Research Institute in Oncology and Hematology

Dr Susan McClement

Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care

Dr Susan McClement
475 Helen Glass Ctr - The University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2
Email: Dr Susan McClement


Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care

Dr. McClement’s research focus within the area of psychosocial oncology and palliative care is concerned the issue nutrition and end of life care. She conducts investigations examining cancer anorexia-cachexia and the impact this prevalent symptom holds for terminally ill patients and their families. Within this program of research (which is conducted as part of her work done in conjunction with the Cancer Cachexia New Emerging Team Grant funded by the CIHR and headed by Dr. Vicki Baracos), are studies examining issues of involuntary weight loss due to cachexia and its impact on body image from the perspective of terminally ill cancer patients and their family members, and the experience of being reliant on tube-feeding for individuals with head and neck tumors experiencing dysphagia. Dr. McClement is also interested in the area of ethics in palliative care and has begun to undertake studies examining “experiences of the ethical” as reported by health care aides who provide care to dying seniors in personal care home settings.


Team Members

Publications Since 2010

PubMed Listed Publications
  1. Keep in touch (KIT): perspectives on introducing internet-based communication and information technologies in palliative care. Guo Q, Cann B, McClement S , Thompson G, Chochinov HM. BMC Palliat Care. 2016 Aug 2;15:66. doi: 10.1186/s12904-016-0140-5.

  2. Sympathy, empathy, and compassion: A grounded theory study of palliative care patients' understandings, experiences, and preferences. Sinclair S, Beamer K, Hack TF, McClement S , Raffin Bouchal S, Chochinov HM, Hagen NA. Palliat Med. 2016 Aug 17. pii: 0269216316663499. [Epub ahead of print]

  3. Compassion training in healthcare: what are patients' perspectives on training healthcare providers? Sinclair S, Torres MB, Raffin-Bouchal S, Hack TF, McClement S , Hagen NA, Chochinov HM. BMC Med Educ. 2016 Jul 11;16:169. doi: 10.1186/s12909-016-0695-0.

  4. The TIME Questionnaire: A tool for eliciting personhood and enhancing dignity in nursing homes. Pan JL, Chochinov H, Thompson G, McClement S . Geriatr Nurs. 2016 Jul-Aug;37(4):273-7. doi: 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2016.03.001. Epub 2016 Apr 21.

  5. Dignity and Distress towards the End of Life across Four Non-Cancer Populations. Chochinov HM, Johnston W, McClement SE , Hack TF, Dufault B, Enns M, Thompson G, Harlos M, Damant RW, Ramsey CD, Davison S, Zacharias J, Milke D, Strang D, Campbell-Enns HJ, Kredentser MS. PLoS One. 2016 Jan 25;11(1):e0147607. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0147607. eCollection 2016.

  6. Compassion: a scoping review of the healthcare literature. Sinclair S, Norris JM, McConnell SJ, Chochinov HM, Hack TF, Hagen NA, McClement S , Bouchal SR. BMC Palliat Care. 2016 Jan 19;15:6. doi: 10.1186/s12904-016-0080-0. Review.

  7. Compassion in Health Care: An Empirical Model. Sinclair S, McClement S , Raffin-Bouchal S, Hack TF, Hagen NA, McConnell S, Chochinov HM. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2016 Feb;51(2):193-203. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2015.10.009. Epub 2015 Oct 26.

  8. Eliciting Personhood Within Clinical Practice: Effects on Patients, Families, and Health Care Providers. Chochinov HM, McClement S , Hack T, Thompson G, Dufault B, Harlos M. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2015 Jun;49(6):974-80.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2014.11.291. Epub 2014 Dec 17.

  9. A Qualitative Analysis of "Naturalistic" Conversations in a Peer-Led Online Support Community for Lung Cancer. Lobchuk M, McClement S , Rigney M, Copeland A, Bayrampour H. Cancer Nurs. 2015 Sep-Oct;38(5):E21-31. doi: 10.1097/NCC.0000000000000207.

  10. Does access to a colorectal cancer screening website and/or a nurse-managed telephone help line provided to patients by their family physician increase fecal occult blood test uptake?: results from a pragmatic cluster randomized controlled trial. Clouston K, Katz A, Martens PJ, Sisler J, Turner D, Lobchuk M, McClement S , Crow G; CIHR/CCMB Team in Primary Care Oncology (PCO-NET). BMC Cancer. 2014 Apr 16;14:263. doi: 10.1186/1471-2407-14-263.

  11. Methotrimeprazine for the management of end-of-life symptoms in infants and children. Hohl CM, Stenekes S, Harlos MS, Shepherd E, McClement S , Chochinov HM. J Palliat Care. 2013 Autumn;29(3):178-85.

  12. An exploration of the patient navigator role: perspectives of younger women with breast cancer. Pedersen AE, Hack TF, McClement S E, Taylor-Brown J. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2014 Jan 1;41(1):77-88. doi: 10.1188/14.ONF.77-88.

  13. Nurses' responses to initial moral distress in long-term care. Edwards MP, McClement S E, Read LR. J Bioeth Inq. 2013 Oct;10(3):325-36. doi: 10.1007/s11673-013-9463-6. Epub 2013 Jun 22.

  14. Health care provider communication: an empirical model of therapeutic effectiveness. Chochinov HM, McClement S E, Hack TF, McKeen NA, Rach AM, Gagnon P, Sinclair S, Taylor-Brown J. Cancer. 2013 May 1;119(9):1706-13. doi: 10.1002/cncr.27949. Epub 2013 Jan 22.

