Academic Staff

Lesley F. Degner, RN, PhD, FCAHS
Distinguished Professor

E: Lesley.Degner@ad.umanitoba.ca
P: 204.474.6622
F: 204.474.7240 

 

 

 Education
 
PhD, University of Michigan
MA, University of Washington
BN, University of Manitoba
 
 Specialty/Clinical/Teaching Areas
 
Clinical Interests: Development and evaluation of a Nursing Knowledge Translation Centre at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg.

Teaching Areas: Research Methodology, Measurement of Psychosocial Variables, Human Responses to Illness (Cancer), and Cancer Nursing Research
 

 Current Research
 
Dr. Degner’s current research is focused on how nurses can be assisted to use the latest research evidence in their daily practice. She is involved in three major studies to better understand how health care organizations can alter the context for care within their organizations to promote knowledge use by nurses and in turn improve patient outcomes. She is also interested in the effect such organizational interventions might have on the quality of nursing work life, and whether involvement in knowledge translation activities will promote the retention of new nurses moving into the work force.

This current interest has evolved after several decades of research on patient participation in decision making, patient information needs, the meaning that patients ascribe to their illness, and symptom management. Dr. Degner has been particularly interested in developing measures and interventions to help cancer patients become more involved in treatment decision making should they wish to do so, and one of her major articles in this field which was published in 1997 in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association is highly cited and used in teaching medical students internationally. She has also had a long standing interest in symptom management, particularly in lung cancer patients, who experience some of the most severe cancer-related symptoms. In an article published in the medical journal Cancer in 2005, she and her Swedish colleagues reported on a longitudinal study of 400 lung cancer patients and their symptom experiences, and provided a model for preventative symptom management in this population.
 

 Recent Grants
 
Career Funding:(2008-2010) National Research Chair (Cancer Nursing), Development of evidence-based nursing practice in cancer care, palliative care and cancer prevention. Canadian Institutes of Health Research. [Exceptional two-year funding for Knowledge Translation activities] . ($60,000)

(2000-2010) National Research Chair (Cancer Nursing), Development of evidence-based nursing practice in cancer care, palliative care and cancer prevention. Canadian Health Services Research Foundation/ Canadian Institutes of Health Research. [One of three national research chairs in nursing care (one of twelve in nursing and health services research) awarded in a one-time competition held in 1999 – 2000.] Matching funding provided by the University of Manitoba and the Faculty of Nursing. CP1-0529-07. ($1,800,000)

Most Recent Funding:(2008-2011) 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 and Synthesis and Exchange. ($288,380).

(2007-2011) Estabrooks, C. (PI), Cummings, G., Degner, L. F., Dopson, S., Laschinger, H., McGilton, K. S., Morgan, D. G., Norton, P. G., Profetto-McGrath, J., Rycroft-Malone, J., Sales, A. E., Smith, M. C., Stewart, N. J., Teare, G. F., Translating Research in Elder Care. Canadian Institutes of Health Research. ($4,730,410)

(2006-2010) Woodgate, R. (PI), Irani, P., Degner, L., Yanofsky, R., West, C., & Watters, C. Development and testing of a computer video-game approach designed for self-assessment and management of meaning-centred symptom experiences by children with cancer. Canadian Institutes of Health Research – CIHR Operating Grant (2006-2010 –($664,440 - $132,888 per year)

(2008-2009) 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: $40,000

(2008-2009) Hack, T., Degner, L., Ruether, D., Weir, L., Latosinsky, S., Grenier, G. 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 and Synthesis and Exchange. ($100,000).

(2005-2009) Degner, L. F., Laschinger, H., & Estabrooks, C. A., Evaluation of an organizational intervention to improve nursing work life through training in knowledge translation: Phase I. Canadian Institutes of Health Research. KTS-73434. ($300,000)

(2003-2009) Loiselle, C. G., Degner, L. F., Butler, L., Bottoroff, J., Rosberger, Z., Dube, L., Hack, T. F., Shoveller, J. A., & Davison, B. J. Comprehensive Research Training Program in Psychosocial Oncology. Canadian Institutes of Health Research. ($1,800,000)

(2007-2008) 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.

