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Merle Mishel        




Merle Mishel


Merle Helaine Mishel. Uncertainty in Illness Theory.

Mishel's 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 patients.

Individual patient uncertainty must be understood as a problematic characteristic of the experience of illness regardless of the acute or chronic nature of various diseases.


Mishel 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 Mishel Uncertainty in Illness Scale(s) are used worldwide:


Biosketch - Merle Mishel RN,Ph.D.

Kenan Professor of Nursing
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing

Carrington Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Phone: 919-966-5296
Fax: 919-843-8240


Dr Mishel’s Instruments.

Nurse 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.


Abstract from the Carolina Nursing Research Chronicle. Profile includes photo of Mishel. Distinguished Among Their Peers  by Chrys Bullard and Sunny Smith Nelson.


Abstract: Effect of Informational Support on Uncertainty in Illness among ... 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 ... Author: Mrs Sun Hong. Chiang Mai University.


Merle Mishel, PhD, RN and Barbara Germino, PhD, RN - Managing Uncertainty in Older Breast Cancer Survivors UNC-Chapel Hill.


Merle 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.  
 FYI, December 1997  Editor: Neil Caudle. Writer: Angela Spivey.


Mishel states that “... 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.

Last Modified: Thursday May 20, 2010

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