Diana Wilkie, a member of the National Academy of Medicine, has devoted her research program to cancer pain and sickle cell disease management, palliative care and end-of-life issues. She also specializes in the use of informatics to promote patient-centered care, support big data science and develop biobehavioral therapies for cancer pain. She has created a tablet-based pain report system that allows a patient to describe their pain and recently completed a randomized clinical trial testing the effects of computerized pain tools on pain control for cancer patients receiving hospice care. Wilkie’s research is also dedicated to eliminating health disparities.
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National Cancer Institute Awards $16 million Grant to Establish a Cancer Health Equity Center
Led at University of Florida by program directors Folakemi T. Odedina, PhD. and Diana Wilkie, PhD, RN, FAAN, the new Health Equity Center, called the Florida-California Cancer Research, Education and Engagement or CaRE,2, will bring together researchers from Florida and California.
Acupuncture could ease women's vulvar pain
The women will receive two treatments per week for five weeks. Thirteen needles will be used at various points on the body; none in the genitalia, Schlaeger said. Prior to the start and at the end of the study, the women's vulvar discomfort will be recorded using a computerized pain reporting tool developed by former UIC and current University of Florida nursing professor Diana Wilkie.
Diana Wilkie works to bring palliative care to forefront
University of Florida Health online
Diana Wilkie firmly believes that palliative care isn’t only for people with life-threatening illnesses. While some associate palliative care primarily with end-of-life care, she says it should be available to anyone suffering from pain.
Internationally known pain researcher named as endowed professor
UF Health online
An internationally known pain specialist who specializes in palliative and end-of-life care has joined the University of Florida College of Nursing as the Prairieview Trust-Earl and Margo Powers Endowed Professor. Diana J. Wilkie, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, comes to UF from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she served as professor and Harriet J. Werley Endowed Chair for Nursing Research. She joined UF on Jan. 1.
Description of a training protocol to improve research reproducibility for dignity therapy: an interview-based interventionPalliative & Supportive Care
Dignity Therapy (DT) has been implemented over the past 20 years, but a detailed training protocol is not available to facilitate consistency of its implementation. Consistent training positively impacts intervention reproducibility.
Ethics and Society: Physician Assisted Suicide and White EthnocentrismJournal of Pain and Symptom Management
Discourse around physician assisted suicide (PAS) has centered on individual choice including the ethics of individual rights and prerogatives of both patients and physicians. This discourse has been so highly charged that even terms to describe this activity, e.g. aid in dying, physician assisted dying, among others, has been a source of heated debate. We use the term assisted suicide, with dispassionate intent, to describe the medically supported and self-directed ending of one's life, as this term, from the Latin, sui (self) and cide (killing), is literal.
Multidimensional Pain Characteristics in Older Adults with Chronic Venous Leg UlcersAdvances in Wound Care
Pain affects wound healing, treatment, and quality of life because it has significant impacts on physical, psychological, and social wellbeing. Despite the fact that more than half of chronic venous leg ulcer (CVLU) patients experience mild to moderate pain, the multidimensional characteristics of CVLU pain are not well documented.
Prevalence, Predictors and Correlates of Religious and Spiritual Struggles in Palliative Cancer PatientsJournal of Pain and Symptom Management
Religion and spirituality (r/s) are important resources in coping with cancer. However, there are aspects of r/s, such as religious and spiritual struggles, found to be associated with poorer outcomes. A new measure has been adapted from the Religious and Spiritual Struggles Scale (RSS) to assess r/s struggles: the RSS-14. This concise measure allows for the assessment of multiple types of r/s struggles for people from different religious backgrounds or none.
Pain, symptom distress, and pain barriers by age among patients with cancer receiving hospice care: Comparison of baseline dataJournal of Geriatric Oncology
Age group differences have been reported for pain and symptom presentations in outpatient and inpatient oncology settings, but it is unknown if these differences occur in hospice. We examined whether there were differences in pain, symptom distress, pain barriers, and comorbidities among three age groups (20–64 years, 65–84 years, and 85+) of hospice patients with cancer.
- National Academy of Medicine : Member
- American Academy of Nursing : Fellow
- Journal of Palliative Medicine : Reviewer
- Cancer Nursing : Reviewer
- Journal of Pain : Reviewer