Marylin J. Dodd – who this year was named a “Living Legend” by the American Academy of Nursing – is best known for her visionary contributions to patient self-care and the science of symptom management. The honor is just the latest in a careerlong string of them, including being a charter member of Sigma Theta Tau’s International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame and receiving the highly esteemed Episteme Award.
Dr. Dodd’s self-care intervention model provides relevant information, self-care skills and support to patients and families. Tested in numerous clinical trials, the program laid the foundation not only for Dr. Dodd’s oncology colleagues, but for other clinical specialties and international investigators who study symptom management. These include colleagues at UC San Francisco School of Nursing, where, more than two decades ago, Dr. Dodd was instrumental in establishing the internationally renowned Research Center for Symptom Management, with the goal of advancing knowledge in the field of symptom management to improve providers’ practice and patients’ outcomes. Interdisciplinary by both discipline and clinical populations, the center developed a symptom management model that today is used widely by both researchers and clinicians.
Science of Caring spoke with her in September 2015.