Research - Care Dimensions


About Us

Care Dimensions encourages and supports organizational involvement in research initiatives that lead to improved quality of care provided to patients and families through the contribution of new knowledge.

Director of Research Susan Lysaght Hurley, PhD, GNP-BC, leads our research initiatives and is assisted by Research Associates Olivia Wood, MSW, and Caroline Gettens, BS. If you are an investigator interested in conducting your research at our agency, please email: to begin the application process.

Current Collaborative Work

The Hospice Advanced Dementia Symptom Management and Quality of Life Trial (HAS-QOL): R33 Phase
This study focuses on quality improvement via the implementation of Aliviado Dementia Care, a dementia symptom management and quality of life training for members of the hospice interdisciplinary team. A total of 25 hospice agencies will be participating in this study across the United States. The goal is to improve quality of care for the person living with dementia and their caregiver, reduce antipsychotic medication use, and increase caregiver satisfaction.

Principal Investigator: Abraham (Ab) Brody, PhD, RN, FAAN
Funding Sponsor: National Institutes of Health
Timeline: January 2020-December 2023

Interactions Among Adolescents with a Parent in Hospice and the Hospice Care Team

This study aims to develop evidenced-based approaches to supporting adolescents with a parent or guardian receiving hospice or palliative care. Eligible participants include young adults aged 18-30 who experienced a parental death during adolescence (ages 12-17) whose parent was receiving hospice or palliative care at the time of their death. Participants complete a Coping and Communication Questionnaire and a virtual 45-60 minute interview about their experience. All participants receive a $50 Amazon e-gift card after the completion of the interview. For questions or to enroll in the study, please contact Kristen DeBois (Project Coordinator) at

Principal Investigator: Denice Sheehan, Interim Dean and Professor Kent State University College of Nursing
Funding Sponsor: National Institute of Nursing Research
Timeline:  Spring 2020 – Spring 2022


Since 1978, Care Dimensions has provided comprehensive and compassionate care for individuals and families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. As the non-profit leader in advanced illness care, we offer services in more than 100 communities in Massachusetts.