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Betty Kramer, Ph.D.
Ph.D., Social Welfare, University of Washington, 1992
MSSW, University of Louisville, 1987
BSW, Southern Illinois University, 1981
Office Address:210 School of Social Work
Aging; family conflict at end of life, family caregiving in later life families, innovations in palliative and end of life care, social work role in improving care of the dying.
Betty Kramer’s research has strengthened understanding of male caregivers, caregiving gains, transitions in the caregiving career, and the distinctive nature of end-of-life caregiving. With her colleagues she has put forth competencies and a national research agenda for social work research in palliative and end-of-life care. Dr. Kramer has received support to implement several projects relevant to improving palliative care. Her research has documented insufficiencies in end-of-life care in leading social work textbooks, and she has more recently studied innovations in care for frail low-income elders with advanced chronic disease. Her current projects: 1) assess the feasibility of integrating hospice consultation to improve the provision of palliative care in a managed care setting; 2) examine the predictors of family conflict at the end of life; 3) explore the role that family conflict plays in the experience of complicated grief; and 4) investigate the distinctive experience of end of life care provision in the Family Care Program.
Family conflict and its management: Providing responsive family care at the end of life. Handbook of Oncology Social Work.(In Press).
Advancing theory of family conflict at the end of life: a hospice case study.. Journal of pain and symptom management. 44(5), 655-70.(2012).
Buddhist Perspectives on End-of-Life Care. ( , Ed.).Living with Grief: Spirituality and End-of-Life care. 207-219.(2011).
Perceived Success in Addressing End-of-Life Care Needs of Low-Income Elders and Their Families: What Has Family Conflict Got to Do with It?. Journal of pain and symptom management. 41, 35-48.(2011).
End-of-Life Concerns and Care Preferences: Congruence among Terminally Ill Elders and Their Family Caregivers. OMEGA: Journal of Death and Dying. 60(3), 273 - 297.(2010).
Predictors of family conflict at the end of life: the experience of spouses and adult children of persons with lung cancer. The Gerontologist. 50(2), 215-25.(2010).
Complicated Grief in Caregivers of Persons with Lung Cancer: The Role of Family Conflict, Intrapsychic Strains and Hospice Utilization. Journal of Death and Dying. 62(3), 201-220.(2010).
Challenges Facing Families at the End of Life in Three Settings. Journal of Social Work in End-Of-Life & Palliative Care. 5(3), 144 - 168.(2009).