Michigan State University

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The Human Development Initiative, begun in 2009, is a community of scholars throughout the university interested in development across the lifespan. The initiative creates venues where scholars involved in cutting-edge research in the social and health sciences (including genetics, neuroscience, and psychosocial development) can focus on the intersections between their own work and that of other researchers. We invite faculty and graduate students to join us at our bi-weekly brown bag speaker series and our fall and spring colloquia.

Given Bill Given

Research Statement
Dr. Given holds a research scientist position through the Walther Cancer Institute. His research interests include the study of home care and the support of caregivers for cancer patients. He is a member of The Family Care Research Program, a collaborative, interdisciplinary effort by faculty from the Michigan State University Colleges of Nursing and Human Medicine, the Department of Family Practice. The primary foci of the FCRP projects are: to gain increased knowledge about how patients and families face the burden of providing care in a transforming health care system; to better understand how families learn to care; to disseminate this knowledge and influence health care reform and policy; and to understand strategies to assist patients with symptom management.

Research Publications    
2008Given CW, Sikorskii A, Tamkus D, Given B, You M, McCorkle R, Champion V, Decker D. Managing symptoms among breast cancer patients during chemotherapy: Results of a two arm behavioral trial. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 2008; 26 (36):5855-5862.
2008Sherwood P, Donovan H, Given C, Lu X, Given B, Hricik A, Bradley S. Predictors of employment and lost hours from work in cancer caregivers. Psycho-Oncology, 2008;17(6):598-605.
2008Kurtz M, Kurtz J, Given C, Given B. Age and depressive symptomatology: Impact on the relative effectiveness of two pain and fatigue control interventions among cancer patients. Cancer Therapy, 2008;6(B):367-376.
2008Kurtz ME, Kurtz JC, Given CW, Given B. Patient optimism and mastery: Do they play a role in cancer patients' management of pain and fatigue? Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 2008;36(1):1-10. Given B, Given CW. Older adults and cancer treatment. Cancer, 2008; 113(12):3505-3511.
2008Gaugler JE, Linder J, Given CW, Kataria R, Tucker G, Regine WF. Work, gender, and stress in family cancer caregiving. Supportive Care in Cancer, 2008; 16:347-357.
2008Given B, Sherwood P, Given C. What knowledge and skills do caregivers need? American Journal of Nursing, 2008; 108(9S):28-34.
2008Gaugler JE, Linder J, Given CW, Kataria R, Tucker G, Regine WF. The proliferation of primary cancer caregiving stress to secondary stress. Cancer Nursing, 2008; 31(2):116-125.
2008Bradley C, Lou Z, Given C. Cancer incidences in elderly Medicare and dually eligible beneficiaries. Health Services Research, 2008; Epu (May 12).
2008Bradley C, Given C, Dahman B, Fitzgerald T. Adjuvant chemotherapy and care following resection in Medicare and dually eligible patients with regional colon cancer. Archives of Internal Medicine, 2008;168(5):521-529.
2008Bradley C, Dahman B, Given C. Treatment and survival differences in older Medicaid patients with lung cancer as compared with those who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 2008; 26(31):5067-5073.