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Andrea C. Enzinger, MD

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Phone: (617) 582-7335
Fax: (617) 582-7875


andrea_enzinger@dfci.harvard.edu

Andrea C. Enzinger, MD

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

EDUCATIONAL TITLES

  • Instructor, Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Instructor, Medical Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

DF/HCC PROGRAM AFFILIATION

Research Abstract

My research focuses on the intersection of oncology and palliative care. I am interested in understanding effective communication about prognosis and the goals of palliative cancer treatment. I am also interested in understanding and improving the support of patient spirituality within care at the end-of-life. Specific projects I am currently working on include an analysis of audio-recorded cancer progression clinic conversations seeking to identify communication characteristics which favorably impact advanced cancer patients’ prognostic understanding. I am also collaborating with Dr. Deb Schrag in a PCORI funded project to involve key patient and clinician stakeholders to create a multi-media library of patient-centered informed consent tools for common palliative chemotherapy regimens. This suite of tools with then be tested in a randomized clinical trial to determine if it improves patient-centered informed decision making about palliative chemotherapy for metastatic colorectal cancer.

Publications

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  • Balboni MJ, Sullivan A, Enzinger AC, Epstein-Peterson ZD, Tseng YD, Mitchell C, Niska J, Zollfrank A, Vanderweele TJ, Balboni TA. Nurse and Physician Barriers to Spiritual Care Provision at the End of Life. J Pain Symptom Manage 2014. PubMed
  • Enzinger AC, Zhang B, Weeks JC, Prigerson HG. Clinical Trial Participation as Part of End-of-Life Cancer Care: Associations With Medical Care and Quality of Life Near Death. J Pain Symptom Manage 2013. PubMed
  • Balboni TA, Balboni M, Enzinger AC, Gallivan K, Paulk ME, Wright A, Steinhauser K, VanderWeele TJ, Prigerson HG. Provision of spiritual support to patients with advanced cancer by religious communities and associations with medical care at the end of life. JAMA Intern Med 2013; 173:1109-17. PubMed
  • Balboni MJ, Sullivan A, Amobi A, Phelps AC, Gorman DP, Zollfrank A, Peteet JR, Prigerson HG, Vanderweele TJ, Balboni TA. Why is spiritual care infrequent at the end of life? Spiritual care perceptions among patients, nurses, and physicians and the role of training. J Clin Oncol 2013; 31:461-7. PubMed
  • Phelps AC, Lauderdale KE, Alcorn S, Dillinger J, Balboni MT, Van Wert M, Vanderweele TJ, Balboni TA. Addressing spirituality within the care of patients at the end of life: perspectives of patients with advanced cancer, oncologists, and oncology nurses. J Clin Oncol 2012; 30:2538-44. PubMed
  • Maciejewski PK, Phelps AC, Kacel EL, Balboni TA, Balboni M, Wright AA, Pirl W, Prigerson HG. Religious coping and behavioral disengagement: opposing influences on advance care planning and receipt of intensive care near death. 2011. PubMed
  • Balboni MJ, Babar A, Dillinger J, Phelps AC, George E, Block SD, Kachnic L, Hunt J, Peteet J, Prigerson HG, Vanderweele TJ, Balboni TA. "It Depends": Viewpoints of Patients, Physicians, and Nurses on Patient-Practitioner Prayer in the Setting of Advanced Cancer. J Pain Symptom Manage 2011. PubMed
  • Balboni TA, Paulk ME, Balboni MJ, Phelps AC, Loggers ET, Wright AA, Block SD, Lewis EF, Peteet JR, Prigerson HG. Provision of spiritual care to patients with advanced cancer: associations with medical care and quality of life near death. J Clin Oncol 2010; 28:445-52. PubMed
  • Phelps AC,Maciejewski PK,Nilsson M,Balboni TA,Wright AA,Paulk ME,Trice E,Schrag D,Peteet JR,Block SD,Prigerson HG. Religious coping and use of intensive life-prolonging care near death in patients with advanced cancer. JAMA 2009; 301:1140-7. PubMed