Academic Staff

Tom Hack, BComm, BSc, MA, PhD
Professor

E: thack@sbrc.ca
P: 204.235-3791
F: 204.233.7214

 

 

 Education
 
BComm (distinction), University of Saskatchewan
BSc (honours), University of Calgary
MA, University of Manitoba
PhD, University of Manitoba
 
 Other Appointments (Academic/Research)

 
Research Chair in Psychosocial and Supportive Care Oncology Research, Canadian Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 2012-2015.

Honourary Professor, University of Central Lancashire, UK, 2011-present.

Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, 2010-present.

Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, 2005-2010.

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba,   Canada, 2000-2005.

Affiliate Scientist, Centre for Behavioural Research and Program Evaluation, Faculty of  Applied Health Sciences, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, 2003– present.
 

 Specialty/Clinical/Teaching Areas
 
Clinical Interests: Psychosocial Oncology, Knowledge Translation

Teaching Areas: Psychosocial Adjustment to Illness; Research Methods
  

 Current Research

Hack, T.F., Ruether, J.D., Pitz, M., Degner, L.F. Impact of treatment consultation recordings on cancer patient outcomes: A prospective, parallel, randomized controlled trial. Canadian Institutes of Health Research. April 1, 2013 – March 31, 2016. Total: $178,590

Hack, T.F., Jardine, C. Consultation recording implementation and audit. CancerCare Manitoba Infrastructure Grant, November 23, 2012 – June 30, 2014. Total: $18,487.

Hack, T.F. Research chair in psychosocial and supportive care oncology research, Canadian Breast Cancer Research Foundation, September 1, 2012 – August 31, 2015. Total: $600,000 over 3 years.

Sinclair, S., Chochinov, H., McClement, S. E., Hack, T., Raffin Bouchal, S., Hagen, N. Understanding Compassion at the End of Life: Informing and Shaping Spiritual Care. Canadian Institutes of Health Research. April 1, 2013 – September 30, 2014. Total: $88,410

Schofield, P., Butow, P., Hack T.F., Tattersall, M., Hale, S, Jefford, M. A phase II randomised controlled trial of consultation audio recordings plus question prompt lists for people with cancer from Greek, Chinese, or Arabic background. National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. November 1, 2012 –October 30, 2015. Total: 609,493 (AUD); 624,987 (CAD).

Chochinov, H.M., McClement, S., Hack, T.F., Enns, M., Harlos, M., Johnston, W., Davison, S., Dumont, R., Zacharias, J., Ramsey, C., Strang, D. Personhood & dignity at end-of-life within non-cancer populations.  Canadian Institutes of Health Research - Meetings, Planning and Dissemination Grant. November 1, 2012 – October 31, 2013. Total: $22,700.

Chochinov, H.M., McClement, S., Hack, T.F., Thompson, G., Harlos, M., Lobchuk, M. Dignity talk: A phase-1 trial of a palliative care intervention for patients and their families. Canadian Institutes of Health Research. October 1, 2012 –September 30, 2015. Total: $258,504.

Chochinov, H., McClement, S., Hack, T., Harlos, M., Hassard, T., Enns, M., Zacharias, J., Ramsey, C., Richman-Eisenstat, J., Strang, D., Johnson, W., Davison, S., Damant, R. Dignity and distress across end-of-life populations. Canadian Institutes of Health Research.  April 1, 2009 – March 31, 2013. Total: $606,000.

Thompson, G., Chochinov, H.M., Hack, T.F., McClement, S., Rogers, K., & St. John, P. Developing a question prompt sheet for family caregivers of older adults with dementia in long-term care. Manitoba Health Research Council. July, 2011- August, 2014. Total: $152,054

Chochinov, H.M., McClement, S., Hassard, T., Hack, T.F., Harlos, M., Thompson, G. The Patient Dignity Question (PDQ): A novel approach to enhancing care for patients near the end-of-life. Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute. July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2013; Total: $137,000.

