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Keddem S, Ayele R, Ersek M, Murray A, Griffith M, Morawej S, Kutney-Lee A. Barriers and facilitators to goals of care conversations with Veteran residents of community nursing homes. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2023 Apr 10. doi: 10.1111/jgs.18365. Epub ahead of print. 

Kinder D, Thorpe J, Smith D, Wachterman M, Kutney-Lee A. Psychometric Evaluation of the Veterans Affairs Bereaved Family Survey in Community Nursing Homes. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2022 Dec;64(6):e317-e322. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2022.09.001

Giannitrapani KF, Yefimova M, McCaa MD, Goebel JR, Kutney-Lee A, Gray C, Shreve ST, Lorenz KA. Using Family Narrative Reports to Identify Practices for Improving End-of-Life Care Quality. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2022 Oct;64(4):349-358. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2022.06.017

Kutney-Lee A, Khazanov GK, Carpenter JG, Griffin H, Kinder D, Shreve ST, Smith D, Thorpe JM, Ersek M. Palliative Care and Documented Suicide: Association Among Veterans With High Mortality Risk. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2022 Aug;64(2):e63-e69. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2022.04.179

Kutney-Lee A, Bellamy SL, Ersek M, Medvedeva EL, Smith D, Thorpe JM, Brooks Carthon JM. Care processes and racial/ethnic differences in family reports of end-of-life care among Veterans: A mediation analysis. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2022 Apr;70(4):1095-1105. doi: 10.1111/jgs.17632

Kinder D, Smith D, Ersek M, Wachterman M, Thorpe J, Davis D, Kutney-Lee A. Family reports of end-of-life care among veterans in home-based primary care: The role of hospice. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2022 Jan;70(1):243-250. doi: 10.1111/jgs.17486

Feder SL, Tate J, Ersek M, Krishnan S, Chaudhry SI, Bastian LA, Rolnick J, Kutney-Lee A, Akgün KM. The Association Between Hospital End-of-Life Care Quality and the Care Received Among Patients With Heart Failure. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2021 Apr;61(4):713-722.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2020.09.006

Feder S, Smith D, Griffin H, Shreve ST, Kinder D, Kutney‐Lee A, Ersek M. (2021) “Why Couldn’t I Go in To See Him?” Bereaved Families’ Perceptions of End‐of‐Life Communication During COVID‐19. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 69(3):587-592. doi: 10.1111/jgs.16993.

Ersek M, Smith D, Griffin H, Carpenter JG, Feder SL, Shreve ST, Nelson FX, Kinder D, Thorpe JM, Kutney-Lee A. (2021). End-of-life care in the time of COVID-19: Communication matters more than ever. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. S0885-3924(20)30975-1. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2020.12.024

Agha A, Kutney-Lee A, Kinder D, Shreve S, Keddem S. (2020) “That is Care That you Just can't fake!”: Identifying Best Practices for the Care of Vietnam Veterans at End of Life. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. S0885-3924(20)30759-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2020.09.026

Carpenter J, Smith D, Griffin H, Kinder D, Thorpe J, Ersek M, Kutney-Lee A. (2020) Quality of End-of-Life Care for Vietnam Veterans: Implications for Practice and Policy. Innovation in Aging. 4(Suppl 1): 246. doi: 10.1093/geroni/igaa057.793.

Feder S, Ersek M, Kutney-Lee A, Luhrs C, Bastian L, Akgun K. (2020) End-of-Life Care Quality Varies Among Facilities in the Department of Veterans Affairs for Patients with Heart Failure. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 59(2):546-7. doi:

Levy C, Ersek M, Scott W, Carpenter JG, Kononowech J, Phibbs C, Lowry J, Cohen J, Foglia M. (2020) Life-Sustaining Treatment Decisions Initiative: Early Implementation Results of a National Veterans Affairs Program to Honor Veterans' Care Preferences. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 35(6):1803-1812. doi: 10.1007/s11606-020-05697-2.

Carpenter JG, Ersek M, Nelson F, Kinder D, Wachterman M, Smith D, Murray A, Garrido MM. (2020) A National Study of End-of-Life Care among Older Veterans with Hearing and Vision Loss. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 68(4):817-825. doi: 10.1111/jgs.16298.

Del Rosario C, Kutney‐Lee A, Sochalski J, Ersek M. (2019). Does Quality of End‐of‐Life Care Differ by Urban‐Rural Location? A Comparison of Processes and Family Evaluations of Care in the VA. The Journal of Rural Health. 35(4):528-39. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12351.

Smith D, Thorpe JM, Ersek M, Kutney-Lee A. (2019). Identifying Optimal Factor Scores on the Bereaved Family Survey: Implications for Practice and Policy. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 58(1):108-14. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2019.04.002.

Kutney-Lee, A., Carpenter, J., Smith, D., Thorpe, J., Tudose, A., Ersek, M. (2018). Case-Mix Adjustment of the Bereaved Family Survey. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 1-8. doi: 10.1177/1049909117752669.

Manfredi, L., Lorenz, K., Smith, D., Ersek, M., Gale, R. (2017). Do Family Comments Received on Quality of Care Surveys Help Systematically Understand Performance? Evaluating Family Comments on the Bereaved Family Survey (BFS). Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 53(2): 451-452. doi:

Carpenter, J., McDarby, M., Smith, D., Johnson, M., Thorpe, J., Ersek, M. (2017). Associations between timing of palliative care consults and family evaluation of care for Veterans who die in a hospice/palliative care unit. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 20(7):745-751. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2016.0477.

