Sara L. Douglas, PhD, RN

The Gertrude Perkins Oliva Professor in Oncology Nursing
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
Population and Cancer Prevention Program
Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
Secondary Appointment
School of Medicine

Teaching Information

Teaching Interests

  • Research Design
  • Statistics

Research Information

Research Interests

  • Caregivers of patients with advanced cancer
  • End of life decision making, cancer patients
  • End of life decision making, chronically critically ill patients

Research Projects

Principal Investigator: “Closer:  A Videoconference Intervention for Distance Caregivers.” NIH/NINR, RO1NRO15464.

Principal Investigator: “Mapping Complex Influences on Aggressiveness of End of Life Cancer Care,” NIH/NINR, R01NR014856.

Co-Investigator: “Mapping the Complexity of End of Life Transitions in Chronically Critically Ill.” NIH/NINR: RO1-NR013322-01. Completed: 2014.

Co-Investigator: “Improving the Quality of Advanced Cancer Care with Disease Management.” NIH/NINR: RO1-NR010787. Completed: 2011.

Co-Investigator: “Disease Management of the Chronically Critically Ill.” NIH/NINR: R01-NR05207. Completed: 2005.


Douglas SL, Mazanec, P., Lipson, A., Leuchtag, M. (2016). Distance Caregiving a Family Member with Cancer: A Review the Literature on Distance Caregiving & Recommendations for Future Research. World J Clin Oncol. 2016 Apr 10;7(2):214-9.

Douglas SL, Daly, BJ, Lipson, A. (2016). Relationship between Physical and Psychological Status of Cancer Patients and Caregivers. West J Nurs Res. 2016 Jul;38(7):858-73.

Douglas SL, Daly BJ, Rowbottom J, Hejal R, O’Toole E, Burant C.  Outcome expectations and goals of care among MDs, RNs, and Family Surrogates for CCI adults.  Crit Care Med 2014, 42(12) Suppl: 394.

Douglas SL, Daly BJ.  Effect of an integrated cancer support team on caregiver satisfaction with end of life care of patients with advanced cancer.  Oncology Nursing Forum 2014;41(4):E248-255.

Daly BJ, Douglas SL, Lipson AR, Gunzler D. Clinical trial of a supportive care team for patients with advanced cancer. Journal of Pain and  Symptom Management 2013;46(6):775-84.

Douglas SL, Daly BJ.  The impact of patient quality of life and spirituality upon caregiver depression for those with advanced cancer. Palliat Support Care. 2013 Oct;11(5):389-96.

Douglas SL, Daly BJ, Lipson AR. Neglect of quality-of-life considerations in intensive care unit family meetings for long-stay intensive care unit patients.  Crit Care Med. 2012 Feb;40(2):671-2.

Mazanec SR, Daly BJ, Douglas SL, Lipson AL.  Work productivity and health of informal caregivers of persons with advanced cancer. Research in Nursing and Health 2011;34(6), 483-95.

Daly, BJ, Douglas SL, O’Toole, E, Gordon, NH, Hejal, R, Peerless, J, Rowbottom, J, Garland, A, Lilly, C, Wiencek C, and Hickman, R.  Effectiveness Trial of an Intensive Communication Structure for Families of Long-stay ICU Patients.  Chest 2010;138(6):1340-8.

Douglas SL, Daly, BJ, O’Toole, E, Hickman, RL.  Depression among white and nonwhite caregivers of the chronically critically ill.  Journal of Critical Care 2010;25(2):364-8.

Daly, BJ, Douglas SL, Lipson, AR, Foley, H.  Needs of older caregivers of advanced cancer patients.  Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 2009;57(S2), 293-295.  

Douglas SL, Daly, BJ, Kelley, CG, O’Toole, E, & Montenegro, H.  Impact of a disease management program upon caregivers of chronically critically ill patients.  Chest 2005;128(6), 3925-3936.


Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Research, Statistics, and Evaluation
Illinois State University
Nurse Practitioner
Adult Nursing
Case Western Reserve University
Master of Science in Nursing
Adult Health and Illness
University of Pennsylvania
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Kentucky

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