Kristen Pecanac, PhD, RN

Position title: Assistant Professor


Phone: 608-262-1938

4167 Signe Skott Cooper Hall

Kristen Pecanac

PhD, University of Wisconsin–Madison
MSN, University of Wisconsin–Madison
BSN, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Dr. Pecanac’s research explores interactions among health care practitioners, patients and family members when making decisions related to treatment in the hospital setting. Her intent is to identify communicative practices that promote patient and family participation in decision-making and incorporate these practices into an intervention. The ultimate goal of this research is to facilitate engagement in productive conversations that will lead to reduced stress and suffering for patients and their family members.

Research focus area

Symptom Science & Palliative Care

  • Communication
  • Treatment decision making
  • Healthcare practitioner-patient/surrogate interactions

Symptom Science & Palliative Care

Learn more about Dr. Pecanac’s research

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