Lauren Hunt, PhD, RN, FNP

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Physiological Nursing
SchoolSchool of Nursing
Address2 Koret Way
San Francisco CA 94143
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0002-2731-2173 Additional info
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    Columbia University, New York City, NYB.A.05/2002Environmental Biology
    Boston College, Chestnut Hall, MARN/MSN05/2007Family Nurse Practitioner
    UCSF, San Francisco, CAPhD04/2018Gerontological and Palliative Care Nursing
    San Francisco VA Health Care Center, San FranciscoFellowship06/2019Quality Improvement
    UCSF, San FranciscoFellowshipAtlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health
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    UCSF Claude D. Pepper Center2019  - 2020Research Education Component Scholar
    UCSF Global Brain Health Institute2019  - 2020Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health
    National Palliative Care Research Center2019  - 2021Kornfield Scholar
    UCSF2018UCSF School of Nursing Distinguished Dissertation Award
    National Institute for Nursing Research2014  - 2017Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Recipient
    UCSF2013  - 2014John A. Hartford Center for Gerontological Nursing Excellence/Jeanie Kaiser Jones Scholarship
    Boston College2005Tuition Remission Award

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    I am PhD-trained nurse practitioner and health services researcher with a research focus on understanding the geriatric palliative care needs and experiences of older adults with dementia across care settings. My research questions are driven by my professional experiences as a clinician working with seriously-ill older adults in acute care, hospice, and outpatient clinics, where I have witnessed firsthand how gaps in current care models negatively impact patients and families.

    My vision is to help older adults, particularly those with dementia, to live and die as comfortably and peacefully as possible. To that end, my research has focused on three main areas: 1) End-of-life health service use and quality of care in older adults with dementia; 2) Geriatric palliative care needs in vulnerable older adults across settings; 3) Potentially burdensome interventions and transitions in vulnerable older adults. I also have a methodological interest in using existing datasets to answers questions in these domains.

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    The Impact of Live Discharge from Hospice on Burdensome Transitions in the Last Month of Life for Persons with Dementia
    NIH/NCATS KL2 TR001870Jul 1, 2019 - Jun 30, 2022
    Role: Faculty Scholar
    Potentially Burdensome Health Care Use Following Live Discharge from Hospice for Patients with Dementia
    National Palliative Care Research Center Jul 1, 2019 - Jun 30, 2021
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Live Discharge from Hospice: Impact on Burdensome Transitions in the Last Month of Life in Persons with Dementia
    NIH/NIA UCSF Pepper Center P30 AG04428Jul 1, 2019 - Jun 30, 2020
    Role: Research Education Component Scholar
    State of the Future in Global Aging, Dementia & Mental Health: Bridging Leadership, Science, Practice and Policy
    NIH/NIA R13AG056140Jul 1, 2017 - Jun 30, 2019
    Role: Co-facilitator, Building the Science workgroup
    Outcomes of Pain in Community-Dwelling Older Adults with Dementia
    NIH F31NR015380Jan 1, 2015 - Dec 31, 2017
    Role: Principal Investigator
    T32 Nurse Research Training in Symptom Management
    NIH/NINR T32 NR07088Sep 27, 2012 - Dec 31, 2014
    Role: Predoctoral trainee

