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Lauren Hunt, PhD, RN, FNP

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Physiological Nursing
SchoolSchool of Nursing
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/NINR 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. Harrison KL, Ritchie CS, Patel K, Hunt LJ, Covinsky KE, Yaffe K, Smith AK. Care Settings and Clinical Characteristics of Older Adults with Moderately Severe Dementia. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019 Aug 07. PMID: 31389002.
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    2. Harrison KL, Hunt LJ, Ritchie CS, Yaffe K. Dying With Dementia: Underrecognized and Stigmatized. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019 Mar 25. PMID: 30908605.
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    3. Hunt LJ, Smith AK. High Symptom Burden in Older Adults: A Clarion Call for Geriatrics and Palliative Care Research and Training. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019 Feb; 67(2):208-210. PMID: 30548451.
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    4. Hunt LJ, Ritchie CS, Cataldo JK, Patel K, Stephens CE, Smith AK. Pain and Emergency Department Use in the Last Month of Life Among Older Adults With Dementia. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2018 Dec; 56(6):871-877.e7. PMID: 30223013.
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    5. Hunt LJ, Coombs LA, Stephens CE. 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. PMID: 29355877.
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    6. Stephens CE, Hunt LJ, Bui N, Halifax E, Ritchie CS, Lee SJ. Palliative Care Eligibility, Symptom Burden, and Quality-of-Life Ratings in Nursing Home Residents. JAMA Intern Med. 2018 01 01; 178(1):141-142. PMID: 29159368.
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    7. Hunt LJ, Lee SJ, Harrison KL, Smith AK. 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. PMID: 29265949.
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    8. Coombs LA, Hunt L, Cataldo J. A scoping review of the nurse practitioner workforce in oncology. Cancer Med. 2016 08; 5(8):1908-16. PMID: 27264203.
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    9. Hunt LJ, Covinsky KE, Yaffe K, Stephens CE, Miao Y, Boscardin WJ, Smith AK. 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. PMID: 26200445.
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