Assistant Professor, The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology (Pain & Palliative Care)
Dr Myra Glajchen has worked as a clinician, educator, researcher, and administrator for the past twenty five years. She currently serves as the Director of the Institute for Education and Training in Pain and Palliative Care at BIMC. As such, she has responsibility for education, training, and curriculum development in pain and palliative care at Beth Israel Medical Center, including coordination of the fellowship in Pain Medicine and the fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She is an Assistant Professor in Neurology and Anesthesiology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Dr Glajchen has participated in over 20 international CME conferences on various topics related to pain, chemical dependency, palliative care, hospice, caregivers and interdisciplinary practice. As Co-Director of two accredited fellowship programs at Beth Israel, she has actively participated in the development of the nuts and bolts of accredited training programs and in the direct training of 82 physician Fellows in Pain Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. In addition, she has oversight for over 50 clinical electives each year, including preceptorships, observerships for house officers and attendings from the US and overseas, and site visits for medical teams requesting technical assistance and programmatic guidance.
Dr Glajchen created Beth Israel’s Family Caregiver Initiative in 1998, and has guided the development and dissemination of the program’s deliverables and research studies dedicated to screening and improving the well-being of family caregivers of patients with serious or advanced chronic illness. This has included publication of the widely acclaimed Caregiver Resource Directory in 2000, validation of the Brief Assessment Scale for Caregivers (BASC), through several studies and clinical trials, needs assessments of caregiver burden in a palliative home care population, in the Emergency Department, in caregivers of recently discharged inpatients, and in Chinese caregivers, and development of NetofCare, an interactive online resource for caregivers utilized by an average of 3,500 caregivers every month. She recently validated the Brief Assessment Scale for Caregivers – Chinese version (BASC-C), which highlights cultural burden in advance care planning and decision-making at the end of life.
As Director of the Asian Family Caregiver Project, Dr Glajchen has created new clinical services for Chinese caregivers through the Asian Information Line (AIL), designed cross-cultural educational tools to improve communication with caregivers at the end of life, and provided oversight for many clinical programs designed to increase access to palliative care, hospice, home care and other resources for immigrant families disenfranchised by virtue of their culture, education or income. She published the Asian Family Caregiver Handbook and the Asian Family Caregiver NYC Resource Directory and designed and tested several innovative models for caregivers including a Quality Improvement (QI) initiative targeting recently discharged Chinese caregivers and a pilot project to test the feasibility of training older Chinese volunteers to provide telephone support to elderly Chinese caregivers.
Dr Glajchen has been recognized for her leadership in the field of caregiving through invitations to join expert panels, serve as an invited speaker, submit publications, serve as a peer reviewer, serve as a faculty member on numerous grants and speak at many national and international conferences in the US and abroad.
Articles in Refereed Journals:
Glajchen, M. (1982): Teamwork in a Hospital Setting: The Role of the Social Worker in a Pediatric Team. Social Work (South Africa), 18: 15 -38.
Calder, K., Glajchen, M. and Blum, D. (1993). Patient Advocacy in Cancer Pain Relief: The Cancer Care Model. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 8: 381 - 384.
Glajchen, M. (1994). Psychosocial Consequences of Inadequate Health Insurance for Patients with Cancer. Cancer Practice, 2: 115-120.
Glajchen, M., Blum, D. and Calder, K. (1995). Cancer Pain Management and the Role of Social Work: Barriers and Interventions. Health and Social Work, 20: 200-206.
Glajchen, M., Fitzmartin, R.D., Blum, D., and Swanton, R. (1995). Psychosocial Barriers to Cancer Pain Relief. Cancer Practice, 3: 76-82.
Glajchen, M. and Magen, R. (1995). Evaluating Process, Outcome and Satisfaction in Community-Based Cancer Support Groups. Social Work with Groups, Special Issue, 18: 27-40.
Glajchen, M. and Moul, J.W. (1996). Teleconferencing as a Method of Educating Men about Managing Advanced Prostate Cancer & Pain. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 14:73-87.
Zabora, J.R., Blanchard, C.G., Smith, E.D., Roberts, C.S, Glajchen, M. et al. (1997). Prevalence of Psychological Distress Among Cancer Patients Across the Disease Continuum. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology,15:73-87.
Glajchen, M. (1997). Creating a Consumer Demand for Pain Relief: A Role for State Cancer Pain Initiatives. American Pain Society Bulletin.
Magen, R.H. and Glajchen, M. (1999). Cancer Support Groups: Client Outcome and the Context of Group Process. Research on Social Work Practice, 9: 541-554.
Glajchen, M and Zuckerman, C. (2001). Resolving Conflict and Making Decisions, Journal of Palliative Medicine. 4(2), 221-225.
Glajchen, M. and Bookbinder, M. (2001). Knowledge and Perceived Competence of Home Care Nurses in Pain Management: A National Survey. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 21: 307-316.
