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Doranne Donesky, RN, PhD, NP

Title(s)Professor Emeritus, Physiological Nursing
SchoolSchool of Nursing
Phone415-476-0984
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    University of California, San FranciscoPh.D.2003 Nursing
    University of California, San FranciscoM.S.1990 Nursing

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    Prior to her transition to Professor Emeritus at UCSF, Dr. Donesky was Director of Interprofessional Palliative Care Education at the UCSF School of Nursing. She founded the academic minor in palliative care for advanced practice nursing students in 2014 and collaborated with colleagues from medicine, social work, and spiritual care to inaugurate Practice-PC, an interprofessional continuing education course in palliative care for practicing clinicians. She continues as Founder and Nurse Lead for Practice-PC, which is now sponsored by the UCSF Division of Palliative Medicine.

    Her research focuses on non-pharmacologic symptom management interventions for people with chronic lung disease. Projects include a Tele-Yoga program using simplified interactive multipoint videoconferencing technology for patients with both COPD and heart failure, and innovative models of care for patients with chronic illness living in rural communities where palliative care and hospice are not available.

    She practices as a nurse practitioner at Queen of the Valley Hospital on the inpatient palliative care service. She also facilitates a Zoom-based distance Better Breathers group where she works with people living with chronic lung disease and their families.

