Teresa Thomas

Teresa Thomas

University of Pittsburgh

Testing a Narrative Serious Game to Improve Cancer Patient Self-Advocacy

Teresa Thomas is a leader in promoting self-advocacy among patients with cancer. She has developed a model and measure of how patients advocate for their needs and priorities within the context of their cancer experience – the Female Self-Advocacy in Cancer Survivorship Scale. Currently, her research evaluates the impact of a theoretically-based, patient-centered serious game (a motivational video game) intervention on women with advanced cancer’s self-advocacy skills, symptom burden, and use of health care services. She also works with clinical nurses to understand how nurses can promote self-advocacy among their patients. Dr. Thomas’s other areas of interest include cancer symptom management, instrument development and testing, and financial distress related to chronic health problems. Dr. Thomas partners with patient advocates, advocacy organizations, patients, and caregivers to implement patient empowerment within patients’ clinical experiences and social lives. She has received funding from the National Institute of Nursing Research (F31 NR014066), the American Cancer Society, the Oncology Nursing Foundation, Sigma Theta Tau International, Rockefeller University, the Beckwith Institute, and the Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania in support of her research.