null Andréa Laizner, RN, BScN, MSc(A), PhD

Associate Investigator, RI-MUHC, Glen site

Cancer Research Program

Assistant Professor, Ingram School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University



evidence-based practice • psychosocial adjustment • symptom management • massage • nursing

Research Focus

My research focuses on care of patients and their families in a variety of clinical contexts. We examine family functioning and psychosocial adjustment in families at diagnosis as well as later in the illness trajectory, such as palliative care. Our studies examine the experience of patients, family members, health care professionals and massage therapists caring for them. The diagnosis (cancer or other life threatening illness) can be in a parent or a child. We identified that the patient and family members had different experiences, which could affect them personally and as a family. This was corroborated by studies in the field of psychosocial oncology, which led to research on the use of the distress thermometer, Canadian Problem Checklist and the Edmonton Symptom Assessment System (ESAS) as well as perceptions of care. Evidence-based strategies are being developed to respond to the needs of patients and family members. We use both qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Selected Publications

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  • Noseworthy, A-M., Sevigny, E., Laizner, A.M., Houle, C., La Riccia, P. (2014). Mental Health Care Professionals' Experiences With the Discharge Planning Process and Transitioning Patients Attending Outpatient Clinics Into Community Care. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 28(4), Pages 263-271. DOI: 10.1016/j.apnu.2014.05.002. PMID: 25017560.

  • Bérubé, M., Gélinas, C., Bernard, F., Gagné, A., Laizner, A. M. (2014). Evaluation of the feasibility and acceptability of a nursing intervention program to facilitate the transition of adult SCI patients and their family from ICU to a trauma unit. International Journal of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing, Vol 18(4) 214-226.

  • Sherry, W., Tremblay, B. Laizner, A. M. (2013). An exploration of knowledge, attitudes and beliefs toward organ and tissue donation among the adult Haitian population living in the Greater Montreal area. Dynamics, 24(1), 12-18. PMID: 23691717.

  • Corbeil, A., Laizner, A.M., Hunter, P., Hutchison, N. (2009). The experience of uncertainty in young adults with cancer, Cancer Nursing, 32(5), 17-27. PMID: 19661789.

  • Wardell, L., Hum, S., Laizner, A.M., Lapierre, Y.L. (2009). Multiple Sclerosis patients' interest in and likelihood of using on-line health services. International Journal of MS Care, 11(2), 79-89.