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Rachel DiFazio, PhD, RN, CPNP

Rachel DiFazio PhD, RN, PPCNP-BC, FAAN
Nursing Research
Hospital Title:
Nurse Practitioner
Academic Title:
Harvard Medical School
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  1. Difazio RL, Harris M, Feldman L, Mahan ST. Reducing the Incidence of Cast-related Skin Complications in Children Treated With Cast Immobilization. J Pediatr Orthop. 2017 Dec; 37(8):526-531.
  2. Vessey JA, DiFazio RL, Strout TD, Snyder BD. Impact of Non-medical Out-of-pocket Expenses on Families of Children With Cerebral Palsy Following Orthopaedic Surgery. J Pediatr Nurs. 2017 Nov - Dec; 37:101-107.
  3. Mahan ST, Harris MS, Lierhaus AM, Miller PE, DiFazio RL. Noise Reduction to Reduce Patient Anxiety During Cast Removal: Can We Decrease Patient Anxiety With Cast Removal by Wearing Noise Reduction Headphones During Cast Saw Use? Orthop Nurs. 2017 Jul/Aug; 36(4):271-278.
  4. Strout TD, DiFazio RL, Vessey JA. Technology-enhanced focus groups as a component of instrument development. Nurse Res. 2017 Jun 22; 25(1):16-23.
  5. DiFazio RL, Miller PE, Vessey JA, Snyder BD. Health-Related Quality of Life and Care Giver Burden Following Spinal Fusion in Children With Cerebral Palsy. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2017 Jun 15; 42(12):E733-E739.
  6. Vessey JA, DiFazio RL, Strout TD. "I Didn't Even Know You Cared About That Stuff": Youths' Perceptions of Health Care Provider Roles in Addressing Bullying. J Pediatr Health Care. 2017 Sep - Oct; 31(5):536-545.
  7. Fishman LN, DiFazio R, Miller P, Shanske S, Waters PM. Pediatric Orthopaedic Providers' Views on Transition From Pediatric to Adult Care. J Pediatr Orthop. 2016 Sep; 36(6):e75-80.
  8. DiFazio R, Shore B, Vessey JA, Miller PE, Snyder BD. Effect of Hip Reconstructive Surgery on Health-Related Quality of Life of Non-Ambulatory Children with Cerebral Palsy. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2016 Jul 20; 98(14):1190-8.
  9. DiFazio R, Vessey JA, Miller P, Van Nostrand K, Snyder B. Postoperative Complications After Hip Surgery in Patients With Cerebral Palsy: A Retrospective Matched Cohort Study. J Pediatr Orthop. 2016 Jan; 36(1):56-62.
  10. Difazio RL, Vessey JA, Zurakowski D, Snyder BD. Differences in health-related quality of life and caregiver burden after hip and spine surgery in non-ambulatory children with severe cerebral palsy. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2016 Mar; 58(3):298-305.
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  12. Vessey JA, McCrave J, Curro-Harrington C, DiFazio RL. Enhancing Care Coordination Through Patient- and Family-Initiated Telephone Encounters: A Quality Improvement Project. J Pediatr Nurs. 2015 Nov-Dec; 30(6):915-23.
  13. Vessey J, Strout TD, DiFazio RL, Walker A. Measuring the youth bullying experience: a systematic review of the psychometric properties of available instruments. J Sch Health. 2014 Dec; 84(12):819-43.
  14. DiFazio RL, Harris M, Vessey JA, Glader L, Shanske S. Opportunities lost and found: experiences of patients with cerebral palsy and their parents transitioning from pediatric to adult healthcare. J Pediatr Rehabil Med. 2014; 7(1):17-31.
  15. Vessey JA, DiFazio RL, Strout TD. Youth bullying: a review of the science and call to action. Nurs Outlook. 2013 Sep-Oct; 61(5):337-45.
  16. DiFazio RL, Vessey JA. Non-medical out-of-pocket expenses incurred by families during their child's hospitalization. J Child Health Care. 2013 Sep; 17(3):230-41.
  17. Vessey JA, DiFazio RL, Strout TD. Increasing meaning in measurement: a Rasch analysis of the Child-Adolescent Teasing Scale. Nurs Res. 2012 May-Jun; 61(3):159-70.
  18. DiFazio R, Vessey J, Zurakowski D, Hresko MT, Matheney T. Incidence of skin complications and associated charges in children treated with hip spica casts for femur fractures. J Pediatr Orthop. 2011 Jan-Feb; 31(1):17-22.
  19. DiFazio R, Vessey J. Nonmedical out-of-pocket expenses: a hidden cost of hospitalization. J Pediatr Nurs. 2011 Feb; 26(1):78-84.
  20. Vessey JA, Demarco R, DiFazio R. Bullying, harassment, and horizontal violence in the nursing workforce: the state of the science. Annu Rev Nurs Res. 2010; 28:133-57.
  21. DiFazio R, Tubman D. Congenital scoliosis with associated rib fusions: nursing care of patients following VEPTR insertion. Orthop Nurs. 2010 Jan-Feb; 29(1):4-8; quiz 9-10.
  22. DiFazio R, Boykova M, Driever MJ. International education: developing site visit guidelines to enhance understanding. J Contin Educ Nurs. 2009 Feb; 40(2):91-6.
  23. DiFazio R, Atkinson CC. Extremity fractures in children: when is it an emergency? J Pediatr Nurs. 2005 Aug; 20(4):298-304.
  24. Shannon EG, DiFazio R, Kasser J, Karlin L, Gerbino P. Waterproof casts for immobilization of children's fractures and sprains. J Pediatr Orthop. 2005 Jan-Feb; 25(1):56-9.
  25. Difazio R, Lang D, Boykova M. Nursing in Russia: A "travelogue". J Pediatr Nurs. 2004 Apr; 19(2):150-6.
  26. Difazio R. Creating a halo traction wheelchair resource manual: using the EBP approach. J Pediatr Nurs. 2003 Apr; 18(2):148-52.
  27. DiFazio RL, Kocher MS, Berven S, Kasser J. Coxa vara with proximal femoral growth arrest in patients who had neonatal extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. J Pediatr Orthop. 2003 Jan-Feb; 23(1):20-6.
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