Diana Wilkie, RN, PhD, FAAN, a professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago College of Nursing, and her team recently received news that they were selected for funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. The title of their grant is Computerized PAINRelieveIt Protocol for Cancer Pain Control in Hospice, and they will receive more than $1.85 million during the next three years.
Wilkies research has been continuously funded for 27 years with grants totaling more than $32 million from four different institutes at the National Institutes of Health and a variety of foundations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Her previous research has earned her many awards from regional, national and international organizations.
In 2012, Dr. Wilkie received a University of Illinois Scholar Award and was selected to the Institute of Medicine. She is also the Harriet H. Werley Endowed Chair for Nursing Research at UIC. She has been a pain specialist since 1984 and became a full professor in 1999.
Funding from the PCORI grant will allow the team to address unrelieved cancer pain at the end of life. This project builds on an approach in outpatient oncology clinics, and the study will test PAINRelieveIt, a system-level intervention of computerized tools with patient-reported pain outcomes, decision support for clinicians and multimedia education tailored to each cancer patient and lay caregiver.