Merle Helaine Mishel. Uncertainty
in Illness Theory.
research in the area of teaching cancer patients to advocate
for their own care has gained national recognition. She also
studies what can be done to improve the health care that
cancer patients receive without increasing costs on an already
overburdened system. She works with prostate and breast cancer
patient uncertainty must be understood as a problematic
characteristic of the experience of illness regardless of the
acute or chronic nature of various diseases.
has a master's degree in psychiatric nursing and a PhD in
social psychology. She is known for her research on
uncertainty and its management in chronic and life-threatening
illness. She has expertise in psychosocial responses to cancer
and chronic illness as well as interventions to manage
uncertainty. Her tools
Uncertainty in Illness Scale(s) are used worldwide:
Biosketch - Merle Mishel
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
clinician’s, students, educator’s and researchers who need
scales and the manual for uncertainty in cancer ‘MUIC’ can
source Dr. Mishel's Instruments:
How To Request Scales University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill School of Nursing.
from the Carolina Nursing Research Chronicle. Profile includes
photo of Mishel.
Distinguished Among Their Peers by Chrys Bullard and
Sunny Smith Nelson.
Effect of Informational Support on Uncertainty in Illness
... Mastectomy Patients.
... All subjects were
asked to answer the Mishel Uncertainty in Illness Scale three
times at the day of admission, the day before operation, and
the day before ...
Mrs Sun Hong. Chiang Mai University.
Mishel, PhD, RN and Barbara Germino, PhD, RN - Managing Uncertainty in Older Breast Cancer Survivors UNC-Chapel
Mishel is quoted:
test results, diagnosis, which treatments to pursue, and even
what foods to eat can
consume a patient with worry …”
Researchers help patients deal with pain, stress.
December 1997 Editor: Neil Caudle. Writer: Angela
The advent of managed care has decreased the amount of time
health-care providers spend with patients,”
Nurses’ follow-up phone calls help cancer patients
By Leslie H. Lang.
UNC-CH School of Medicine.