University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Christine Miaskowski, RN, PhD, FAAN

Christine Miaskowski, RN, PhD, FAAN

Professor, Department of Physiological Nursing, UCSF
Sharon A. Lamb Endowed Chair, Physiological Nursing, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Cancer Control

Research Summary

I am an internationally recognized expert in pain and symptom management research. A portion of my program of research focuses on the identification of phenotypic and genotypic characteristics that place patients at highest risk for the development of the most deleterious symptoms that occur as a result of cancer and its treatment. More recently, my work is focused on an evaluation of differences in the co-occurrence of multiple symptoms in younger versus older oncology patients.

Education

Molloy College, Rockville Center, NY, BSN, 1974, Nursing
Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, MS, 1979, Nursing
St. Johns University, Jamaica, NY, MS, 1984, Biology
St. Johns University, Jamaica, NY, PhD, 1987, Physiology
University of California, San Francisco, Postdoc, 1988-90, Pain Management


Professional Experience

  • 1979-81
    Staff Development Instructor, Hospital of Albert Einstein College of Medicine Bronx, NY
  • 1981-85
    Clinical Nurse Specialist in Oncology; Oncology and Critical Care and Nurse Coordinator of the Pain Evaluation Group Hospital of Albert Einstein College of Medicine Bronx, NY
  • 1984-88
    Coordinator of the Certificate Program in Oncology Nursing, School of Nursing, Department of Continuing Education, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
  • 1985-88
    Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Oncology Master's Program, School of Nursing, Oncology Master's Program, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
  • 1986-88
    Coordinator of Clinical Practice and Quality Assurance, Hospital of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
  • 1988-90
    Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Nurse Scholar, Department of Physiological Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
  • 1990-96
    Associate Professor, Department of Physiological Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
  • 1996-present
    Professor, Department of Physiological Nursing, University of California, San Francisco San Francisco, CA

Honors & Awards

  • 2000
    Distinguished Nurse Researcher, Oncology Nursing Society
  • 2000
    Helen Nahm Research Lecturer, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2000
    Wilbert Fordyce Clinical Investigator Award, American Pain Society
  • 2002
    Distinguished Merit Award, International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care
  • 2005
    Distinguished Service Award, American Pain Society
  • 2006
    Distinguished Researcher Award, Western Institute of Nursing Research

