Research Statement

My research interest focuses on improving outcomes in older adults with heart failure through the examination of symptoms and risk factors associated with adverse events, as well as the development and evaluation of technology-based interventions through collaboration with local, national, and global partners. This interest stems from my personal experience caring for patients with heart failure who were rehospitalized, where I witnessed firsthand how patients struggle to understand and manage their disease, particularly their symptoms, when I worked in critical care. While I was pursuing my doctoral studies and working in home health care, I witnessed further barriers to self-management and the use of telehealth in the home setting (i.e., telehomecare), especially for older adults with heart failure. Based on those in-depth experiences with taking care of heart failure patients, my research focusing on heart failure in the doctoral program at the University of Pennsylvania  and in the Aging and Informatics program for post-doctoral trainees at the University of Washington has helped me to integrate my research interests among the population of older adults with heart failure, broad clinical skills and mastery of statistical methods as well as informatics including the use of electronic health records and machine learning techniques.

Research Keywords

  • Symptom Science
  • Gerontology
  • Data Science
  • Congestive Heart Failure

Presentations

  • Kang, YJ., Durga, S., Monsen, K (2019). AMIA 2019 Annual Symposium, “Data-driven Study of Pain, its Predictors, Co-morbidities, and Characteristics using Nurse-generated Big Data” . Poster, Presented, 11/18/2019.
  • Kang, YJ., Reid, C (2019). GSA 2019 Annual Scientific meeting, “Pain Experiences in Older Adults With Heart Failure in the Home Healthcare Setting After Hospital Discharge” . Poster, Presented, 11/14/2019.
  • Kang, YJ., Chee, W., Im, EO (2019). 24TH Cardiovascular Summit TCTAP 2019, “Menopausal Symptoms and the Risk of Metabolic Syndrome. Conference Paper, Presented, 04/25/2019.
  • Kang, YJ., Sheng, X (2019). 24TH Cardiovascular Summit TCTAP 2019, “Functional Status Among Patients with Heart Failure Receiving Home Health Care Services” . Conference Paper, Presented, 04/25/2019.
  • Kang, YJ., Tran, MJ., Stehlik, J (2019). 2019 Western Institute of Nursing Conference, “Nursing Visits for Ambulatory Heart Failure Patients after Their Hospital Discharge” . Poster, Presented, 04/12/2019.
  • Changes in ADL/IADL Pre- and Post-Home Care Services Among Patients with Heart Failure.Kang, YJ., Sheng, X . Conference Paper, Presented, 04/11/2019.
  • Review of Pain Assessment Instruments Available for Older Adults.21st IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics.Kang, YJ., Demiris, G . Poster, Presented, 07/26/2016.

Languages

  • English, fluent.
  • Korean, fluent.

Publications

  • Kang Y, Taylor JO, Osterhage K & Turner AM (2020). Home Care Nurses' Perspectives Regarding Health Information Management Among Older Adults. Home healthcare now. Vol. 37, 319-327. Published, 03/01/2020.
  • Kang Y, Sheng X, Stehlik J & Mooney K (2020). Identifying Targets to Improve Heart Failure Outcomes for Patients Receiving Home Healthcare Services: The Relationship of Functional Status and Pain. Home healthcare now. Vol. 38, 24-30. Published, 02/01/2020.
  • Kang Y, Taylor JO, Osterhage K & Turner AM (2020). Home Care Nurses' Perspectives Regarding Health Information Management Among Older Adults. Home healthcare now. Vol. 37, 319-327. Published, 01/01/2020.
  • Kang Y, Sheng X, Stehlik J & Mooney K (2020). Identifying Targets to Improve Heart Failure Outcomes for Patients Receiving Home Healthcare Services: The Relationship of Functional Status and Pain. Home healthcare now. Vol. 38, 24-30. Published, 01/01/2020.
  • Kang YJ & Demiris G (2017). Self-report pain assessment tools for cognitively intact older adults: integrative review. International Journal of Older People Nursing. Published, 10/2017.
  • Jarrín F. O & Kang YJ, Aiken H. L. (2017). Pathway to Better Patient Care and Nurse Workforce Outcomes in Home Care. Nursing outlook. Published, 08/2017.
  • Kang YJ & Steele B, Burr R, Dougherty C (2017). Predictors of mortality in advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart failure. Biological Nursing Research. Accepted, 08/2017.
  • Meghani, S.H & MacKenzie, M. Kang, Y. Morgan, B. Wasim, A. Sayani, S (2017). Clinician Targeted Mobile Apps in Palliative Care: A Systematic Review. Journal of Palliative Medicine. Published, 06/2017.
  • Kang YJ & McHugh, M. D., Chittams, J., & Bowles, K. H. (2017). Risk factors for all-cause rehospitalization among Medicare recipients with heart failure receiving tel-homecare. Telemedicine and e-Health. Published, 02/2017.
  • Kang YJ & McHugh, M. D., Chittams, J., & Bowles, K. H. (2016). Utilizing home health care electronic health records for tele-homecare patients with heart failure: A decision tree approach to detect associations with rehospitalizations. Computers, Informatics, Nursing. Published, 08/2016.