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Susan Enguidanos, PhD

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Southern California
DepartmentGerontology
Address3715 McClintock Avenue, GER 208B
University Park Campus
Los Angeles CA 90089-0191
Phone+1 213 740 9822
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    Susan Enguidanos, Ph.D., is the Hanson Family Trust Assistant Professor of Gerontology at the Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California, with a joint appointment in the USC School of Social Work. Dr. Enguidanos has a multidisciplinary background evident in her educational and professional history. She obtained her BA in psychology at UCLA, master’s degree in public health at California State University, Long Beach, and her doctoral degree in social work at USC.

    Dr. Enguidanos conducts research in the field of palliative care, including a home-based model that is currently being implemented in many Kaiser Permanente facilities nationally. She has conducted extensive research in investigating ethnic variation in access to and use of hospice care, work that led to the development and implementation of theoretically-driven interventions aimed at improving access to hospice care for these populations. Dr. Enguidanos is currently working on understanding care setting transitions for seriously ill patients and developing mechanisms for improving continuity of palliative care for individuals with complicated illness.

    She is also Principal Investigator of a study testing a social work intervention to improve care setting transitions among older adults as they move from hospital to home. She serves as the evaluator on several other projects, including a mental health and substance abuse program for older adults and a program aimed at improving the health of seniors with multiple chronic diseases. She has published the findings from her research in several peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of American Geriatric Society, Journal of Palliative Medicine, Journal of Pain & Symptom Management, Journal of Social Work in End of Life & Palliative Care, Social Work in Health Care, and Drugs In Society.

    Dr. Enguidanos is the editor of Evidenced-Based Interventions for Community Dwelling Older Adults, a book that examines research focused on improving the health of seniors living in the community. She is associate editor of Home Health Services Quarterly and an active member of the Gerontological Society of America and the American Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and has presented results of her work at many of these and other professional meetings and conferences. Further, her research on an end-of-life care model received a national Kaiser Permanente Award for quality and has been replicated in Kaiser facilities throughout the nation. The impact of Dr. Enguidanos’ research has been far-reaching, resulting in the development of programs that are improving the delivery of healthcare nationally for the elderly, indeed, for all patients of any age who require end-life care.

    Dr. Enguidanos teaches courses such as Psychological and Social Aspects of Death and Dying, End-of-Life Care and Continuum of Care: Systems Perspective and has a joint appointment with the USC School of Social Work.


