The focus of the Symptom Science RIG is to advance nursing knowledge related to pain and symptom management. The role of nursing science is critical to assist health care providers to better understand, prevent and manage pain and other symptoms experienced by patients. The Symptom ScienceRIG is comprised of nurse researchers from around the Midwest. The RIG is fortunate to have diversity in its membership regarding years of experience studying pain and other symptoms, effectiveness of interventions, and the physiology of these phenomena. Members range from master’s students to full professors. Many RIG members have current or prior funding including small and large grants, whereas others have never been funded, but serve as an important resource regarding pain and symptom-related issues.
Who Should Join?
- Nurses with clinical experiences in symptom science and also have interest in research as it applies to the clinical practices.
- Nurse Educators who teach students about pain and symptom management and who have interest in research as it applies to nursing or interprofessional undergraduate or graduate education, and who are interested in applying the interprofessional Core Competencies in Undergraduate Pain Education.
- Nurse Research scientists who conduct pain and symptom management research through basic science, and clinical research.
Meet the RIG Leadership for 2019 – 2020
Christine Fortney, PhD, RN
Kristin Dickinson, PhD
Catherine Cherwin, PhD, RN
Meg Campbell, PhD, RN
2020-2021 RIG Awards
The 2020-2021 RIG Awards Nominations are now closed. Please be sure to attend the RIG Annual Meeting right before the 2021 Annual Research Conference in March 2021 for the announcement of RIG Award Winners.
New information coming soon!
2020 – 2021 Goals
- Continue networking efforts to help connect members to others doing similar work and to connect junior faculty to potential mentors.
- Continue to work on increasing communication outside of the annual meeting through email, twitter and the establishment of a quarterly e-symposium to discuss a relevant paper or the research of a RIG member.
- Contribute to the scientific community through a competitive symposium at the 2021 annual conference
- Recognize the accomplishments of our members through five annual awards: Dissertation Award, New Investigator Award, Research Publication Award, Mid-Career Award, and Distinguished Researcher Award
- Utilize the 3-tier leadership structure to maintain consistency and encourage growth of the RIG through improved outreach and engagement of membership.
Overall/Long Term Goals
- Support the Grants Committee for grants pertaining to Symptom Science
- Communicate with members multiple times throughout the year regarding RIG business
- Offer a guaranteed or competitive symposium at each annual conference
- Promote and disseminate new nursing research in the field of symptom science through annual RIG meeting research presentations, email announcements, guaranteed and competitive symposiums, and RIG-sponsored virtual learning events.
- Increase member enrollment and engagement through networking, enhanced social media presence, and communication with members.
- Support the MNRS Foundation
RIG Minutes/Meeting Summary
If you are interested in learning more about the Symptom Science RIG, please explore the minutes from the past meetings:
Symptom Science RIG Annual Report from the 2020 Annual Research Conference
Symptom Science RIG Annual Report from the 2019 Annual Research Conference
Symptom Science RIG minutes from the 2018 Annual Research Conference
Symptom Science RIG minutes from the 2017 Annual Research Conference
Symptom Science RIG minutes from the 2016 Annual Research Conference
RIG Member Research Updates
Kwekkeboom, K. L., Tostrud, L., Costanzo, E., Coe, C. L., Serlin, R. C., Ward, S. E., & Zhang, Y. (2018). The role of inflammation in the pain, fatigue, and sleep disturbance symptom cluster in advanced cancer. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 55(5), 1286-1295.
Kwekkeboom, K., Zhang, Y., Campbell, T., Coe, C. L., Costanzo, E., Serlin, R. C., & Ward, S. (2018). Randomized controlled trial of a brief cognitive-behavioral strategies intervention for the pain, fatigue, and sleep disturbance symptom cluster in advanced cancer. Psycho-Oncology, 27(12), 2761-2769.
Chen, C.X., Kroenke, K., Stump, T.E., Kean, J., Krebs, E.E., Bair, M.J., Damush, T.M., & Monahan, P.O. (Accepted). Comparative responsiveness of the PROMIS pain interference short forms with legacy pain measures: results from three randomized clinical trials. The Journal of Pain
Chen, C.X., Ofner, S., Bakoyannis, G., Kwekkeboom, K.L., & Carpenter, J.S. (2018). Symptoms-based phenotypes among women with dysmenorrhea: a latent class analysis. Western Journal of Nursing Research. 40(10):1452-1468. doi: 10.1177/0193945917731778.
Chen, C.X, Groves, D, Miller, W. R., & Carpenter, J.S (2018). Big data and dysmenorrhea: What questions do females and males ask about menstrual pain? Journal of Women’s Health. [Epub ahead of print] doi: 10.1089/jwh.2017.6732.
Chen, C.X., Draucker, C.B., & Carpenter, J.S. (2018). What women say about their dysmenorrhea: a qualitative thematic analysis. BMC Women’s Health 18 (1): 47. doi: 10.1186/s12905-018-0538-8 (IF: 1.79).
Chen, C.X., Kroenke, K., Stump, T.E., Kean, J., Carpenter, J.S., Krebs, E.E., Bair, M.J, Damush, T.M., & Monahan, P.O.(2018). Estimating minimally important differences for the PROMIS pain interference scales: results from 3 randomized clinical trials. PAIN: The Journal of the International Association for the Study of Pain. 159 (4): 775-782. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001121.
Chen, C.X., Shieh, C., Draucker, C.B., & Carpenter, J.S. (2018). Reasons women do not seek care for dysmenorrhea. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 27(1-2):e301-e308. doi: 10.1111/jocn.13946.
Denny, D. L., & Such, T. (2018). Exploration of the relationships between postoperative pain and subsyndromal delirium in older adults. Nursing Research, 67(6), 421-429. doi: 10.1097/NNR.0000000000000305