Betty Kramer, Ph.D.

Professor

Ph.D., Social Welfare, University of Washington, 1992
MSSW, University of Louisville, 1987
BSW, Southern Illinois University, 1981

E-mail: 
ejkramer@wisc.edu
Office Address: 
210 School of Social Work
Telephone: 
(608) 263-3830
Interests: 

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.

Research: 

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.

Recent Publications: 
Kramer, B. J. (2011).  Buddhist Perspectives on End-of-Life Care. (Doka, K, Tucci, A S, Ed.).Living with Grief: Spirituality and End-of-Life care. 207-219.

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