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Box 357260
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206-543-8736

George Demiris, PhD, FACMI

Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems
Box 357266
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195

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My research focuses on the use of information technology to support older adults and improve quality of care in home and hospice care. I explore various systems for home monitoring of community dwelling older adults, the use of personal health devices and "smart home" applications, and examine the use of informatics in gerontology. Furthermore, I examine various interventions for caregivers of hospice patients. My expertise is in health informatics and I use both quantitative and qualitative methodology focusing on both observational and intervention research. The ultimate goal of my research is to improve quality of life for older adults in various settings and their families, and empower patients and family members to become actively engaged in the health care delivery process.


My current teaching is within the Clinical Informatics and Patient Centered Technologies Program. I teach a course examining the design and evaluation of telehealth and telemedicine systems, as well as a seminar exploring the use of technology for older adults.

Practice, Service, Community Involvement

I am a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and serve on various committees within the American Medical Informatics Association.

Current Publications

Kelley, M., Demiris, G., Nguyen, H., Oliver. DP., & Wittenberg-Lyles, E. (2013). Informal hospice caregiver pain management concerns: a qualitative study. Palliative Medicine, 27, 673-682.

Demiris, G., Parker Oliver, D., Capurro, D., & Wittenberg-Lyles, E. Implementation Science: Implications for Intervention Research in Hospice and Palliative Care. Gerontologist (In Press)

Demiris, G., Thompson, H., Boquet, J., Le, T., Chaudhuri, S., & Chung, J. (2013). Older adults' acceptance of a community-based telehealth wellness system. Informatics in Health and Social Care, 38, 27-36.

Le, T., Reeder, B., Thompson, H., & Demiris, G. (2013). Health providers' perceptions of novel approaches to visualizing integrated health information. Methods of Information in Medicine, 52, 250-258.

Demiris, G., Parker Oliver, D., Kruse, R.L., & Wittenberg-Lyles, E. (2012). Telehealth group interactions in the hospice setting: assessing technical quality across platforms. Telemedicine Journal and e-Health, 19, 235-240.

Current Research Projects

A Problem Solving Intervention for Hospice Caregivers
National Institutes of Health (NIH)/ National Institute for Nursing Research (NINR)
R01NR012213 Demiris (PI); 4/1/2011-3/31/2015
This is a 4-year randomized trial study examining a problem solving therapy intervention delivered through technology platforms.

Biomedical and Health Informatics Training Grant
National Library of Medicine (NIH/ NLM)
T15LM007442 Demiris (PI); 7/1/2012-6/30/2017
The broad, long term goal of the training program is to facilitate informatics research and training activities of the Division of Biomedical and Health Informatics (DBHI) at the University of Washington (UW).

The ACTIVE Intervention to Improve Hospice Caregiver Pain Management
R01NR011472 Parker Oliver (PI); 9/15/2010-6/30/2014
This four year multi randomized controlled trial of the ACTIVE intervention uses video technology to bring family members into hospice team meetings, measuring the effect of the participation on caregivers’ perception of pain management and patient pain.
Role: Principal Investigator of subcontract with University of Missouri
Transforming Community‐Based Elder Care through Heterogeneous Activity Sensing Analytics
National Science Foundation; NSF-CDI-1028195 Balazinska, Demiris, Fogarty, Patel (PIs); 9/15/2010-8/31/2015
This project explores smart home sensors designed for community dwelling older adults in order to promote iaging in place.

A Technology Enhanced Intervention for Hospice Caregivers
R21NR010744 Demiris (PI); 6/1/2008 - 5/31/2011
This project explores the use of commercially available videophones to deliver a nursing intervention aiming to improve coping skills of hospice caregivers.

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