris G, Parker-Oliver D, Washington K, Clayton MF, Reblin M, Ellington L.

Delivering problem-solving therapy to family caregivers of people with cancer: a feasibility study in outpatient palliative care.
Psychooncology. 2018;27(10):2494-2499.
Washington KT, Demiris G, Parker OD, Albright DL, Craig KW, Tatum P.

Differential effects of patient symptom subtypes on informal hospice caregiver depression.
Palliative & Supportive Care. 2018;16(2):127-136.
Wilkes CM, Washington KT, Palmer WM, Parker Oliver DR, Demiris G, Craig KW.

Just let me go: end-of-life planning among Ojibwe elders.
Gerontologist. 2018;58(2):300-307.
Dennis MK, Washington KT.

Pain management concerns from the hospice family caregivers’ perspective.
American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine. 2018;35(4):601-611.
Chi NC, Demiris G, Pike KC, Washington K, Parker Oliver DR.

Relationships among symptom management burden, coping responses, and caregiver psychological distress at end of life.
Journal of Palliative Medicine. 2018;21(9):1234-1241.
Washington KT, Wilkes CM, Rakes CR, Otten SJ, Parker OD, Demiris G.

Shared decision making in home hospice nursing visits: a qualitative study.
J Pain Symptom Manage. 2018;55(3):922-929.
Parker Oliver D, Washington K, Demiris G, Wallace A, Propst MR, Uraizee AM, Craig K, Clayton MF, Reblin M, Ellington L.

The Paradox of hospice for caregivers of cancer patients.
Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 2018;56(3):e8-e11.
Wallace AS, Parker Oliver D, Demiris G, Washington K, Smith J.

2017

A qualitative analysis of information sharing in hospice interdisciplinary group meetings.
American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. 2017;34(10):901-906.
Washington KT, Demiris G, Parker Oliver DR, Swarz JA, Lewis AM, Backonja U.

Challenges and strategies for hospice caregivers: a qualitative analysis.
Gerontologist. 2017;57(4):648-656.
Parker Oliver DR, Demiris G, Washington KT, Clark C, Thomas-Jones D.

Communication challenges and strategies of U.S. health professionals caring for seriously ill South Asian patients and their families.
Journal of Palliative Medicine. 2017;20(6):611-617.
Khosla N, Washington KT, Shaunfield S, Aslakson R.

Digital storytelling: families’ search for meaning after child death.
Journal Of Social Work In End-Of-Life & Palliative Care. 2017;13(4):239-250.
Rolbiecki AJ, Washington K, Bitsicas K.

Hospice family caregiver involvement in care plan meetings: a mixed-methods randomized controlled trial.
American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine. 2017;34(9):849-859.
Parker Oliver D, Demiris G, Washington K, Kruse RL, Petroski G.

Team functioning in hospice interprofessional meetings: an exploratory study of providers’ perspectives.
Journal of Interprofessional Care. 2017;31(4):455-462.
Washington KT, Guo Y, Albright DL, Lewis A, Parker Oliver D, Demiris G.

The effect of internet group support for caregivers on social support, self-efficacy, and caregiver burden: a meta-analysis.
Telemedicine Journal & E-Health. 2017;23(8):621-629.
Parker Oliver DR, Patil S, Benson JJ, Gage A, Washington K, Kruse RL, Demiris G.

The prevalence and risks for depression and anxiety in hospice caregivers.
Journal of Palliative Medicine. 2017;20(4):366-371.
Parker OD, Washington KT, Smith J, Uraizee A, Demiris G.

2016

A multimethod analysis of shared decision-making in hospice interdisciplinary team meetings including family caregivers.
Palliative Medicine. 2016;30(3):270-278.
Washington KT, Parker Oliver DR, Gage LA, Albright DL, Demiris G.

Brown lettuce and rodent traps, granola and trees: a qualitative study of an experiential teaching tool to promote socially just practice.
Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics. 2016;13(2):47-55.
Dailey AL, Washington KT, Havig K.

Challenges and strategies for hospice caregivers: a qualitative analysis.
Gerontologist. 2016;DOI: 10.1093/geront/gnw054
Parker Oliver DR, Demiris G, Washington KT, Clark C, Thomas-Jones D.