Selected Publications

  • Miaskowski, C, Dodd, MJ, West, C, Paul, SM, Tripathy, D, Koo, P, and Schumacher, K. Lack of adherence with the analgesic regimen: A significant barrier to effective cancer pain management, J Clin Oncol. 19(23): 4275-9, 2001.
  • Miaskowski, C, Mack, KA, Dodd, M, West, C, Paul, SM, Tripathy, D, Koo, P, Schumacher, K, and Facione, N. Oncology outpatients with pain from bone metastasis require more than around-the-clock dosing of analgesics to achieve adequate pain control, J Pain, 3(1):12-20, 2002.
  • Schumacher, KL, Koresawa, S, West, C, Hawkins, C, Johnson, C, Wais, E, Dodd, M, Paul, SM, Tripathy, D, Koo, P, and Miaskowski, C. Putting cancer pain management regimens into practice at home, J Pain Symptom Manage. 23(5): 369-82, 2002.
  • Schumacher, KL, West, C, Dodd, M, Paul, SM, Tripathy, D, Koo, P, and Miaskowski, C. Pain management autobiographies and reluctance to use opioids for cancer pain management, Cancer Nurs. 25(2): 125-133, 2002.
  • Schumacher, KL, Koresawa, S, West, C, Dodd, M, Paul, SM, Tripathy, D, Koo, P, and Miaskowski, C. The usefulness of a daily pain management diary for oncology outpatients with cancer-related pain, Oncol Nurs Forum. 29(9): 1304-13, 2002.
  • West, CM, Dodd, MJ, Paul, SM, Schumacher, K, Tripathy, D, Koo, P, and Miaskowski, C. The PRO-SELF(c) Pain Control Program: An Effective approach for cancer pain management, Oncol Nurs Forum. 30(1): 65-73, 2003.
  • Jacob, E, Miaskowski, C, Savedra, M, Beyer, JE, Treadwell, M, and Styles, L. Changes in pain intensity, location, and quality of vaso-occlusive pain in children with sickle cell disease, Pain. 102(1-2): 187-93, 2003.
  • Gear, RW, Gordon, NC, Miaskowski, C, Paul, SM, Heller, P, and Levine, JD. Sexual dimorphism in very low dose nalbuphine postoperative analgesia, Neuroscience Letters. 339: 1-4, 2003.
  • Gear, RW, Gordon, NC, Miaskowski, C, Paul, SM, Heller, PH, and Levine, JD. Dose ratio is important in maximizing naloxone enhancement of nalbuphine analgesia, Neuroscience Letters. 351(1): 5-8, 2003.
  • Miaskowski, C, Dodd, M, West, C Schumacher, K, Paul, SM, Tripathy, D, and Koo, P. A randomized clinical trial of the effectiveness of a self-care intervention to improve cancer pain management, J Clin Oncol. 22(9): 1712-30, 2004.
  • Miaskowski, C, Dodd, MJ, and Lee, KA. Symptom clusters: The new frontier in symptom management research, J Natl Cancer Inst. 32: 17-21, 2004.
  • Miaskowski, C. (2004). Gender differences in pain, fatigue, and depression in patients with cancer, J Natl Cancer Inst. 32: 139-43, 2004.
  • Dodd, MJ, Miaskowski, C, and Lee, KA. Occurrence: Symptom clusters, J Natl Cancer Inst. 22: 76-8, 2004.
  • Edrington, JM, Paul, S, Dodd, M, West, C, Paul, S, Facione, N, Tripathy, D, Koo, P, Schumacher, K, and Miaskowski, C. No evidence for gender differences in the severity and treatment of cancer pain, J Pain Symptom Manage. 28(3): 225-32, 2004.
  • Miaskowski, C. Psychoeducational interventions for cancer pain serve as a model for biobehavioral research, Commun Nurs Res. 37: 53-71, 2004.
  • Sutters, KA, Miaskowski, C, Holdridge-Zeuner, D, Waite, S, Paul, SM, Savedra, M, and Lenier, B. A randomized clinical trial of the effectiveness of a scheduled oral analgesic dosing regimen for the management of postoperative pain in children following tonsillectomy, Pain. 110(1-2): 49-55, 2004.
  • Kim, JE, Dodd, M, West, C, Paul, S, Facione, N, Schumacher, K, Tripathy, D, Koo, P, and Miaskowski, C. The PRO-SELF(c) Pain Control Program improves patients' knowledge of cancer pain management, Oncol Nurs Forum, 31(6): 1137-43, 2004.
  • Rustoen, T, Wahl, AK, Hanestad, BR, Lerdal, A, and Miaskowski, C. Prevalence and characteristics of chronic pain in the general Norwegian population, Eur J Pain. 8: 555-65, 2004.
  • Paul, SM, Zelman, DC, Smith, M, and Miaskowski, C. Categorizing the severity of cancer pain: Further exploration of the establishment of cutpoints, Pain. 113(1-2): 37-44, 2005.
  • Schumacher, KL, Koresawa, S, West, C, Dodd, M, Paul, SM, Tripathy, D, Koo, P, and Miaskowski, C. Clinical content analysis: A qualitative component of a randomized clinical trial, Res Nurs Health. 28(3): 268-80, 2005.
  • Sutters, KA, Miaskowski, C, Holdridge-Zeuner, D, Waite, S, Paul, SM, Savedra, MC, and Lanier, B. Time-contingent dosing of an opioid analgesic following tonsillectomy does not increase moderate to severe side effects in children, Pain Manage Nurs. 6(2): 49-57, 2005.
  • Rustoen, T, Wahl, AK, Hanestad, BR, Lerdal, A, Paul, S, and Miaskowski, C. Age and the experience of chronic pain: Differences in health and quality of life among younger, middle-aged, and older adults, Clin J Pain. 21(6): 513-23, 2005.