(2006-2008) Schultz, A.S.H. (PI), Brewster, J., Tremblay, M., Compton, S., Hyndman, K., Degner, L. Health practitioners’ role in tobacco reduction: Theoretical development of a multi-level behavioural model. Canadian Tobacco Control Research Initiative-CTCRI (March 1, 2006 – February 28, 2008) ($14,876)

(2005-2008) Hack, T. F., Pickles, T., Bultz., B., Ruether, D., Degner, L. F. 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 - June 30, 2008). ($62,925)
 

 Recent and Selected Publications
 
Book Chapter:
Hack, T.F., and Degner, L.F. (in press). Audio-recording important consultations for patients and their families. In Kissane, D., Bultz, B.D., Butow, P., and Finlay, I. (eds.) Handbook of Communication in Oncology and Palliative Care. London: Oxford University Press.

Peer-reviewed publications:
Lally, R.M., Chalmers, K.L., Johnson, J., Kokima, M., Endo, E., Suzuki, S., Lai, Y., Yang, Y., Degner, L., Anderson, E., Molassiotis, A., (2008). Smoking behavior and patient education practices of oncology nurses in six countries. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 12, 372-379.

Loiselle, C.G., Sitaram, B., Hack, T.F., Bottorff, J., & Degner, L.F. (2008). Canada and India: An innovative partnership to advance oncology nursing research. Oncology Nursing Forum, 35(4), 583-587.

Yu Ko, W. & Degner, L. F. (2008). Uncertainty after treatment for prostate cancer: Definition, assessment and management. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 12(5), 749-755.

Hack, T.F., and Degner, L.F. (in press). Audio-recording important consultations for patients and their families. In Kissane, D., Bultz, B.D., Butow, P., and Finlay, I. (eds.) Handbook of Communication in Oncology and Palliative Care. London: Oxford University Press.

Duggleby, W., Degner, L., Williams, A., Wright,K., Cooper, D., Popkin, D. & Holtslander, L. (2007). Living with Hope: Initial evaluation of a Psychosocial Hope Intervention for Older Palliative Home Care Patients. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 33(3), 247-257.

Duggleby, W., Wright, K., Williams, A., Degner, L. F., Cammer, A. & Holtslander, L. (2007). Developing a Living with Hope Program for Caregivers of Family Members with Advanced Cancer. Journal of Palliative Care, 2(1), 24-31.

Hack, T. F., Pickles, T., Bultz, B. D., Ruether, J. D., & Degner, L. F. (2007). Impact of providing audiotapes of primary treatment consultations to men with prostate cancer: A multi-site, randomized, controlled trial. Psycho Oncology, 16, 543-552.

Pickles, T., Ruether, D., Weir, L., Carlson, L., & the SCRN Communication Team (Hack, T.F., Degner, L. F., & Butler, L.) (2007). Psychosocial barriers to active surveillance for the management of early prostate cancer and a strategy for increased acceptance. BJU International, 100, 544-551.

Tishelman, C., Petersson, L-M., Degner, L. F., Sprangers, M., (2007). Symptom prevalence, intensity and distress in patients with inoperable lung cancer in relation to time of death. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 25(34), 5381-5389.

Hack, T. F., Degner, L. F., Watson, P., & Sinha, L. (2006). Do patients benefit from participating in medical decision making? Longitudinal follow-up of women with breast cancer. Psycho-Oncology, 15, 9-19.

Lobchuk, M. M., Degner, L. F., Chateau, D., & Hewitt, D. (2006). Promoting enhanced patient and family caregiver congruence on lung cancer symptom experiences. Oncology Nursing Forum, 33(2), 273-282.

Martin, W. F., & Degner, L. F. (2006). Perception of risk and surveillance practices of women with a family history of breast cancer. Cancer Nursing, 29(3), 227-235.

Pyke-Grimm, K., Stewart, J. L., Kelly, K. P., & Degner, L. F. (2006). Parents of children with cancer: Factors influencing treatment decision making. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 21(5), 350-361.

Thompson, G. N., Estabrooks, C. A., & Degner, L. F. (2006). Clarifying the concepts in knowledge transfer: A literature review. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 53(6), 691-701.
 

 Recent Awards
 
2008: Centennial Award, Canadian Nurses Association

2007: Distinguished Professor, University of Manitoba

2007: Diamond Jubilee Award, National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC)

2007: University of Texas M.D. Anderson Palliative / Hospice Lifetime Nursing Achievement Award, United States

Award of Excellence, Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology (CAPO)

YMCA/YWCA Women of Distinction Award, Research and Innovation category

Distinguished Merit Award, International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (I.S.N.C.C.), England

Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (C.A.H.S.)

Distinguished Researcher Award, Oncology Nursing Society, United States

The Dr. John M. Bowman Winnipeg Rh Institute Foundation Medal for Excellence in Research