Family members’ experience with hospice in nursing homes.
American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine. 2016;33(4):354-362.
Gage LA, Washington KT, Parker Oliver DR, Kruse RL, Lewis A, Demiris G.

Hospice and palliative social workers’ experiences with clients at risk of suicide.
Palliative Supportive Care. 2016 Dec;14(6):664-671.
Washington KT, Albright DL, Parker Oliver DR, Gage LA, Lewis A, Mooney MJ.

“I have to age in this body”: lesbian and bisexual older women’s perspectives on a health behavior intervention.
Women’s Health Issues. 2016;26(Supplement 1):S63-S80.
McElroy JA, Washington KT, Wintemberg JJ, Williams AS, Redman SD.

“Just let me go”: end-of-life planning among Ojibwe elders.
Gerontologist. 2016;[Epub ahead of print] Dennis MK, Washington KT.

Lessons learned from a clinical-research partnership in outpatient palliative care.
Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2016;34(26 suppl):238.
Washington KT, Huenke DL.

Pain in hospice patients with dementia: the informal caregiver experience.
American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias. 2016;31(6):524-529.
Tarter R, Demiris G, Pike K, Washington KT, Parker Oliver DR.

Parenting during residency: providing support for Dr Mom and Dr Dad.
Family Medicine. 2016;48(2):140-144.
Morris LE, Cronk NJ, Washington KT.

Perspectives of health care providers on US South Asians’ attitudes toward pain management at end of life.
American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine. 2016;33(9):849-857.
Khosla N, Washington KT, Regunath H.

Response to “Parenting During Residency.”
Family Medicine. 2016;48(6):488-489.
Morris LE, Cronk NJ, Washington KT.

Social workers as behavioral health consultants in the primary care clinic.
Health & Social Work. 2016;41(3):196-200.
Mann CC, Golden JH, Cronk NJ, Gale JK, Hogan TM, Washington KT.

The social convoy for family caregivers over the course of hospice.
Journal of Pain & Symptom Management. 2016;51(2):213-219.
Albright DL, Washington KT, Parker Oliver DR, Lewis A, Kruse RL, Demiris G.

Trends in Engagement in Advance Care Planning Behaviors and the Role of Socioeconomic Status.
American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine. 2016;33(7):651-657.
Khosla N, Curl AL, Washington KT.

2015

Anxiety among informal hospice caregivers: An exploratory study.
Palliative Support Care. 2015;13(3):567-573.
Washington KT, Demiris G, Pike KC, Kruse RL, Oliver DP.

Coping responses among hospice family caregivers: a confirmatory factor analysis.
Journal of Pain & Symptom Management. 2015;50(6):867-873.
Washington KT, Rakes CR.

Experiences of sexual and gender minorities caring for adults with non-AIDS-related chronic illnesses.
Social Work Research. 2015;39(2):71-81.
Washington KT, McElroy J, Albright D, Parker Oliver D, Lewis A, Meadows S, Elliott S.

Gender differences in caregiving at end of life: implications for hospice teams.
Journal of Palliative Medicine. 2015;18(12):1048-1053.
Washington KT, Pike KC, Demiris G, Parker Oliver DR, Albright DL, Lewis AM.

It is the ‘starting over’ part that is so hard: using an online group to support hospice bereavement.
Palliative Support Care. 2015;13(2):351-357.
Wittenberg-Lyles E, Washington K, Oliver DP, Shaunfield S, Gage LA, Mooney M, Lewis A.

Lessons learned from a secret Facebook support group.
Health & Social Work. 2015;40(2):125-133.
Parker Oliver D, Washington K, Gage A, Mooney M, Wittenberg-Lyles E, Demiris G.

Randomized clinical trials in US hospices: challenges and the current state of the art.
Clinical Investigation. 2015;5(11):839-846.
Kruse RL, Gage LA, Washington KT, Parker Oliver DR.

The stress of sadness: the most stressful symptoms for hospice family caregivers.
American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care. 2015;32(7):745-749.
Ratkowski KL, Washington KT, Craig KW, Albright DL.

Unique characteristics of informal hospice cancer caregiving.
Supportive Care in Cancer. 2015;23(7):2121-2128.
Washington KT, Pike KC, Demiris G, Oliver DP.