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Donna  Luff, PhD

Donna Luff PhD
Medicine Research
General Pediatrics Research
Hospital Title:
Associate Program Director, Harvard Pediatric Health Service/Research Fellowship
Academic Title:
Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Research Focus Area:
Communication and Relational SkillsQualitative methods
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Research Overview

I am currently involved in several qualitative research projects: the pedagaogy and process of relational training through the Program to Enhance Relational and Communication Skills (PERCS); evaluating the long-term impact of PERCS training in Radiology; evaluating parental experience of communication within Neurology before and after relational training; and, developing a proposal for new research on aligning patient and provider expectations around surgical consent. I am also finalizing outputs from previous research on the long-term impacts of CNS tumors in adolescents and young adults and on patient and family engagement in research training.


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  1. Mishra A, Browning D, Haviland MJ, Jackson ML, Luff D, Meyer EC, Talcott K, Kloek CE. Communication Skills Training in Ophthalmology: Results of a Needs Assessment and Pilot Training Program. J Surg Educ. 2017 Sep 01.
  2. Rees P, Edwards A, Powell C, Hibbert P, Williams H, Makeham M, Carter B, Luff D, Parry G, Avery A, Sheikh A, Donaldson L, Carson-Stevens A. Patient Safety Incidents Involving Sick Children in Primary Care in England and Wales: A Mixed Methods Analysis. PLoS Med. 2017 Jan; 14(1):e1002217.
  3. Meyer EC, Lamiani G, Luff D, Brown SD. Voices emerging from the shadows: Radiologic practitioners' experiences of challenging conversations. Patient Educ Couns. 2017 Jan; 100(1):133-138.
  4. Luff D, Martin EB, Mills K, Mazzola NM, Bell SK, Meyer EC. Clinicians' strategies for managing their emotions during difficult healthcare conversations. Patient Educ Couns. 2016 Sep; 99(9):1461-6.
  5. Luff D, Allair B, Litterer K, O'Donnell WR, Rhodes ET, Goldmann D, Finkelstein JA. Parent and Teen Engagement in Pediatric Health Services Research Training. Acad Pediatr. 2016 07; 16(5):496-498.
  6. Luff D, Fernandes S, Soman A, Meyer EC, Brown SD. The Influence of Communication and Relational Education on Radiologists' Early Posttraining Practice. J Am Coll Radiol. 2016 Apr; 13(4):445-8.
  7. Carson-Stevens A, Hibbert P, Avery A, Butlin A, Carter B, Cooper A, Evans HP, Gibson R, Luff D, Makeham M, McEnhill P, Panesar SS, Parry G, Rees P, Shiels E, Sheikh A, Ward HO, Williams H, Wood F, Donaldson L, Edwards A. A cross-sectional mixed methods study protocol to generate learning from patient safety incidents reported from general practice. BMJ Open. 2015 Dec 01; 5(12):e009079.
  8. Martin EB, Mazzola NM, Brandano J, Luff D, Zurakowski D, Meyer EC. Clinicians' recognition and management of emotions during difficult healthcare conversations. Patient Educ Couns. 2015 Oct; 98(10):1248-54.
  9. Rees P, Edwards A, Panesar S, Powell C, Carter B, Williams H, Hibbert P, Luff D, Parry G, Mayor S, Avery A, Sheikh A, Donaldson SL, Carson-Stevens A. Safety incidents in the primary care office setting. Pediatrics. 2015 Jun; 135(6):1027-35.
  10. Kuhlthau K, Luff D, Delahaye J, Wong A, Yock T, Huang M, Park ER. Health-Related Quality of Life of Adolescent and Young Adult Survivors of Central Nervous System Tumors: Identifying Domains From a Survivor Perspective. J Pediatr Oncol Nurs. 2015 Nov-Dec; 32(6):385-93.
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  12. Garvey KC, Beste MG, Luff D, Atakov-Castillo A, Wolpert HA, Ritholz MD. Experiences of health care transition voiced by young adults with type 1 diabetes: a qualitative study. Adolesc Health Med Ther. 2014; 5:191-8.
  13. Ritholz MD, Wolpert H, Beste M, Atakov-Castillo A, Luff D, Garvey KC. Patient-provider relationships across the transition from pediatric to adult diabetes care: a qualitative study. Diabetes Educ. 2014 Jan-Feb; 40(1):40-7.
  14. Parry GJ, Carson-Stevens A, Luff DF, McPherson ME, Goldmann DA. Recommendations for evaluation of health care improvement initiatives. Acad Pediatr. 2013 Nov-Dec; 13(6 Suppl):S23-30.
  15. Isong IA, Luff D, Perrin JM, Winickoff JP, Ng MW. Parental perspectives of early childhood caries. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2012 Jan; 51(1):77-85.
  16. Lipstein EA, Nabi E, Perrin JM, Luff D, Browning MF, Kuhlthau KA. Parents' decision-making in newborn screening: opinions, choices, and information needs. Pediatrics. 2010 Oct; 126(4):696-704.
  17. Gidengil CA, Rusinak D, Allred NJ, Luff D, Lee GM, Lieu TA. Financial barriers to implementing combination vaccines: perspectives from pediatricians and policy makers. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2009 Jun; 48(5):539-47.
  18. Leong SC, Luff DA. Anatomical variation of internal carotid artery presenting as pharyngeal mass. J Laryngol Otol. 2009 Apr; 123(4):E13.
  19. Broomfield SJ, Bruce IA, Luff DA, Birzgalis AR, Ashleigh RJ. Endovascular management of the carotid blowout syndrome. J Laryngol Otol. 2006 Aug; 120(8):694-7.
  20. O'Cathain A, Goode J, Luff D, Strangleman T, Hanlon G, Greatbatch D. Does NHS Direct empower patients? Soc Sci Med. 2005 Oct; 61(8):1761-71.
  21. Goode J, Hanlon G, Luff D, O'Cathain A, Strangleman T, Greatbatch D. Male callers to NHS Direct: the assertive carer, the new dad and the reluctant patient. Health (London). 2004 Jul; 8(3):311-28.
  22. Jesudason WV, Luff DA, Rothera MP. Delayed diagnosis of laryngeal foreign body. J Laryngol Otol. 2003 Feb; 117(2):143-4.
  23. Luff DA, Kam A, Bruce IA, Willatt DJ. Nasal septum buttons: symptom scores and satisfaction. J Laryngol Otol. 2002 Dec; 116(12):1001-4.
  24. Luff DA, Simmons M, Malik T, Ramsden RT, Reid H. Endolymphatic sac tumours. J Laryngol Otol. 2002 May; 116(5):398-401.
  25. Simmons MA, Luff DA, Banerjee SS, Ramsden RT. Peripheral primitive neuroectodermal tumour (pPNET) of the cerebellopontine angle presenting in adult life. J Laryngol Otol. 2001 Oct; 115(10):848-52.
  26. Luff DA, Izzat S, Farrington WT. Viscoaugmentation as a treatment for leakage around the Provox 2 voice rehabilitation system. J Laryngol Otol. 1999 Sep; 113(9):847-8.
  27. Morris DP, Luff DA, Hargreaves SP, Rothera MP. Bones of contention. The supply of temporal bones for dissection: the legalities, problems and solutions. J Laryngol Otol. 1998 Dec; 112(12):1138-41.
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