Hack, T., Degner, L., Ruether, D., Weir, L., Latosinsky, S., Grenier, D. Addressing “evidence” and “context” to facilitate the transfer and uptake of consultation recording use in oncology: A knowledge translation implementation study. Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance/Canadian Institutes of Health Research. October 1, 2008 – March 31, 2013. Total: $288,380.

Loiselle, C.G., Bottorff, J.L., Hack, T.F., Carlson, L., Maunsell, E., Howell, D., Oliffe, J., Grunfeld, E.  PORT: Psychosocial oncology research training program (PORT): A renewal application. Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research (STIHR) Canadian Institutes of Health Research. April 1, 2009 – March 31, 2015. Total: $1,950,000. 
  

 Recent Grants

Thomas-MacLean, R., Hack, T., Kwan, W., Miedema, B., Quinlan, K., Tatemichi, S., Tilley, A., Towers, A. Long-term disability after breast cancer: Developing an empirical foundation for education, prevention and rehabilitation. Canadian Institutes of Health Research. April 1, 2009 – March 31, 2013. Total: $664,660.

Thomas, R., Egan, M., Hack, T., Hamilton, R., Kasperski, J., Kennedy, A., Kwan, W., Lanning, B., Miedema, B., Moffatt, C., Poitras, S., Quinlan, E., Tatemichi, S., Tilley, A., Towers, A. Community-based primary health care and lymphedema: Investigating the problem and potential for care. Canadian Institutes of Health Research: Meetings, Planning and Dissemination Grant. December 1, 2011 – November 30, 2012. Total: $25,000.

Chochinov, H., Gagnon, P., McClement, S., Hack, T., Hassard, T., Harlos, M., Taylor-Brown, J., Barrington, V., Ellwood, A., Manii, D., Marshall, D., Mayer, C., McLeod, D., Morris, J., Sellick, S., Slaven, M., Stiles, C., Turnbull, G., Wainwright, W. National patient dignity inventory study. National Cancer Institute of Canada. July 1, 2008 – June 30, 2011. Total: $446,050.

McClement, S., Chochinov, H., Hack, T., Harlos, M., Hassard, T., Thompson, G., Hagen, N., Sinclair, S., & Murray, A. Assessing the relevance of the Patient Dignity Inventory (PDI) in identifying distress and influencing clinical care in palliative care. Canadian Institutes of Health Research. September 1, 2009 – August 30, 2010. Total: $100,000. In addition, Manitoba Health Research Council Regional Partnership Program. Total: $55,908. Grand Total: $155,908.

Hack, T., Degner, L., Ruether, D., Weir, L., Latosinsky, S., Grenier, D. Addressing “evidence” and “context” to facilitate the adoption and diffusion of consultation recording use in oncology: A knowledge translation implementation study. Canadian Institutes of Health Research - Knowledge Synthesis and Exchange. March 1, 2008 – February 28, 2010. Total: $100,000.

Hack, T. Psychosocial Oncology Research Infrastructure Grant. St. Boniface Hospital & Research Foundation. January 1, 2009 – December 31, 2009. Total: $10,000.

Hack, T.F., Degner, L.F., Pickles, T., Ruether, D., Butler, L., Weir, L., Carlson, L. Patient-health professional communication in the context of cancer. Sociobehavioral Cancer Research Network-NCIC; July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009; Total: $40,000.

Hack, T., Degner, L., Ruether, D., Weir, L., Latosinsky, S., & Grenier, G. Addressing “evidence” and “context” to facilitate the transfer and uptake of consultation recording use in oncology: A knowledge translation implementation study. Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Knowledge Synthesis and Exchange. October 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009. Supplement. Funds awarded, total: $23,358.

Loiselle, C.G., Degner, L.F., Butler, L.J., Bottorff, J.L., Rosberger, A., Dubé, L., Hack, T.F., Shoveller, J.A., Davison, B.J., Hislop, T.G. Comprehensive research training program in psychosocial oncology. Canadian Institutes of Health Research. September 1, 2003 to March 31, 2009; Total: $1,800,000.