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    1. Donesky D, de Leon K, Bailey A, Doorenbos A, Fink R, Hurd C, Ling P, Kitko L. Excellence in Postlicensure Interprofessional Palliative Care Education: Consensus Through a Delphi Survey. J Hosp Palliat Nurs. 2020 Feb; 22(1):17-25. PMID: 31770160.
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    2. Donesky D, Sprague E, Joseph D. A New Perspective on Spiritual Care: Collaborative Chaplaincy and Nursing Practice. ANS Adv Nurs Sci. 2020 Jan 09. PMID: 31922988.
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    3. Donesky D, Anderson WG, Joseph RD, Sumser B, Reid TT. TeamTalk: Interprofessional Team Development and Communication Skills Training. J Palliat Med. 2020 Jan; 23(1):40-47. PMID: 31381469.
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    4. Ferrell B, Buller H, Paice J, Anderson W, Donesky D. End-of-Life Nursing and Education Consortium Communication Curriculum for Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Teams. J Palliat Med. 2019 Sep; 22(9):1082-1091. PMID: 30985246.
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    5. Dahlin C, Sanders J, Calton B, DeSanto-Madeya S, Donesky D, Lakin JR, Roeland E, Scherer JS, Walling A, Williams B. The Cambia Sojourns Scholars Leadership Program: Projects and Reflections on Leadership in Palliative Care. J Palliat Med. 2019 Jul; 22(7):823-829. PMID: 30810459.
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    6. Huang B, De Vore D, Chirinos C, Wolf J, Low D, Willard-Grace R, Tsao S, Garvey C, Donesky D, Su G, Thom DH. Strategies for recruitment and retention of underrepresented populations with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for a clinical trial. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2019 02 21; 19(1):39. PMID: 30791871.
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    7. DorAnne Donesky. Dyspnea, Cough, and Terminal Secretions. Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing. 2019 Feb 1; 217-229.
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    8. Betty R. Ferrell, Haley Buller, Wendy Anderson, Judith A. Paice, Doranne Donesky. Interdisciplinary palliative care communication for quality palliative care: Outcomes of a statewide train-the-trainer course. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2018 Dec 1; 36(34_suppl):83-83.
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    9. Disler RT, Inglis SC, Newton P, Currow DC, Macdonald PS, Glanville AR, Donesky D, Carrieri-Kohlman V, Davidson PM. Older Patients' Perspectives of Online Health Approaches in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Telemed J E Health. 2019 Sep; 25(9):840-846. PMID: 30394859.
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    10. Thom DH, Willard-Grace R, Tsao S, Hessler D, Huang B, DeVore D, Chirinos C, Wolf J, Donesky D, Garvey C, Su G. Randomized Controlled Trial of Health Coaching for Vulnerable Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2018 10; 15(10):1159-1168. PMID: 30130430.
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    11. Jones C, Puntillo K, Donesky D, McAdam JL. Family Members' Experiences With Bereavement in the Intensive Care Unit. Am J Crit Care. 2018 07; 27(4):312-321. PMID: 29961667.
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    12. Floren LC, Donesky D, Whitaker E, Irby DM, Ten Cate O, O'Brien BC. Are We on the Same Page? Shared Mental Models to Support Clinical Teamwork Among Health Professions Learners: A Scoping Review. Acad Med. 2018 03; 93(3):498-509. PMID: 29028635.
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    13. DorAnne Donesky, F. Amos Bailey, Ardith Doorenbos, Regina Fink, Caroline Hurd, Lisa Kitko. In Pursuit of Excellence: Post-Licensure Interprofessional Education in Palliative Care (TH311). Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 2018 Feb 1; 55(2):564-565.
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    14. Donesky D, Selman L, McDermott K, Citron T, Howie-Esquivel J. Evaluation of the Feasibility of a Home-Based TeleYoga Intervention in Participants with Both Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Heart Failure. J Altern Complement Med. 2017 Sep; 23(9):713-721. PMID: 28654302.
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    15. Margaret Campbell, Lynn F. Reinke, DorAnne Donesky, Deborah Thorpe, Beth Fahlberg, Alison Walsh. Evidence-Based Interventions for Treating Dyspnea in Advanced Disease and at the End of Life: A Report from the HPNA Dyspnea Task Force (TH301). Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 2017 Feb 1; 53(2):313-314.
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    16. Barbara Head, Susan Breakwell, DorAnne Donesky. Interprofessional Education in Palliative Care: A Report from the Trenches (TH364). Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 2017 Feb 1; 53(2):342.
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    17. Suba S, Donesky D, Scruth EA, Carrieri-Kohlman V. Association Between Clinical Nurse Specialist's Presence and Open Visitation in US Intensive Care Units. Clin Nurse Spec. 2017 Jan/Feb; 31(1):30-35. PMID: 27906731.
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    18. Almukhaini SJ, Donesky D, Scruth EA. OMAN: The Emergence of the Clinical Nurse Specialist. Clin Nurse Spec. 2016 Mar-Apr; 30(2):71-3. PMID: 26848894.
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    19. DorAnne Donesky, Tom Reid, Denah Joseph, Wendy Anderson. TeamTalk: Interprofessional Team Development and Communication Skills Training (FR482B). Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 2016 Feb 1; 51(2):382-383.
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    20. Currow DC, Abernethy AP, Allcroft P, Banzett RB, Bausewein C, Booth S, Carrieri-Kohlman V, Davidson P, Disler R, Donesky D, Dudgeon D, Ekstrom M, Farquhar M, Higginson I, Janssen D, Jensen D, Jolley C, Krajnik M, Laveneziana P, McDonald C, Maddocks M, Morelot-Panzini C, Moxham J, Mularski RA, Noble S, O'Donnell D, Parshall MB, Pattinson K, Phillips J, Ross J, Schwartzstein RM, Similowski T, Simon ST, Smith T, Wells A, Yates P, Yorke J, Johnson MJ. The need to research refractory breathlessness. Eur Respir J. 2016 Jan; 47(1):342-3. PMID: 26721965.
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    21. Rebecca Disler, Jessica Appleton, Tracy Smith, Matthew Hodson, Sally Inglis, Doranne Donesky, Patricia Mary Davidson. Empowerment in people with COPD. Patient Intelligence. 2015 Dec 1; Volume 8:7-20.
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    22. Donesky D. Management of acute breathlessness in the person with chronic refractory breathlessness. Curr Opin Support Palliat Care. 2015 Sep; 9(3):212-6. PMID: 26147913.
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    23. Sedillo R, Openshaw MM, Cataldo J, Donesky D, Boit JM, Tarus A, Thompson LM. A Pilot Study of Palliative Care Provider Self-competence and Priorities for Education in Kenya. J Hosp Palliat Nurs. 2015 Aug; 17(4):356-363. PMID: 28539840.
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    24. Sedillo, R; Openshaw, M; Cataldo, J; Donesky, D; Boit, J; Tarus, A; Thompson, L.A Pilot Study of Palliative Care Provider Self-competence and Priorities for Education in Kenya. Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing. 2015; 17(4):356–363.