Ersek, M., Miller, S., Wagner, T., Thorpe, J., Smith, D., Levy, C., Gidwani, R., Faricy-Anderson, K., Lorenz, K., Kinosian, B., Mor, V. (2017). Associations between aggressive care and beareved famillies' evaluation of end-of-life care for Veterans with non-small cell lung cancer who died in Veterans Affairs facilities. Cancer. doi: 10.1002/cncr.30700

Kutney-Lee, A., Smith, D., Thorpe, J., del Rosario, C., Ibrahim, S., Ersek, M. (2017). Race/Ethnicity and End-of-Life Care Among Veterans. Medical Care, 55(4): 342-351. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000000637.

Thorpe, J. M., Smith, D., Kuzla, N., Scott, L., & Ersek, M. (2016). Does Mode of Survey Administration Matter? Using Measurement Invariance to Validate the Mail and Telephone Versions of the Bereaved Family Survey. Journal of pain and symptom management, 51(3), 546-556. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2015.11.006

Wachterman, M. W., Pilver, C., Smith, D., Ersek, M., Lipsitz, S.R., Keating, N.L. (2016). Quality of end-of-life care provided to patients with different serious illnesses." JAMA Internal Medicine,176(8),1095-1102. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.1200.

Ersek, M., Thorpe, J., Kim, H., Thomasson, A., Smith, D. (2015). Exploring End‐of‐Life Care in Veterans Affairs Community Living Centers. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 63(4), 644-650. doi: 10.1111/jgs.13348.

Smith, D., Kuzla, N., Thorpe, J., Scott, L., & Ersek, M. (2015). Exploring Nonresponse Bias in the Department of Veterans Affairs' Bereaved Family Survey. Journal of palliative medicine, 18(10), 858-864. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2015.0050.

Kutney-Lee, A., Brennan, C. W., Meterko, M., & Ersek, M. (2015). Organization of Nursing and Quality of Care for Veterans at the End of Life. Journal of pain and symptom management, 49(3), 570-577. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2014.07.002.

Roza, K. A., Lee, E. J., Meyer, D. E., & Goldstein, N. E. (2015). A survey of bereaved family members to assess quality of care on a palliative care unit. Journal of palliative medicine, 18(4), 358-365. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2014.0172.

Sudore, R. L., Casarett, D., Smith, D., Richardson, D. M., & Ersek, M. (2014). Family involvement at the end-of-life and receipt of quality care. Journal of pain and symptom management, 48(6), 1108-1116. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2014.04.001.

Ersek, M., Smith, D., Cannuscio, C., Richardson, D. M., & Moore, D. (2013). A nationwide study comparing end-of-life care for men and women veterans. Journal of palliative medicine, 16(7), 734-740. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2012.0537.

Smith, D., Caragian, N., Kazlo, E., Bernstein, J., Richardson, D., & Casarett, D. (2011). Can we make reports of end-of-life care quality more consumer-focused? Results of a nationwide quality measurement program. Journal of palliative medicine, 14(3), 301-307. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2010.0321.

Casarett, D., Johnson, M., Smith, D., & Richardson, D. (2011). The optimal delivery of palliative care: a national comparison of the outcomes of consultation teams vs inpatient units. Archives of Internal Medicine, 171(7), 649-655. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.87.

Alici, Y., Smith, D., Lu, H. L., Bailey, A., Shreve, S., Rosenfeld, K., ... & Casarett, D. J. (2010). Families' perceptions of veterans' distress due to post-traumatic stress disorder-related symptoms at the end of life. Journal of pain and symptom management, 39(3), 507-514. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2009.07.011.

Casarett, D., Shreve, S., Luhrs, C., Lorenz, K., Smith, D., De Sousa, M., & Richardson, D. (2010). Measuring families’ perceptions of care across a health care system: preliminary experience with the Family Assessment of Treatment at End of Life Short form (FATE-S). Journal of pain and symptom management, 40(6), 801-809. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2010.03.019.

Casarett, D., Smith, D., Breslin, S., & Richardson, D. (2010). Does Nonresponse Bias the Results of Retrospective Surveys of End‐of‐Life Care?. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 58(12), 2381-2386. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2010.03175.x.

De Sousa, M., Smith, D., Corcoran, A., Bailey, F. A., Furman, C., Ritchie, C., ... & Casarett, D. (2010). Families' perceptions of inpatient and home hospice care at end-of-life. Archives of internal medicine, 170(20), 1856-1857. doi: 10.1001/archinternmed.2010.392.

Lu, H., Trancik, E., Bailey, A., Ritchie, C., Rosenfeld, K., Shreve, S. ...& Casarett, D. (2010). Families' perceptions of end-of-life care in Veterans Affairs versus non-Veterans Affairs facilities. Journal of palliative medicine, 13(8), 991-996. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2010.0044.

Casarett, D., Pickard, A., Bailey, F. A., Ritchie, C., Furman, C., Rosenfeld, K., ... & Shea, J. A. (2008). Do palliative consultations improve patient outcomes? Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 56(4), 593-599. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2007.01610.x.

Casarett, D., Pickard, A., Bailey, F. A., Ritchie, C., Furman, C., Rosenfeld, K., ... & Shea, J. A. (2008). Important aspects of end-of-life care among veterans: implications for measurement and quality improvement. Journal of pain and symptom management, 35(2), 115-125. doi:10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2007.03.008.

Finlay, E., Shreve, S., & Casarett, D. (2008). Nationwide veterans affairs quality measure for cancer: the family assessment of treatment at end of life. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 26(23), 3838-3844. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2008.16.8534.

Edes, T., Shreve, S., & Casarett, D. (2007). Increasing access and quality in Department of Veterans Affairs care at the end of life: a lesson in change. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 55(10), 1645-1649. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2007.01321.x.    

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