Thomas-McLean, R., Hack, T., Kwan, W., Mediema, B., Towers, A.,Tatemichi, S., Quinlan, E., Tilley, A. Arm morbidity after breast cancer: Building a foundation for education, prevention and rehabilitation. Canadian Institutes of Health Research/Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, Regional Partnership Program. September 1, 2007- March 31, 2009; Total: $260,692.

Chochinov, H.M., Breitbart, W., Gibson, C., Hack, T.F., Harlos, M., Hassard, T., Kristjanson, L., McClement, S. Quality of life for individuals at end of life. National Institute of Health (1 R01 CA102201-01A1). September 1, 2004 to August 31, 2008; Total: $1,611,147.

Hack, T.F., Degner, L.F., Pickles, T., Ruether, D., Butler, L., Weir, L., Carlson, L. Patient-health professional communication in the context of cancer. Sociobehavioral Cancer Research Network-NCIC; July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008; Total: $80,000.

Hack, T.F., Pickles, T., Bultz, B., Ruether, D., Degner, L. Identifying determinants of patient-physician communication outcome from audiotapes of primary treatment consultations in prostate oncology. National Cancer Institute of Canada (CPCRI/NCIC). July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2008; Total: $62,925.
  

 Recent Publications

 
Chochinov, H.M., McClement, S.E., Hack, T.F., McKeen, N.A., Rach, A.M., Gagnon, P., Sinclair, S., Taylor-Brown, J. (2013). Health care provider communication: An empirical model of therapeutic effectiveness. Cancer. Published online January 22, 2013. doi: 10.1002/cncr.27949.

Hack, T.F., Ruether, J.D., Weir, L. M., Grenier, D., & Degner, L.F. (2012). Promoting consultation recording practice in oncology: Identification of critical implementation factors and determination of patient benefit. Psycho-Oncology. Published online July 20, 2012. doi: 10.1002/pon.3135.

Hack, T.F. (2012). New directions in psychosocial interventions in palliative care (editorial). Palliative Medicine 26, 681-682. doi: 10.1177/0269216312449113.

Hack, T.F., Ruether, J.D., Pickles, T., Bultz, B.D., Chateau, D., & Degner, L.F. (2012). Behind closed doors II: Systematic analysis of prostate cancer patients’ primary treatment consultations with radiation oncologists and predictors of satisfaction with communication. Psycho-Oncology, 21, 809-817. doi:10.1002/pon.1984.

Chochinov, H.M., McClement, S.E., Hack, T.F., McKeen, N.A., Rach, A.M., Gagnon, P., Sinclair, S., & Taylor-Brown, J. (2012). The Patient Dignity Inventory: Applications in the oncology setting. Journal of Palliative Medicine 15, 998-1005. doi:10.1089/jpm.2012.0066.

Howell, D., Mayo, S., Currie, S., Jones, G., Boyle, M., Hack, T., Green, E., Hoffman, L., Collacutt, V., McLeod, D., & Simpson, J. (2012). Psychosocial health care needs assessment of adult cancer patients: A consensus-based guideline. Supportive Care in Cancer, 20, 3343-3354. doi:10.1007/s00520-012-1468-x.

Chochinov, H.M., Cann, B., Cullihall, K., Kristjanson, L., Harlos, M., McClement, S.E., Hack, T.F., & Hassard, T.  (2012). Dignity therapy: A feasibility study of elders in long-term care. Palliative & Supportive Care 10, 3-15. doi:10.1017/S1478951511000538.

Hack, T.F., Carlson, L., Butler, L., Degner, L. F., Jakulj, F., Pickles, T., Ruether, D., & Weir, L. (2011). Facilitating the implementation of empirically valid interventions in psychosocial oncology and supportive care. Supportive Care in Cancer, 19, 1097-1105. doi: 10.1007/s00520-011-1159-z.

