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Betty J. Kramer, MSSW, Ph.D.
Professor, Associate Director and Director of the Part-Time MSW Program
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 have: 1) assessed the feasibility of integrating hospice consultation to improve the provision of palliative care in a managed care setting; 2) identified the predictors of family conflict at the end of life; 3) explored the role that family conflict plays in the experience of complicated grief; and 4) investigated the distinctive experience of end of life care provision in the Family Care Program.
Professional Responses to Family Conflict at the End of Life. Managing Conflict/Finding Meaning.(In Press).
Family Conflict and its Management: Providing Responsive Family Care at the End of Life. Handbook of Oncology Social Work.(2015).
Correlates and Predictors of Conflict at the End of Life Among Families Enrolled in Hospice. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 50, 155-162.(2015).
Enhancing Palliative Care for Low-Income Elders with Chronic Disease: Feasibility of a Hospice Consultation Model.. Journal of social work in end-of-life & palliative care. 10(4), 356-77.(2014).
Facilitating Advance Care Planning with Ethnically Diverse Groups of Frail, Low-Income Elders in the USA: Perspectives of Care Managers on Challenges and Recommendations. Health & Social Care in the Community. 22(2), 169 - 177.(2014).