Christine J. McPherson


Christine J. McPherson
Associate Professor

Room: RGN 3045
Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 8394
Fax: 613-562-5443
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Christine McPherson is a Health Psychologist and Registered Nurse who acquired her Ph.D. from the Institute of Palliative Care and Policy at King's College, London (UK). She is an Associate professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Ottawa, where she teaches research and palliative care at the graduate level in the MSc.N and PhD program.

Her research interests include family caregiving, symptom assessment and management, and psychosocial issues in the context of advanced disease, where she is currently involved in several research projects. Her research has included systematic reviews in communication, provision of palliative care and psychosocial interventions for the National Health Service (NHS) Centre for Reviews and Dissemination at the University of York (UK), in addition to the development of nursing guidelines in end-of-life care for the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO).

She is a founding member of the Nursing Research in Palliative Care and Education Unit (NPCREU).


Research Interests

  • Advanced disease
  • Palliative and end-of-life care
  • Family caregiving
  • Health psychology
  • Research methodologies
  • Chronic disease
  • Aging


Selected PubMed Articles


  • Lobchuk MM, McPherson CJ, McClement SE, Cheang M 21883407, A comparison of patient and family caregiver prospective control over lung cancer.Journal of Advanced Nursing, Volume: 68, Issue: 5, 2012
  • Jones JM, McPherson CJ, Zimmermann , Rodin G, Le LW, Cohen SR 21454041, Assessing agreement between terminally ill cancer patients' reports of their quality of life and family caregiver and palliative care physician proxy ratings.Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Volume: 42, Issue: 3, 2011 Open Access
  • McPherson CJ, Wilson KG, Chyurlia L, Leclerc C 21554723, The caregiving relationship and quality of life among partners of stroke survivors: A cross-sectional study.Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, Volume: 9, Issue: 1, 2011 Open Access
  • McPherson CJ , Wilson KG , Chyurlia L , Leclerc C 20496974, The balance of give and take in caregiver-partner relationships: An examination of self-perceived burden, relationship equity, and quality of life from the perspective of care recipients following stroke.Rehabilitation Psychology, Volume: 55, Issue: 2, 2010
  • Thompson GN, Chochinov HM, Wilson KG, McPherson CJ, et al. 19826116, Prognostic acceptance and the well-being of patients receiving palliative care for cancer.Journal of clinical oncology : Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Volume: 27, Issue: 34, 2009
  • Lobchuk MM, Murdoch T, McClement SE, McPherson CJ 18987510, A dyadic affair: Who is to blame for causing and controlling the patient's lung cancer?Cancer Nursing, Volume: 31, Issue: 6, 2008
  • Lobchuk MM, McClement SE, McPherson CJ, Cheang M 18591172, Does blaming the patient with lung cancer affect the helping behavior of primary caregivers?Oncology Nursing Forum, Volume: 35, Issue: 4, 2008
  • McPherson CJ, Wilson KG, Lobchuk MM, Brajtman S 17981002, Family caregivers' assessment of symptoms in patients with advanced cancer: Concordance with patients and factors affecting accuracy.Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Volume: 35, Issue: 1, 2008
  • Wilson KG, Chochinov HM, McPherson CJ, et al. 17500618, Desire for euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide in palliative cancer care.Health Psychology, Volume: 26, Issue: 3, 2007
  • Wilson KG, Chochinov HM, McPherson CJ, et al. 17470861, Suffering with Advanced Cancer.Journal of Clinical Oncology, Volume: 25, Issue: 13, 2007
  • McPherson CJ, Wilson KG, Murray MA 17344260, Feeling like a burden to others: A systematic review focusing on the end of life.Palliative Medicine, Volume: 21, Issue: 2, 2007 Open Access
  • McPherson CJ, Wilson KG, Lobchuk MM, Brajtman S 18069434, Self-perceived burden to others: Patient and family caregiver correlates.Journal of Palliative Care, Volume: 23, Issue: 3, 2007
  • Brajtman S, Higuchi K, McPherson CJ 16723959, Caring for patients with terminal delirium: Palliative care unit and home care nurses' experiences.International Journal of Palliative Nursing, Volume: 12, Issue: 4, 2006
  • McPherson CJ, Addington-Hall JM 15276191, Evaluating palliative care: Bereaved family members' evaluations of patients' pain, anxiety and depression.Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Volume: 28, Issue: 2, 2004 Open Access
  • McPherson CJ, Addington-Hall JM 15132071, How do proxies' perceptions of patients' pain, anxiety, and depression change during the bereavement period?Journal of Palliative Care, Volume: 20, Issue: 1, 2004
  • McPherson CJ, Addington-Hall JM 12435554, Judging the quality of care at the end of life: Can proxies provide reliable information?, Social Science & Medicine, Volume: 56, Issue: 1, 2003 Open Access
  • Addington-Hall J, McPherson CJ 11532591, After-death interviews with surrogates/bereaved family members: Some issues of validity.Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Volume: 22, Issue: 3, 2001


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