November 2015 • By Andrew Schwartz

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.


The Dean's Blog | David Vlahov

Anthropologist Sharon Kaufman is one of the original members of the Institute for Health & Aging (IHA), which on November 9 celebrated its 30th anniversary. The event brought together scientists who had flourished in the Institute and made significant contributions to our understanding of health at the individual and societal level.

At the celebration, Kaufman drew on her recently released book, Ordinary Medicine: Extraordinary Treatments, Longer Lives, and Where to Draw the Line (Duke University Press, 2015), to speak about the struggle in health care between the desire to prolong life and the desire to avoid crossing the line to “too much” care. Exploring that dilemma led her to examine the larger engines of the biomedical economy: the research and insurance industries and their impact on what we do when life is at stake.

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