    25. Disler RT, Inglis SC, Newton PJ, Currow DC, Macdonald PS, Glanville AR, Donesky D, Carrieri-Kohlman V, Davidson PM. Patterns of technology use in patients attending a cardiopulmonary outpatient clinic: a self-report survey. Interact J Med Res. 2015 Mar 06; 4(1):e5. PMID: 25798814.
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    26. Selman L, McDermott K, Donesky D, Citron T, Howie-Esquivel J. Appropriateness and acceptability of a Tele-Yoga intervention for people with heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: qualitative findings from a controlled pilot study. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2015 Feb 07; 15:21. PMID: 25887324.
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    27. Donesky D, Citron TL, Hilling L, Cayou C, Milic MM. Additional Evidence for the Long-Term Benefits of Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Respir Care. 2015 Aug; 60(8):1120-9. PMID: 25605958.
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    28. Schneidman A, Reinke L, Donesky D, Carrieri-Kohlman V. Patient information series. Sudden breathlessness crisis. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2014 Mar 01; 189(5):P9-10. PMID: 24579844.
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    29. Mularski RA, Reinke LF, Carrieri-Kohlman V, Fischer MD, Campbell ML, Rocker G, Schneidman A, Jacobs SS, Arnold R, Benditt JO, Booth S, Byock I, Chan GK, Curtis JR, Donesky D, Hansen-Flaschen J, Heffner J, Klein R, Limberg TM, Manning HL, Morrison RS, Ries AL, Schmidt GA, Selecky PA, Truog RD, Wang AC, White DB. An official American Thoracic Society workshop report: assessment and palliative management of dyspnea crisis. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2013 Oct; 10(5):S98-106. PMID: 24161068.
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    30. Donesky D, Nguyen HQ, Paul SM, Carrieri-Kohlman V. The affective dimension of dyspnea improves in a dyspnea self-management program with exercise training. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2014 Apr; 47(4):757-71. PMID: 23954497.
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    31. Janice Humphreys, Susan Janson, DorAnne Donesky, Kathleen Dracup, Kathryn A. Lee, Kathleen Puntillo, Julia A. Faucett, Bradley Aouizerat, Christine Miaskowski, Christina Baggott, Virginia Carrieri-Kohlman, Mary Barger, Linda Franck, Christine Kennedy. Theory of Symptom Management. Middle Range Theory for Nursing. 2013 May 1.
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    32. Park SK, Stotts NA, Douglas MK, Donesky-Cuenco D, Carrieri-Kohlman V. Dyspnea coping strategies in Korean immigrants with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. J Transcult Nurs. 2014 Jan; 25(1):60-9. PMID: 24346615.
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    33. Nguyen HQ, Donesky D, Reinke LF, Wolpin S, Chyall L, Benditt JO, Paul SM, Carrieri-Kohlman V. Internet-based dyspnea self-management support for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2013 Jul; 46(1):43-55. PMID: 23073395.
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    34. Ryerson CJ, Donesky D, Pantilat SZ, Collard HR. Dyspnea in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: a systematic review. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2012 Apr; 43(4):771-82. PMID: 22285287.
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    35. Donesky D, Melendez M, Nguyen HQ, Carrieri-Kohlman V. A responder analysis of the effects of yoga for individuals with COPD: who benefits and how? Int J Yoga Therap. 2012; (22):23-36. PMID: 23070669.
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    36. DorAnne M. Donesky. Integrative Therapies for People with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Integrative Therapies in Lung Health and Sleep. 2012 Jan 1; 63-101.
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    37. Park SK, Stotts NA, Douglas MK, Donesky-Cuenco D, Carrieri-Kohlman V. Symptoms and functional performance in Korean immigrants with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Heart Lung. 2012 May; 41(3):226-37. PMID: 22054719.
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    38. Donesky D, Janson SL, Nguyen HQ, Neuhaus J, Neilands TB, Carrieri-Kohlman V. Determinants of frequency, duration, and continuity of home walking in patients with COPD. Geriatr Nurs. 2011 May-Jun; 32(3):178-87. PMID: 21501900.
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    39. Wolpin S, Nguyen HQ, Donesky-Cuenco D, Carrieri-Kohlman V, Doorenbos A. Effects of automated prompts for logging symptom and exercise data on mobile devices in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Comput Inform Nurs. 2011 Feb; 29(2):75-80. PMID: 21048498.
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    40. Reinke LF, Griffith RG, Wolpin S, Donesky-Cuenco D, Carrieri-Kohlman V, Nguyen HQ. Feasibility of a webinar for coaching patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on end-of-life communication. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2011 May; 28(3):147-52. PMID: 20834035.
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    41. Carrieri-Kohlman V, Donesky-Cuenco D, Park SK, Mackin L, Nguyen HQ, Paul SM. Additional evidence for the affective dimension of dyspnea in patients with COPD. Res Nurs Health. 2010 Feb; 33(1):4-19. PMID: 19937752.
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    42. Donesky-Cuenco D, Nguyen HQ, Paul S, Carrieri-Kohlman V. Yoga therapy decreases dyspnea-related distress and improves functional performance in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a pilot study. J Altern Complement Med. 2009 Mar; 15(3):225-34. PMID: 19249998.
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    43. Nguyen HQ, Donesky-Cuenco D, Wolpin S, Reinke LF, Benditt JO, Paul SM, Carrieri-Kohlman V. Randomized controlled trial of an internet-based versus face-to-face dyspnea self-management program for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: pilot study. J Med Internet Res. 2008 Apr 16; 10(2):e9. PMID: 18417444.
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    44. Nguyen HQ, Donesky-Cuenco D, Carrieri-Kohlman V. Associations between symptoms, functioning, and perceptions of mastery with global self-rated health in patients with COPD: a cross-sectional study. Int J Nurs Stud. 2008 Sep; 45(9):1355-65. PMID: 17983617.
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    45. Donesky-Cuenco D, Janson S, Neuhaus J, Neilands TB, Carrieri-Kohlman V. Adherence to a home-walking prescription in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Heart Lung. 2007 Sep-Oct; 36(5):348-63. PMID: 17845881.
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    46. Nguyen HQ, Cuenco D, Wolpin S, Benditt J, Carrieri-Kohlman V. Methodological considerations in evaluating eHealth interventions. Can J Nurs Res. 2007 Mar; 39(1):116-34. PMID: 17450708.
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    47. Nguyen HQ, Wolpin S, Chiang KC, Cuenco D, Carrieri-Kohlman V. Exercise and symptom monitoring with a mobile device. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2006; 1047. PMID: 17238666.
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    48. Carrieri-Kohlman V, Nguyen HQ, Donesky-Cuenco D, Demir-Deviren S, Neuhaus J, Stulbarg MS. Impact of brief or extended exercise training on the benefit of a dyspnea self-management program in COPD. J Cardiopulm Rehabil. 2005 Sep-Oct; 25(5):275-84. PMID: 16217231.
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