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    1. Opening the black box: Evaluating the care of people with serious illness in Medicare Advantage. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2021 Jun 30. Ankuda CK, Hunt LJ. PMID: 34192344.
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    2. Live discharge from hospice for people living with dementia isn't "graduating"-It's getting expelled. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2021 Jun; 69(6):1457-1460. Hunt LJ, Harrison KL. PMID: 33855701.
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    3. Improving End-of-Life Care for Persons Living With Dementia: Bereaved Caregivers' Observations and Recommendations. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2021 Feb 05. Yeh JC, Newman J, Main R, Hunt LJ. PMID: 33556499.
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    4. "It's Case by Case, and It's a Struggle": A Qualitative Study of Hospice Practices, Perspectives, and Ethical Dilemmas When Caring for Hospice Enrollees with Full-Code Status or Intensive Treatment Preferences. J Palliat Med. 2021 04; 24(4):496-504. Dressler G, Garrett SB, Hunt LJ, Thompson N, Mahoney K, Sudore RL, Ritchie CS, Harrison KL. PMID: 33237830.
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    5. "Goals of Care Conversations Don't Fit in a Box": Hospice Staff Experiences and Perceptions of Advance Care Planning Quality Measurement. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2021 May; 61(5):917-927. Hunt LJ, Garrett SB, Dressler G, Sudore R, Ritchie CS, Harrison KL. PMID: 33096214.
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    6. Fingerstick Glucose Monitoring in Veterans Affairs Nursing Home Residents with Diabetes Mellitus. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2021 Feb; 69(2):424-431. Jeon SY, Shi Y, Lee AK, Hunt L, Lipska K, Boscardin J, Lee S. PMID: 33064879.
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    7. Original Research: Understanding Nursing Home Staff Attitudes Toward Death and Dying: A Survey. Am J Nurs. 2020 08; 120(8):24-31. Bui N, Halifax E, David D, Hunt L, Uy E, Ritchie C, Stephens C. PMID: 32665510.
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    8. Improving care for older adults in the Emergency Department warrants greater investment in geriatric nursing-Stat! Geriatr Nurs. 2020 May - Jun; 41(3):345-346. Hunt LJ. PMID: 32307221.
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    9. Transitioning to Life in a Nursing Home: The Potential Role of Palliative Care. J Palliat Care. 2021 Jan; 36(1):61-65. Halifax E, Bui NM, Hunt LJ, Stephens CE. PMID: 32106767.
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    10. Palliative Care in the Nursing Home-Shifting Paradigms. JAMA Intern Med. 2020 02 01; 180(2):243-244. Hunt LJ, Stephens CE, Smith AK. PMID: 31710331.
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    11. Glycemic Over- and Undertreatment in VA Nursing Home Residents with Type 2 Diabetes: a Retrospective Cohort Study. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 06; 35(6):1900-1902. Lederle L, Jing B, Rodriguez A, Hunt LJ, Lee SJ. PMID: 31705477.
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    12. Care Settings and Clinical Characteristics of Older Adults with Moderately Severe Dementia. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019 09; 67(9):1907-1912. Harrison KL, Ritchie CS, Patel K, Hunt LJ, Covinsky KE, Yaffe K, Smith AK. PMID: 31389002.
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    13. Dying With Dementia: Underrecognized and Stigmatized. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019 08; 67(8):1548-1551. Harrison KL, Hunt LJ, Ritchie CS, Yaffe K. PMID: 30908605.
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    14. High Symptom Burden in Older Adults: A Clarion Call for Geriatrics and Palliative Care Research and Training. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019 02; 67(2):208-210. Hunt LJ, Smith AK. PMID: 30548451.
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    15. Pain and Emergency Department Use in the Last Month of Life Among Older Adults With Dementia. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2018 12; 56(6):871-877.e7. Hunt LJ, Ritchie CS, Cataldo JK, Patel K, Stephens CE, Smith AK. PMID: 30223013.
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    16. Emergency Department Use by Community-Dwelling Individuals With Dementia in the United States: An Integrative Review. J Gerontol Nurs. 2018 Mar 01; 44(3):23-30. Hunt LJ, Coombs LA, Stephens CE. PMID: 29355877.
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    17. Palliative Care Eligibility, Symptom Burden, and Quality-of-Life Ratings in Nursing Home Residents. JAMA Intern Med. 2018 01 01; 178(1):141-142. Stephens CE, Hunt LJ, Bui N, Halifax E, Ritchie CS, Lee SJ. PMID: 29159368.
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    18. Secondary Analysis of Existing Datasets for Dementia and Palliative Care Research: High-Value Applications and Key Considerations. J Palliat Med. 2018 02; 21(2):130-142. Hunt LJ, Lee SJ, Harrison KL, Smith AK. PMID: 29265949.
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    19. A scoping review of the nurse practitioner workforce in oncology. Cancer Med. 2016 08; 5(8):1908-16. Coombs LA, Hunt L, Cataldo J. PMID: 27264203.
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    20. Pain in Community-Dwelling Older Adults with Dementia: Results from the National Health and Aging Trends Study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2015 Aug; 63(8):1503-11. Hunt LJ, Covinsky KE, Yaffe K, Stephens CE, Miao Y, Boscardin WJ, Smith AK. PMID: 26200445.
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