Hyewon Shin, Ph.D.
School of Nursing
College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences
Who is Dr. Shin?
Hyewon Shin is from Seoul, Korea, where she attended Ewha Womans University for her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing. She also holds a doctorate degree from the University of North Carolina- Greensboro.
Dr. Shin’s research includes survivorship care plans of pediatric cancer survivors, health-related quality of life, smartphone app use in patient education, and nurses’ attitudes about caregivers’ burdens.
With pediatric cancer survivors, she researches various contributing factors to improve quality of life, symptom management, and health-promoting behaviors in survivors of adolescent and young adult cancer. She conducted research using meta data from St. Jude Children’s Hospital to examine the impact of late effects on health-related quality of life in survivors of childhood cancer. She plans to use technology such as smartphone app/modules to let patients engage in their cancer survivorship plans and improve health-promoting behaviors, such as avoiding alcohol consumption, smoking cessation, and avoiding substance use, as well as participating in cancer screening tests. She plans to provide multidisciplinary team approaches among doctors, nurses, social workers, nutritionists, etc., at hospitals while also addressing survivors’ usage of team cognition concepts to improve continued care after completion of cancer treatments.
Another research avenue she plans to pursue is nurses’ attitudes about strains and burdens placed on caregivers who have family members with cancer.
How Dr. Shin’s research is transforming health care
Measuring the health outcomes of childhood cancer survivors within five years after completion of cancer treatment will assist in developing more effective survivorship care plans. In addition, improved knowledge of their health outcomes can be used to develop E-learning interventions to reduce their symptoms such as fatigue, encourage use of coping strategies and improve health-related quality of life.
Exploring effective collaborative teamwork can provide consistent information to adolescent and young adult cancer survivors as well as make them aware of long-term survivorship clinics.
With her research on nurses’ knowledge of caregiver burdens, she will develop interventions to help nurses learn to better support caregivers, improving the quality of life both for caregivers and patients. Additionally with effective interventions, oncology nurse retention could be improved by decreasing nurse stress and increasing job satisfaction.
News and media related to Dr. Shin’s research
- Health professional version by National Cancer Institute - “Late effects of treatment for childhood Cancer”
Health Research Expertise Keywords
Pediatric Cancer Survivors, Health-Related Quality of Life, Symptom Management, Caregivers Burden, Mobile Health