Pain Specialist to Present 4th Annual Bullough Lecture

By Lois Baker

Release Date: September 19, 2000

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Ada K. Jacox, Ph.D., professor and associate dean for research at Wayne State University College of Nursing, will discuss "The Impact of Clinical Practice Guidelines on Patient Outcomes and Cost" at the fourth annual Bonnie Bullough Lecture, to be held at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 5 in the Center for Tomorrow on the UB North Campus.

The lecture, named for the late dean of the UB School of Nursing, is designed for interested nursing professionals. It will be free and open to the public, but reservations are required.

Jacox is noted within the health-care professions for her research in pain management. She has held several grants on this issue from the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, and was co-chair of the panel that developed practice guidelines for management of cancer pain. Those guidelines were released in 1994.

She is a member of the board of directors of the American Pain Society -- chairing its clinical guidelines committee since 1995 -- and is an author of several clinical guidelines on pain management in specific age groups. She also sits on the board of directors of the Michigan Cancer Pain Initiative.

She is co-investigator on a $3.5 million National Institutes of Health grant to study health of older African Americans.

Jacox holds a bachelor's degree in nursing education from Columbia University, a master's degree in child-psychiatric nursing from Wayne State University and a doctorate in sociology from Case Western Reserve University.

A prolific author, Jacox has had four books named "Book of the Year" by the American Journal of Nursing and has published many articles in refereed journals.

Reservations may be made by calling 829-2533 before Sept. 28.