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    1. Coulourides Kogan A, Koons E, Enguidanos S. Investigating the impact of intervention refusal on hospital readmission. Am J Manag Care. 2017 Dec 01; 23(12):e394-e401. PMID: 29261248.
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    2. Johari K, Kellogg C, Vazquez K, Irvine K, Rahman A, Enguidanos S. Ratings game: an analysis of Nursing Home Compare and Yelp ratings. BMJ Qual Saf. 2017 Nov 13. PMID: 29133461.
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    3. Portanova J, Ailshire J, Perez C, Rahman A, Enguidanos S. Ethnic Differences in Advance Directive Completion and Care Preferences: What Has Changed in a Decade? J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Jun; 65(6):1352-1357. PMID: 28276051.
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    4. Coulourides Kogan A, Kobashigawa W, Enguidanos S. "Unless You Bring It Up, You Won't Know the Reactions of the People": Older Japanese Americans' Perceptions Toward Hospice Care and Advance Care Discussion and Planning. J Palliat Med. 2017 May; 20(5):445-447. PMID: 28118057.
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    5. Rahman AN, Bressette M, Enguidanos S. Quality of Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment Forms Completed in Nursing Homes. J Palliat Med. 2017 May; 20(5):538-541. PMID: 27841953.
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    6. Nguyen AL, Yan T, Ell K, Gonzalez J, Enguidanos S. Care transitions among Latino diabetics: barriers to study enrollment and transition care. Ethn Health. 2017 08; 22(4):361-371. PMID: 27764957.
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    7. Enguidanos S, Ailshire J. Timing of Advance Directive Completion and Relationship to Care Preferences. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2017 01; 53(1):49-56. PMID: 27720793.
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    8. Yonashiro-Cho J, Cote S, Enguidanos S. Knowledge About and Perceptions of Advance Care Planning and Communication of Chinese-American Older Adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 Sep; 64(9):1884-9. PMID: 27584825.
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    9. Braun LT, Grady KL, Kutner JS, Adler E, Berlinger N, Boss R, Butler J, Enguidanos S, Friebert S, Gardner TJ, Higgins P, Holloway R, Konig M, Meier D, Morrissey MB, Quest TE, Wiegand DL, Coombs-Lee B, Fitchett G, Gupta C, Roach WH. Palliative Care and Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke: A Policy Statement From the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Circulation. 2016 Sep 13; 134(11):e198-225. PMID: 27503067.
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    10. Rahman A, Enguidanos S. Paving Pathways on Proven Ground: The Future of Home-Based Palliative Care. J Palliat Med. 2016 Apr; 19(4):354-5. PMID: 26974583.
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    11. Nguyen AL, Green J, Enguidanos S. The relationship between depressive symptoms, diabetes symptoms, and self-management among an urban, low-income Latino population. J Diabetes Complications. 2015 Nov-Dec; 29(8):1003-8. PMID: 26490755.
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    12. Coulourides Kogan A, Penido M, Enguidanos S. Does Disclosure of Terminal Prognosis Mean Losing Hope? Insights from Exploring Patient Perspectives on Their Experience of Palliative Care Consultations. J Palliat Med. 2015 Dec; 18(12):1019-25. PMID: 26288098.
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    13. Portanova J, Irvine K, Yi JY, Enguidanos S. It isn't like this on TV: Revisiting CPR survival rates depicted on popular TV shows. Resuscitation. 2015 Nov; 96:148-50. PMID: 26296584.
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    14. Rahman AN, Bressette M, Gassoumis ZD, Enguidanos S. Nursing Home Residents' Preferences on Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment. Gerontologist. 2016 08; 56(4):714-22. PMID: 26035903; PMCID: PMC4944535 [Available on 08/01/17].
    15. Enguidanos S, Coulourides Kogan AM, Schreibeis-Baum H, Lendon J, Lorenz K. "Because I was sick": seriously ill veterans' perspectives on reason for 30-day readmissions. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2015 Mar; 63(3):537-42. PMID: 25732270.
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    16. Barber RD, Coulourides Kogan A, Riffenburgh A, Enguidanos S. A role for social workers in improving care setting transitions: a case study. Soc Work Health Care. 2015; 54(3):177-92. PMID: 25760487.
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    17. Enguidanos S, DeLiema M, Aguilar I, Lambrinos J, Wilber K. Multicultural voices: Attitudes of older adults in the United States about elder mistreatment. Ageing Soc. 2014 May; 34(5):877-903. PMID: 25364064.
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    18. Enguidanos S, Portanova J. The provision of home-based palliative care for those with advanced heart failure. Curr Opin Support Palliat Care. 2014 Mar; 8(1):4-8. PMID: 24316851.
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    19. Enguidanos S, Vesper E, Goldstein R. Ethnic differences in hospice enrollment following inpatient palliative care consultation. J Hosp Med. 2013 Oct; 8(10):598-600. PMID: 24022871.
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    20. Enguidanos S, Housen P, Penido M, Mejia B, Miller JA. Family members' perceptions of inpatient palliative care consult services: a qualitative study. Palliat Med. 2014 Jan; 28(1):42-8. PMID: 23744841.
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    21. Enguidanos S, Yonashiro-Cho J, Cote S. Knowledge and perceptions of hospice care of Chinese older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2013 Jun; 61(6):993-8. PMID: 23772724.
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    22. Gassoumis ZD, Fike KT, Rahman AN, Enguidanos S, Wilber KH. Who transitions to the community from nursing homes? Comparing patterns and predictors for short-stay and long-stay residents. Home Health Care Serv Q. 2013; 32(2):75-91. PMID: 23679659; PMCID: PMC3711511.