Hack, T.F., Ruether, J.D., Weir, L. M., Grenier, D., & Degner, L.F. (2011). Study protocol: Addressing evidence and context to facilitate transfer and uptake of consultation recording use in oncology: A knowledge translation implementation study. Implementation Science, 6(1): art no. 20. doi:10.1186/1748-5908-6-20. *** Highly Accessed ***

Howell, D., Hack, T.F., Oliver, T.K., Chulak, T., Mayo, S., Aubin, M., Chasen, M., Earle, C.C., Friedman, A.J., Green, E., Jones, G.W., Jones, J.M., Parkinson, M., Payeur, N., Sabiston, C.M., & Sinclair, S. (2011). Survivorship services for adult cancer populations: a pan-Canadian guideline. Current Oncology, 18, 265-281.

Chochinov, H.M., Kristjanson, L.J., Breitbart, B., McClement, S., Hack, T.F., Hassard, T., & Harlos, M. (2011). Effect of dignity therapy on distress and end-of-life experience in terminally ill patients: a randomised controlled trial. Lancet Oncology, 12, 753-762. doi: 10.1016/s1470-2045(11)70153-X.

Miedema, B., Hamilton, R., Tatemichi, S.,Thomas-MacLean, R., Hack, T.F., Quinlan, E., Towers, A., Tilley, A., & Kwan, W. (2011). Do breast cancer survivors’ post-surgery difficulties with recreational activities persist over time? Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 5, 405-412. doi:10.1007/s11764-011-0190-x.

Quinlan, E., Thomas-MacLean, R., Hack, T., Tatemichi, S., Towers, A., Kwan, W.  Miedema, B., & Tilley, A. (2011). Breast cancer survivorship and work disability. Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 22, 18-27. doi:10.1177/1044207310394439.

Pedersen, A., & Hack, T.F. (2011). The British Columbia Patient Navigation Model: A critical analysis. Oncology Nursing Forum, 38, 200-206. doi:10.1188/11.ONF.200-206.

Hack, T.F., Kwan, W., Thomas-MacLean, R.L., Towers, A., Miedema, B., Tilley, A., Chateau, D. (2010). Predictors of arm morbidity following breast cancer surgery. Psycho-Oncology, 19, 1205-1212. doi:10.1002/pon.1685.

Hack, T.F., Crooks, D., Plohman, J., & Kepron, E. (2010). Research citation analysis of nursing academics in Canada: identifying success indicators. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 66, 2542-2549. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2648.2010.05429.x.

Hack, T.F., McClement, S.E., Chochinov, H. M., Cann, B., Hassard, T., Kristjanson, L.J., & Harlos, M. (2010). Learning from dying cancer patients during their final days: life reflections gleaned from dignity therapy. Palliative Medicine, 24, 715-723. doi:10.1177/0269216310373164.

Hack, T.F., Pickles, T., Ruether, J.D., Weir, L., Bultz, B.D., Mackey, J., & Degner, L.F. (2010). Predictors of distress and quality of life in patients undergoing cancer therapy: Impact of treatment type and decisional role. Psycho-Oncology, 19, 606-616. doi:10.1002/pon.1590.

Hack, T.F., Pickles, T., Ruether, J.D., Weir, L., Bultz, B.D., & Degner, L.F. (2010). Behind closed doors: Systematic analysis of breast cancer consultation communication and predictors of satisfaction with communication. Psycho-Oncology, 19, 626-636. doi:10.1002/pon.1592.

Thomas-MacLean, R., Spriggs, P., Quinlan, E., Towers, A., Hack, T., Tatemichi, S., Miedema,B., Kwan, W., & Tilley, A. (2010). Arm morbidity and disability: Current status in Canada.  Journal of Lymphoedema, 5, 33-38.

Pedersen, A., Sawatzky, J. & Hack, T.F. (2010). The sequelae of anxiety in breast cancer: A human response to illness model. Oncology Nursing Forum, 37, 469-475.