Glajchen, M. (2001). Chronic Pain: Barriers and Strategies for Clinical Practice. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 14: 211-218.
Glajchen, M, Bookbinder, M and Gorordo, P. (2003). Building a Model Pain Management Program in Your Community Center. Oncology Issues, vol. 18, no.3: 32-36.
Levine, C., Glajchen, M, Cournos, F. (2004). Case Study: A Fifteen Year-Old Translator. Hastings Center Report, vol 34, no. 3: pp10-12.
Glajchen, M. (2004). Emerging Role of Caregivers in Cancer Care. Journal of Supportive Oncology, 2: pp 145-155.
Glajchen, M., Kornblith, AB, Homel, P, Fraidin, L, Mauskop, A, Portenoy, RK. (2005). Development of a Brief Assessment Scale for Caregivers of the Medically Ill. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 29, no. 3: pp 245-254.
Bookbinder, M., Glajchen, M., McHugh, M., Higgins, P., Budis, J., Solomon, N., Homel, P., Cassin, C and Portenoy, RK. (2011), Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 41 no. 1: pp 25-34. Nurse Practitioner-Based Models of Specialist Palliative Care at Home: Sustainability and Evaluation of Feasibility
Glajchen, M., Lawson, R., Homel, P., DeSandre, P and Todd, K H. (2011). A Rapid Two-Stage Screening Protocol for Palliative Care in the Emergency Department: A Quality Improvement Initiative. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. Vol. 42 No. 5 November: pp 657-662.
Mui, A., Glajchen, M., Chen, H., Sun, J. (2012). Developing an Older Adult Volunteer Program in a New York Chinese Community: An Evidence-based Approach. Ageing International. September, published online, Springer Publishers.
Glajchen, M. (2012). Physical Well-Being of Oncology Caregivers: An Important Quality of Life Domain. Seminars in Oncology Nursing. 28 (4): 226-236.
Glajchen, M., Tsoi, CY, Mui, A, Chan, S. and Hirsch, L. (2103, in progress). Training Volunteers to Provide Caregiver Support: Can Volunteers Make a Difference?
Glajchen, M., Homel, P., Tsoi, C.Y. Chan, S. and Portenoy, R.K. (2013, J Pall Med, in press). Validation of the Brief Assessment Scale for Caregivers of the Medically Ill in Chinese.
Glajchen, M. and Chan, S. (editors). (2011). Asian Family Caregiver Handbook. Beth Israel Medical Center.
Glajchen, M. and Chan, S. (editors). (2011). Asian Family Caregiver New York City Resource Directory. Beth Israel Medical Center.
Glajchen, M. (1990): Helping Therapies and Support Services, In, An Almanac Of Practical Resources for Cancer Survivors: Charting the Journey. (Mullan, F. and Hoffman, B. eds.). Mt Vernon, New York: Consumer Reports Books.
Glajchen, M. (1999). Psychosocial Issues in Cancer Care. In C. Miaskowski and P. Buchsel (eds). Oncology Nursing: Assessment and Clinical Care. St. Louis: Mosby Inc., pp305-318.
Glajchen, M. (2003). Caregiver Burden and Pain Control. In: Cancer Pain. Russell K. Portenoy and Eduardo Bruera, editors. Cambridge University Press, pp 467-474.
Glajchen, M. (2004). Cancer Pain Evaluation of Relevant Comorbidities and Impact. In: Encyclopedic Reference of Pain. Robert F. Schmidt and William D. Willis, editors. Springer-Verlag.
Glajchen, M. (2009). Role of Family Caregivers in Cancer Pain. In Cancer Pain: Assessment and Management. Second Edition. Eduardo Bruera and Russell K. Portenoy, editors. Cambridge University Press, pp 597-607.
Glajchen, M. (2010). The Roles and Challenges of the Family Caregiver in Cancer. National Cancer Institute. PDQ: NCI’s Comprehensive Cancer Database. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cancerdatabase
Glajchen, M. (2011). Caregivers in Palliative Care: Roles and Responsibilities. Oxford Textbook of Palliative Social Work. Oxford University Press.
Glajchen, M. (in press, 2013). Education, Training and Support Programs for Caregivers of Individuals with Cancer. From Science to Practice: Cancer Caregiving in the United States. Springer Publishers, New York, NY.
Glajchen, M. (2012). Cancer Pain Evaluation of Relevant Comorbidities and Impact. In: Encyclopedic Reference of Pain. Robert F. Schmidt and William D. Willis, editors. Springer-Verlag.
Coyle, N. and Glajchen, M. (2013). Pain Management in the Home: Using Cancer Patients as a Model. Practical Management of Pain, 5th edition. H. Benzon, J. Rathmell, , C. Wu, D. Turk, and C. Argoff. (editors). Published by Elsevier, Philadelphia.
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