Teresa Hagan Thomas, PhD, RN

Teresa Hagan Thomas, PhD, RN, is a nurse and researcher. She is passionate about improving cancer care to ensure patients’ needs and priorities drive the care they receive.

Dr. Thomas has an active program of research integrating patient self-advocacy, symptom management, serious games for health, and palliative care. She also teaches at the undergraduate and graduate level and serves as mentor to nursing students and researchers.

She lives in Pittsburgh, PA, with her husband and two boys.

Articles by Teresa Hagan Thomas, PhD, RN

Cecilia BrownBest Practices | February 19, 2024
Teresa Hagan Thomas, PhD, RN, explains how nurses can get involved with research and the available paths.
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Teresa Hagan Thomas, PhD, RNBest Practices | February 16, 2024
Oncology nurses’ knowledge and comfort in discussing prehabilitation with patients is essential for timely referrals.
Teresa Hagan Thomas, PhD, RNBest Practices | February 16, 2024
A recent study suggests ways for health care teams and workplace leaders to support cancer survivors.
Teresa Hagan Thomas, PhD, RNBest Practices | February 7, 2024
Teresa Hagan Thomas, PhD, RN, explains why it's important to consider a role in nurse education and the routes available.
Teresa Hagan Thomas, PhD, RNBest Practices | January 30, 2024
Learn how oncology nurses can be leaders in building oncofertility conversations and programs.
Teresa Hagan Thomas, PhD, RNBest Practices | January 24, 2024
Certain patients are less likely to use hospice services, but oncology nurses can help ensure the option is made available.
Teresa Hagan Thomas, PhD, RNBest Practices | January 3, 2024
Learn strategies to ensure you are leveraging your attendance to advance your learning and professional development.
Teresa Hagan Thomas, PhD, RNBest Practices | January 24, 2024
Learn how to make a poster and prepare for your poster presentation.
Teresa Hagan Thomas, PhD, RNBest Practices | December 19, 2023
Research suggests once participants can get started with their portal, they are likely to continue using it.
Teresa Hagan Thomas, PhD, RNBest Practices | December 19, 2023
Family size and cohesion may influence rates of screening, a recent study showed.
Teresa Hagan Thomas, PhD, RNBest Practices | November 1, 2023
A clear understanding of patient values is often missing in the decision-making process about treatment.
Teresa Hagan Thomas, PhD, RNPatient Voice | November 20, 2023
A team of researchers analyzed how cancer caregiver distress screening is integrated into clinical practice.
Teresa Hagan Thomas, PhD, RNBest Practices | September 27, 2023
In a “goals of care” conversation, patients with serious illness can share their priorities and clarify illness ...
Teresa Hagan Thomas, PhD, RNNews | September 21, 2023
The model uses patient-generated data to triage surgical oncology patients with the goal of improving post-surgical outcomes.
Teresa Hagan Thomas, PhD, RNBest Practices | August 18, 2023
Health care providers should be ready with recommendations on improving these 4 sexual well-being concerns.
Teresa Hagan Thomas, PhD, RNBest Practices | August 18, 2023
The effect of music interventions on anxiety is unclear, but most studies showed an improvement on pain and fatigue.
Teresa Hagan Thomas, PhD, RNGyn-Onc | July 25, 2023
The 2-hour, Zoom-based intervention improved confidence about vaccination, and confidence remained high at 1-month follow-up.
Teresa Hagan Thomas, PhD, RNBreast Cancer | July 20, 2023
Lower education levels, lower income, unemployment, and having more than 1 child were associated with more decision conflict.
Teresa Hagan Thomas, PhD, RNBest Practices | June 22, 2023
This study showed that remote symptom-report monitoring generally results in on-time responses from oncology nurses.
Teresa Hagan Thomas, PhD, RNMultiple Myeloma | June 22, 2023
Patients reported higher levels of gastrointestinal, psychological, and dermatological side-effects than their providers did.