Singh, J.A., Sloan, J.A., Atherton, P.J., Smith, T., Hack, T.F., Huschka, M.M., Rummans, T.A., Clark, M.M., Diekmann, B., & Degner, L.F. (2010). Preferred roles in treatment decision making among patients with cancer: A pooled analysis of studies using the Control Preferences Scale. American Journal of Managed Care, 16, 688-696.

Pedersen, A., & Hack, T.F. (2010). Pilots of oncology health care: A concept analysis of the patient navigator role. Oncology Nursing Forum, 37, 55-60.

Yu Ko, W.F., Degner, L.F., Hack, T.F., & Schroeder, G. (2010). Penile length shortening after radical prostatectomy: Men’s responses. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 14, 160-165.

Quinlan, E., Thomas-MacLean, R., Hack, T., Kwan, W., Miedema, B., Tatemichi, S., Towers, A., & Tilley, A. (2009). The impact of breast cancer among Canadian women:  Disability and productivity. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation, 34, 285-296.

Otter, R., Qiao, Y., Burton, R., Samiei, M., Parkin, M., Trapido, E., Weller, D., Magrath, I., Sutcliffe, S. and the ICCC-3 Session E group (incl. Pedersen, A. E., Hack, T. F.). (2009). Organization of population-based cancer control programs: Europe and the World.. Tumori, 95, 623-636.

Chochinov, H., Hassard, T., McClement, S., Hack, T., Kristjanson, L. J., Harlos, M., Sinclair, S., & Murray, A. (2009). The landscape of distress in the terminally ill. Journal of Pain & Symptom Management. 38, 641-649.

Thomas-MacLean, R.L., Towers, A., Quinlan, E., Hack, T.F., Kwan, W., Miedema, B., Tilley, A, & Graham, P. (2009). “This is a kind of betrayal”: a qualitative study of disability after breast cancer. Current Oncology, 16(3), 26-32.

Miedema, B., Hamilton, R.,Tatemichi, S., Thomas-MacLean, R., Towers, A., Hack, T.F., Tilley, A., & Kwan, W. (2008). Predicting recreational difficulties and decreased leisure activities in women 6-12 months post breast cancer surgery. Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice, 2, 262-268.

Chochinov, H., Hassard, T., McClement, S., Hack, T., Kristjanson, L.J., Harlos, M., Sinclair, S., & Murray, A.  (2008). The Patient Dignity Inventory: A novel way of measuring dignity-related distress in palliative care. Journal of Pain & Symptom Management, 36, 559-571.

Loiselle, C.G., Sitaram, B., Hack, T.F., Bottorff, J., & Degner, L.F. (2008). Canada and India innovatively partnering to advance oncology nursing research. Oncology Nursing Forum, 35, 583-587.

Thomas-MacLean, R. L., Hack, T., Kwan, W., Towers, A., Miedema, B., & Tilley, A.  (2008). Arm morbidity and disability after breast cancer: New directions for care. Oncology Nursing Forum, 35, 65-71. 
   

 Recent Awards

  
2012-2015, Research Chair in Psychosocial and Supportive Care Oncology Research,Canadian Breast Cancer Research Foundation, (Value - $600,000 over 3 years).

2013-present, Visiting Professor, University of Central Lancashire, UK.

2011-present, Honourary Professor,
2009, Certificate of Appreciation for Research Accomplishment, Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute.

2007, Travel Bursary, Canadian Prostate Cancer Research Initiative (Value - $1,000)

2006, University of Manitoba Faculty Association Merit Award for Research in 2005 (Value – $3,000)

2006, Travel Award, University of Manitoba, Faculty of Medicine (Value - $1,500)

2000-2006, Dorothy J. Lamont Award, Canadian Institutes of Health Research and National
Cancer Institute of Canada.  This award is given annually to the individual having the highest rank among the NCIC Personnel Awards winners.

2000-2006, Research Scientist Award, National Cancer Institute of Canada and Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Value: Salary support.