Kristen Sethares, PhD, CNE

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PhD, Boston College School of Nursing, Chestnut Hill, MA
MSN, University of Massachusetts Boston, School of Nursing, Boston, MA
BSN, Southeastern Massachusetts University, College of Nursing, Dartmouth, MA 

Research Interests

  • Chronic cardiac illness
  • Symptom management
  • Self-care
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Using technology to manage chronic illness

Selected Publications

Peer reviewed journal articles

Sethares, K.A., Chin, E., & Jurgens, C.Y. (2015).
Predictors of delay in heart failure patients and consequences for outcomes.
Current Heart Failure Reports, 12, 94-105. Doi 10.1007/s11897-014-0241-5.

DaSilva, P., Fortier, P. J. & Sethares, K.A. (2015).
Electrocardiogram collection, pattern recognition, and classification system supporting a mobile cardiovascular disease detection aid.
Sensors and Transducers, 184 (1), 92-100.

Sethares, K.A., Flimlin, H.E., & Elliott, K.M. (2014).
Perceived benefits and barriers of heart failure self-care during hospitalization, one week and one month after hospitalization: The patient's perspective.
Home Healthcare Nurse, 32(8), 1-7.

Sethares, K.A. & Gramling, K. (2014).
Appreciating a discipline specific perspective in undergraduate education: Newman’s Health as Expanding Consciousness.
Nursing Science Quarterly, 27(4), 302-307.

Sethares, K.A., Sosa, M.B. & Riegel, B. (2014).  
Factors associated with delay in seeking care for acute decompensated heart failure.
Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 29(5), 429-438.

Bruno, A. & Sethares, K.A. (in press)
Definitions, measurement and interventions for fatigue in Parkinson’s Disease: An integrative review.
Journal of Neuroscience Nursing.

Foster, M.V. & Sethares, K.A. (2014)
Facilitators and Barriers to the Implementation of Telehealth in Older Adults: An Integrative Review.
Computers, Informatics and Nursing.

Sethares, K.A., Chin, E., & Jurgens, C.Y. (2014)
Predictors of delay for heart failure patients and consequences for outcomes.
Current Heart Failure Reports. Invited paper. 

Sethares, K., Chin, E., & Costa, I. (2013).
Levels of pain, interference and treatment modalities in post CABG patients the first 12 weeks after surgery. 
Applied Nursing Research, 26, 174-179.

Westlake, C., Sethares, K. & Davidson, P. (2013).
How Can Health Illiteracy Influence Outcomes in Heart Failure Patients? Mechanisms and Interventions. 
Current Heart Failure Reports. 10(3):232-43.

Thomas, K. M. & Sethares, K.A. (2010).
Is guided imagery effective in reducing pain and anxiety in the post-operative total joint replacement patient?
Orthopedic Nursing, 29(6), 393-399.

Jurgens, C.Y., Moser, D.K., Armola, R., Carlson, B., Sethares, K., & Riegel, B. (2009).
Symptom clusters of heart failure.
Research in Nursing and Health, 32(5), 551-560.

Sethares, K.A. & Gramling, K. (2009). 
A retrospective analysis of “being with Angela” using Halldorsdottir’s Model.
International Journal of Human Caring, 13(3), 22-28.

Riegel, B., Moser, D.K., Rayens, M.K., Carlson, B., Pressler, S.J., Shively, M., Albert N.M., Armola, R., Evangelista, L., Canary, C.W., & Sethares, K. (2008).
Ethnic differences in quality of life in persons with heart failure.
Journal of Cardiac Failure, 14, 41-47.

Thomas, K. M. & Sethares, K. A. (2008).
An investigation of the effects of pre-operative patient education on understanding postoperative expectations following a total joint arthroplasty.
Journal of Orthopedic Nursing. 27,374-38.

Dluhy, N., Christopher, K., Gramling, K., Leffers, J., Russell, G., & Sethares, K. (2007).
Embedded, engaged, evolving: A consortium of nurse scholars and clinicians.
Nursing Outlook. 59, 75-84.

Sethares, K.A., & Elliott, K. (2004). 
The effect of a tailored message intervention on readmission rates, quality of life and benefit and barrier beliefs in persons with heart failure.  Heart & Lung, 33 (4), 249-260.

Winder, P. A.., Hiltunen, E. F., Sethares, K. A. & Butzlaff, A. 
(2004). Partnerships in mending hearts: Nurse and peer collaboration for recovering cardiac elders. 
Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 19(3),184-191.

Riegel, B., Moser, D., Carlson, B., Deaton, C., Armola, R., Sethares, K., Shively, M., Evangelista, L. & Albert, N. (2003).
Differences in quality of life in men and women with heart failure:  Is it gender or treatment bias? 
Journal of Cardiac Failure, 9 (1), 42-48.

Riegel, B., Moser, D., Glaser, D., Carlson, B., Deaton, C., Armola, R., Sethares, K., Shively, M., Evangelista, L. & Albert, N. (2002).
Sensitivity to treatment intensity of the Minnesota Living with Heart Failure Questionnaire.
Nursing Research, 51(4), 209-218.

Book Chapters

Sethares, K. A., Seifert, P., & Smith, H. (2008).
Care of patients undergoing cardiac surgery (Ch.65) in Moser, D. and Riegel, B. (eds). 
Cardiac Nursing: A Companion to Braunwald’s Heart Disease. St. Louis: W.B. Saunders

Sethares, K.A.  & Gramling, K.L. (2014).
Deepening learning in foundational skills: Visual Thinking Network strategy (Ch 11, pp. 87-94).
Innovations in Nursing Education: Building the Future of Nursing
Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.