Rochester, Minnesota




Ann Marie Dose, Ph.D., R.N., has research interests in palliative care across the trajectories of chronic and life-limiting illnesses. Dr. Dose's research centers particularly on psychosocial interventions to promote quality of life (QOL), helping determine goals for care as part of advance care planning, and improving transitions of palliative care across settings. Dr. Dose's current work examines the feasibility and outcomes of providing a dignity therapy or life wishes intervention to people with advanced pancreatic or lung cancer undergoing treatment.

Dr. Dose has expertise in qualitative methods and collaborates with nurse and physician investigators in mixed methods studies describing quality of care provided to patients in the hospital setting, evaluating a transitional care intervention for patients returning home after hospitalization, and evaluating nurse-led advance care planning in the primary care setting. She also mentors several nurse and physician colleagues in research ideas and methods.

Focus areas

  • Palliative care
  • Psychosocial interventions to improve QOL for those with life-limiting illness
  • Dignity therapy
  • Advance care planning
  • Spirituality

Significance to patient care

Dr. Dose's work is crucial to the advancement of knowledge about psychosocial interventions to improve quality of life for those with life-limiting illness. While medicine continues to make great strides in prolonging life and curing illness, the person with the illness cannot be forgotten, and that person's experience should be honored. Dr. Dose's work strives to maintain the dignity and QOL of the individual undergoing treatment for severe life-limiting illness and to mitigate suffering.

Professional highlights

  • College of Palliative Care Research Scholar, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2008-2009
  • Outstanding Dissertation, Palliative Care/End of Life Section, Midwest Nursing Research Society, 2008
  • Recipient, King Hussein Scholarship, Mayo Clinic Department of Nursing, 2004-2006


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Academic Rank

  1. Assistant Professor of Nursing


  1. PhD - Major: Nursing/Minor: Integrative and Complementary Medicine University of Minnesota
  2. MS - Nursing (Adult Health Nursing, Clinical Nurse Specialist focus) Winona State University
  3. BS - Major: Nursing Winona State University
  4. AD - Nursing Rochester Community and Technical College

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