    23. Kogan AC, Brumley R, Wilber K, Enguidanos S. Physician factors that influence patient referrals to end-of-life care. Am J Manag Care. 2012 Nov 01; 18(11):e416-22. PMID: 23198748.
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    24. Enguidanos S, Vesper E, Lorenz K. 30-day readmissions among seriously ill older adults. J Palliat Med. 2012 Dec; 15(12):1356-61. PMID: 23045990.
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    25. Levine S, Steinman BA, Attaway K, Jung T, Enguidanos S. Home care program for patients at high risk of hospitalization. Am J Manag Care. 2012 Aug 01; 18(8):e269-76. PMID: 22928795.
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    26. Kogan AC, Gonzalez J, Hart B, Halloran S, Thomason B, Levine M, Enguidanos S. Be Well: results of a nutrition, exercise, and weight management intervention among at-risk older adults. J Appl Gerontol. 2013 Oct; 32(7):889-901. PMID: 25474803.
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    27. Enguidanos S, Gibbs N, Jamison P. From hospital to home: a brief nurse practitioner intervention for vulnerable older adults. J Gerontol Nurs. 2012 Mar; 38(3):40-50. PMID: 22300505.
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    28. Enguidanos S, Coulourides Kogan A, Keefe B, Geron SM, Katz L. Patient-centered approach to building problem solving skills among older primary care patients: problems identified and resolved. J Gerontol Soc Work. 2011 Apr; 54(3):276-91. PMID: 21462059.
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    29. Enguidanos S, Kogan AC, Lorenz K, Taylor G. Use of role model stories to overcome barriers to hospice among African Americans. J Palliat Med. 2011 Feb; 14(2):161-8. PMID: 21265628.
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    30. Rabow MW, Pantilat SZ, Kerr K, Enguidanos S, Ferrell B, Goldstein R, Pankratz C, Picchi T, Rosenfeld KE, Stone SC. The intersection of need and opportunity: assessing and capitalizing on opportunities to expand hospital-based palliative care services. J Palliat Med. 2010 Oct; 13(10):1205-10. PMID: 20831435.
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    31. Enguidanos S, Housen P, Goldstein R, Vesper E, Allen J, Braun W. Physician and nurse perceptions of a new inpatient palliative care consultation project: implications for education and training. J Palliat Med. 2009 Dec; 12(12):1137-42. PMID: 19708839.
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    32. Alkema GE, Enguidanos S, Wilber KH, Trufasiu M, Simmons WJ, Frey D. The role of consultant pharmacists in reducing medication problems among older adults receiving Medicaid waiver services. Consult Pharm. 2009 Feb; 24(2):121-33. PMID: 19275454.
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    33. Keefe B, Geron SM, Enguidanos S. Integrating social workers into primary care: physician and nurse perceptions of roles, benefits, and challenges. Soc Work Health Care. 2009; 48(6):579-96. PMID: 19860293.
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    34. Alkema GE, Wilber KH, Frey D, Enguidanos S, Simmons WJ. Characteristics associated with four potential medication problems among older adults in Medicaid waiver services. Consult Pharm. 2008 May; 23(5):396-403. PMID: 18540793.
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    35. Alkema GE, Wilber KH, Simmons WJ, Enguidanos S, Frey D. Prevalence of potential medication problems among dually eligible older adults in Medicaid waiver services. Ann Pharmacother. 2007 Dec; 41(12):1971-8. PMID: 17986518.
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    36. Brumley R, Enguidanos S, Jamison P, Seitz R, Morgenstern N, Saito S, McIlwane J, Hillary K, Gonzalez J. Increased satisfaction with care and lower costs: results of a randomized trial of in-home palliative care. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2007 Jul; 55(7):993-1000. PMID: 17608870.
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    37. Enguidanos S, Yip J, Wilber K. Ethnic variation in site of death of older adults dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2005 Aug; 53(8):1411-6. PMID: 16078971.
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    38. Enguidanos S, Cherin D, Brumley R. Home-based palliative care study: site of death, and costs of medical care for patients with congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and cancer. J Soc Work End Life Palliat Care. 2005; 1(3):37-56. PMID: 17387068.
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    39. Enguidanos S, Davis C, Katz L. Shifting the paradigm in geriatric care management: moving from the medical model to patient-centered care. Soc Work Health Care. 2005; 41(1):1-16. PMID: 16048853.
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    40. Enguidanos S, Brumley RD. Risk of medication errors at hospital discharge and barriers to problem resolution. Home Health Care Serv Q. 2005; 24(1-2):123-35. PMID: 16236663.
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    41. Cherin DA, Enguidanos S, Jamison P. Physicians as medical center "extenders" in end-of-life care: physician home visits as the lynch pin in creating an end-of-life care system. Home Health Care Serv Q. 2004; 23(2):41-53. PMID: 15256350.
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    42. Brumley RD, Enguidanos S, Cherin DA. Effectiveness of a home-based palliative care program for end-of-life. J Palliat Med. 2003 Oct; 6(5):715-24. PMID: 14622451.
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    43. Enguidanos S, Gibbs NE, Simmons WJ, Savoni KJ, Jamison PM, Hackstaff L, Griffin AM, Cherin DA. Kaiser Permanente community partners project: improving geriatric care management practices. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2003 May; 51(5):710-4. PMID: 12752849.
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