  15. Spiritual care: how to do it. Sinclair S, Bouchal SR, Chochinov H, Hagen N, McClement S . BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2012 Dec;2(4):319-27. doi: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2011-000191. Epub 2012 Jul 11.

  16. Understanding bereaved family members' dissatisfaction with end-of-life care in nursing homes. Thompson GN, McClement S E, Menec VH, Chochinov HM. J Gerontol Nurs. 2012 Oct;38(10):49-60. doi: 10.3928/00989134-20120906-94. Epub 2012 Sep 17.

  17. The Patient Dignity Inventory: applications in the oncology setting. Chochinov HM, McClement S E, Hack TF, McKeen NA, Rach AM, Gagnon P, Sinclair S, Taylor-Brown J. J Palliat Med. 2012 Sep;15(9):998-1005. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2012.0066.

  18. Family members' experiences caring for patients with advanced head and neck cancer receiving tube feeding: a descriptive phenomenological study. Penner JL, McClement S , Lobchuk M, Daeninck P. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2012 Oct;44(4):563-71. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2011.10.016. Epub 2012 Jun 13.

  19. Does access to a colorectal cancer screening website and/or a nurse-managed telephone help line provided to patients by their family physician increase fecal occult blood test uptake?: A pragmatic cluster randomized controlled trial study protocol. Clouston K, Katz A, Martens PJ, Sisler J, Turner D, Lobchuk M, McClement S ; CIHR/CCMB Team in Primary Care Oncology (PCO-NET). BMC Cancer. 2012 May 17;12:182. doi: 10.1186/1471-2407-12-182.

  20. Fecal occult blood testing instructions and impact on patient adherence. Bapuji SB, Lobchuk MM, McClement S E, Sisler JJ, Katz A, Martens P. Cancer Epidemiol. 2012 Aug;36(4):e258-64. doi: 10.1016/j.canep.2012.03.007. Epub 2012 Apr 13.

  21. Pilot study of a survey to identify the prevalence of and risk factors for chronic neuropathic pain following breast cancer surgery. Bokhari FN, McMillan DE, McClement S , Daeninck PJ. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2012 Mar;39(2):E141-9. doi: 10.1188/12.ONF.E141-E149.

  22. Impact of patient smoking behavior on empathic helping by family caregivers in lung cancer. Lobchuk MM, McClement S E, McPherson CJ, Cheang M. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2012 Mar;39(2):E112-21. doi: 10.1188/12.ONF.E112-E121.

  23. Dignity therapy: a feasibility study of elders in long-term care. Chochinov HM, Cann B, Cullihall K, Kristjanson L, Harlos M, McClement S E, Hack TF, Hassard T. Palliat Support Care. 2012 Mar;10(1):3-15. doi: 10.1017/S1478951511000538. Review.

  24. What is the role of family in promoting faecal occult blood test screening? Exploring physician, average-risk individual, and family perceptions. Lobchuk MM, Bapuji SB, McClement S E, Sisler JJ, Katz A, Martens P, Turner D, Clouston K. Cancer Epidemiol. 2012 Jun;36(3):e190-9. doi: 10.1016/j.canep.2012.01.002. Epub 2012 Feb 5.

  25. How respect and kindness are experienced at the end of life by nursing home residents. Thompson GN, McClement S E, Chochinov HM. Can J Nurs Res. 2011 Sep;43(3):96-118.

  26. A comparison of patient and family caregiver prospective control over lung cancer. Lobchuk MM, McPherson CJ, McClement S E, Cheang M. J Adv Nurs. 2012 May;68(5):1122-33. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2011.05819.x. Epub 2011 Aug 25.

  27. Sleeping with one eye open: the sleep experience of family members providing palliative care at home. Hearson B, McClement S , McMillan DE, Harlos M. J Palliat Care. 2011 Summer;27(2):69-78.

  28. Effect of dignity therapy on distress and end-of-life experience in terminally ill patients: a randomised controlled trial. Chochinov HM, Kristjanson LJ, Breitbart W, McClement S , Hack TF, Hassard T, Harlos M. Lancet Oncol. 2011 Aug;12(8):753-62. doi: 10.1016/S1470-2045(11)70153-X. Epub 2011 Jul 6.

  29. Genotype and environment effects on nitrate accumulation in a diversity set of lettuce accessions at commercial maturity: the influence of nitrate uptake and assimilation, osmotic interactions and shoot weight and development. Burns IG, Zhang K, Turner MK, Lynn J, McClement S , Hand P, Pink D. J Sci Food Agric. 2011 Sep;91(12):2217-33. doi: 10.1002/jsfa.4442. Epub 2011 May 5.

  30. "Broken covenant": healthcare aides' "experience of the ethical" in caring for dying seniors in a personal care home. McClement S , Lobchuk M, Chochinov HM, Dean R. J Clin Ethics. 2010 Fall;21(3):201-11.

  31. Learning from dying patients during their final days: life reflections gleaned from dignity therapy. Hack TF, McClement S E, Chochinov HM, Cann BJ, Hassard TH, Kristjanson LJ, Harlos M. Palliat Med. 2010 Oct;24(7):715-23. doi: 10.1177/0269216310373164. Epub 2010 Jul 6.

  32. Spousal bereavement: the lived experience of young Canadian widows. Lowe ME, McClement S E. Omega (Westport). 2010-2011;62(2):127-48.

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