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Karen L. Courtney

Assistant Professor

BA (University of North Carolina), BSN (University of North Carolina), MSN (Duke University), PhD (University of Missouri)

Research

My area of research interest is broadly defined as health systems research. I am interested in how place or location can affect health outcomes on both an individual level and a population level. Some of my past research at an individual level has looked at how privacy in residential care facilities can affect an older adult’s decision to adopt information-based assistive technologies. On a population level, my research has examined nursing workforce distribution and community health outcomes.

Research

Co-Investigator Ongoing:

PI: R. Schulz, University of Pittsburgh (subcontract with Carnegie Mellon University Principal Investigator T. Kanade)
Funding Source: National Science Foundation
Title: Quality of Life Technology Engineering Research Center (Person and Society Thrust)
Period: 2009-present

PI: J. Lingler, University of Pittsburgh
Funding Source: Steven D. Manners Faculty Development Award, University of Pittsburgh
Title: Feasibility of a Web-Based Intervention to Improve Family Caregivers’ Communicative Skillfulness during Patients’ Medical Visits
Period: 2010-2011

Other International Collaboration:
National Library of Medicine Literature Selection Technical Review Committee (2010-2014)

Publications

Refereed Articles (*data based, §senior author)

  • *Goodwin, L. K., Courtney, K. L., Kirby, J. D., Iannachione, M. A., & Manley, T. (2002). A pilot study: Patients' perceptions about the privacy of their medical records. Online Journal of Nursing Informatics, 6(3). Retrieved from: http://ojni.org/1002/courtney.htm
  • Courtney, K. L. (2004). Educational funding opportunities for nursing informatics. CARING, 18(4),5-7.
  • Parker Oliver, D., Porock, D., Demiris, G., & Courtney, K. L. (2005). Patient and family involvement in hospice interdisciplinary teams. Journal of Palliative Care, 21(4), 270-276.
  • Demiris, G., Parker Oliver, D. R., Courtney, K. L., & Porock, D. (2005). Use of technology as a support mechanism for caregivers of hospice patients. Journal of Palliative Care, 21(4), 303-309.
  • *Courtney, K. L., Demiris, G., Parker Oliver, D., & Porock, D. (2005). Conversion of the CQLI to an interview instrument - Research in Brief. European Journal of Cancer Care, 14(5), 463-464.
  • Courtney, K. L., Demiris, G., & Alexander, G. L. (2005). Information technology: Changing nursing processes at the point-of-care. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 29(4), 315-322.
  • Courtney, K. L., & Craven, C. K. (2005). Factors to weigh when considering electronic data collection. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 37(3), 150-160.
  • *Courtney, K. L. (2005). Visualizing nursing workforce distribution: Nursing policy evaluation using geographic information systems. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 74(11-12), 980-988.
  • *Parker Oliver, D., Demiris, G., Day, M., Courtney, K. L., & Porock, D. (2006). Tele-hospice support for elder caregivers of hospice patients: Two case studies. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 9(2), 264-267.
  • Demiris, G., Oliver, D. R., & Courtney, K. L. (2006). Ethical considerations for the utilization of telehealth technologies in home and hospice care by the nursing profession. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 30(1), 56-66.
  • Hensel, B. K., Demiris, G., & Courtney, K. L. (2006). Defining obtrusiveness of home telehealth technologies: A conceptual framework. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 13(4), 428-431. PMC1513674
  • *Demiris, G., Parker Oliver, D., & Courtney, K. L. (2006). A study of the suitability of videophones for psychometric assessment. Behaviour and Information Technology, 25(3), 233-237.
  • *Day, M., Demiris, G., Parker Oliver, D., Courtney, K., & Hensel, B. (2007). Exploring underutilization of videophones in hospice settings. Telemedicine and e-health, 13(1), 25-31.
  • *Wittenberg-Lyles, E. M., Parker Oliver, D., Demiris, G., & Courtney, K. L. (2007). Assessing the nature and process of hospice interdisciplinary team meetings. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 9(1), 17-21.
  • *Demiris, G., Courtney, K. L., & Meyer, W. (2007). Current status and perceived needs of information technology in Critical Access Hospitals: A survey study. Informatics in Primary Care, 15, 45-51.
  • *Courtney, K. L., Demiris, G., & Hensel, B. K. (2007). Obtrusiveness of information-based assistive technologies as perceived by older adults in residential care facilities: A secondary analysis. Medical Informatics and the Internet in Medicine, 32(3), 241-249.
  • *Demiris, G., Parker Oliver, D., Courtney, K. L., & Day, M. (2007). Telehospice tools for caregivers: A pilot study. Clinical Gerontologist, 31(1), 43-57.
  • Demiris, G., Afrin, L., Speedie, S. Courtney, K.L., Sondhi, M., Vimarlund, V. Goossen, W., Lovis, C., & Lynch, C. (2008). Patient-centered applications: Use of information technology to promote disease management and wellness; A White Paper by the AMIA Knowledge in Motion Working Group. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 15(1), 8-13.
  • *Courtney, K.L. (2008). Privacy and senior adoption of smart home information technologies in residential care facilities. Methods of Information in Medicine, 47(1), 76-81.
  • Courtney, K. L., Alexander, G. L., & Demiris, G. (2008). Information technology from novice to expert: Implementation implications. Journal of Nursing Management, 16(6), 692-699.
  • *Courtney, K. L., Demiris, G., Rantz, M., & Skubic, M. (2008). Needing smart home technologies: The perspectives of older adults in continuing care retirement communities. Informatics in Primary Care. 16(3), 195-201.
  • *Demiris, G., Wittenberg, E. M., Parker Oliver, D., & Courtney, K. L. (2008). A survey on the use of technology to support hospice interdisciplinary team meetings. International Journal of Electronic Healthcare. 4(3/4), 244-256.
  • *Weber, S., Courtney, K. L., & Benham-Hutchins, M. (2009). Decision support in multi-professional communication. Journal of Medical Systems. 33(1), 59-65.
  • Garand, L., Matthews, J. T., Courtney, K. L., Davies, M., Lingler, J. H., Schlenk, E. A., et al. (2010). Development and use of a tool to guide junior faculty in their progression toward promotion and tenure. Journal of Professional Nursing. 26(4), 207-213.
  • *Courtney, K. L., Lingler, J. H., Person Mecca, L., Garlock, L. A., Schulz, R., Dick, A.W. & Olshansky, E. (2010). Initial impressions of community-dwelling older adults and case managers about community-based telehealth kiosks. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 3(4), 235-239. PMC2932811
  • Courtney, K. L., Goodwin, L. K., & Aubrecht, J. (2011). Database Management Systems – Their place in nursing informatics education. Computers, Informatics, Nursing 29(1), 7-12.
  • *§ Schmidt, K. L., Monin, J., & Gentry, A. L., & Courtney, K. L. (2011). Demonstration of facial communication of emotion through telehospice videophone contact. Telemedicine and e-Health. 17(5), 399-401. NIHMSID 289784
  • Schulz, R., Beach, S. R., Matthews, J. T., Courtney, K. L., & Dabbs, A. D. (under review). Designing and Evaluating Quality of Life Technologies: An Interdisciplinary Approach IEEE.
  • *§ Jiang, Y., Gentry, A.L., Pusateri, M. & Courtney, K.L. (under review). A descriptive, retrospective study of after-hours calls in hospice and palliative care. Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing.
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