Karen is a registered nurse with a background in various medical, surgical and midwifery specialites and graduate qualifications in palliative care. Before commencing full-time research study at the University of Melbourne (Victoria, Australia) in 2001, she had worked on an inpatient palliative-care unit for seven years. While working in palliative care, Karen developed an interest in evidence-based practice and later undertook a research project aimed at identifying appropriate screening for acute confusion in palliative care. Her current research involves a systematic review of screening for psychosocial distress in adult patients with cancer. Karen has recently been appointed clinical nurse educator at Caritas Christi Hospice, Melbourne.
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