Paula J Tanabe, PhD

Professor in the School of Nursing, with tenure
Assistant Professor in Surgery
Professor of Medicine
Campus mail 307 Trent Drive, School of Nursing, #3132, Durham, NC 27710
Phone (919) 613-6038
Email address paula.tanabe@duke.edu

Paula Tanabe is an Associate Professor in the Schools of Nursing and Medicine at Duke. She earned a BS in Nursing at Rush University and an MS in Nursing at Loyola University, Chicago. She completed her PhD in 1996 at the University of Illinois-Chicago. From 2004 to 2006, she was a post-doctoral Health Services Research Fellow at Northwestern University, and completed an MPH at Northwestern in 2006.

Dr. Tanabe’s research in emergency medicine and health services includes studies of pain management practices in the emergency department (ED) with a strong emphasis on improving the care of persons in the ED with sickle cell disease. Dr. Tanabe developed the Emergency Department Sickle Cell Assessment of Needs and Strengths (ED-SCANS), a quality improvement framework aimed at improving the care of adults with sickle cell disease in the ED setting. She has also developed a pediatric version of the ED-SCANS. She is a member of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health Expert Panel developing evidence-based guidelines for primary care providers in the care of patients with sickle cell disease. Dr. Tanabe is collaborating with Community Care of North Carolina to disseminate the emergency department guidelines from NHLBI throughout emergency departments in North Carolina. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Emergency Nursing and the American Academy of Nursing.

Dr. Tanabe has also conducted research in the area of emergency department triage. She is one of four members of Emergency Severity Index (ESI) Triage Research Group and has conducted research on this triage system and worked with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to develop standard training materials; ESI is now used in over 50% of all EDs in the United States, and also in several other countries. Dr. Tanabe has over 30 years of experience as an ED nurse, researcher and educator and has published more than 40 journal articles.

Education and Training

  • Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1996
  • M.S.N., Loyola University at Chicago, 1990
  • B.S., Rush University, 1987

Publications

Smith, SK, Johnston, J, Rutherford, C, Hollowell, R, and Tanabe, P. "Identifying Social-Behavioral Health Needs of Adults with Sickle Cell Disease in the Emergency Department." Journal of emergency nursing: JEN : official publication of the Emergency Department Nurses Association 43, no. 5 (September 2017): 444-450.

PMID
28527641
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Williams, H, Silva, S, Simmons, LA, and Tanabe, P. "A telephonic mindfulness-based intervention for persons with sickle cell disease: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial." Trials 18, no. 1 (May 15, 2017): 218-.

PMID
28506281
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Tanabe, P, Freiermuth, CE, Cline, DM, and Silva, S. "A Prospective Emergency Department Quality Improvement Project to Improve the Treatment of Vaso-Occlusive Crisis in Sickle Cell Disease: Lessons Learned." The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety 43, no. 3 (March 2017): 116-126.

Full Text

Tanabe, PJ, Crawford, RD, Silva, S, Glassberg, JA, Miller, C, DeMartino, T, Barczak, C, Soliman, A, and Bosworth, H. "A Comparison of an Individualized and Weight-Based Opioid Protocols for the Treatment of Vaso-Occlusive Episodes in the Emergency Department." December 2, 2016.

Scholars@Duke

Kayle, M, Tanabe, P, Shah, NR, Baker-Ward, L, and Docherty, SL. "Challenges in Shifting Management Responsibility From Parents to Adolescents With Sickle Cell Disease." Journal of pediatric nursing 31, no. 6 (November 2016): 678-690.

PMID
27451007
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Keough, VA, Tell, D, Andreoni, C, and Tanabe, P. "Unique Educational Needs of Emergency Nurse Practitioners." Advanced emergency nursing journal 38, no. 4 (October 2016): 300-307.

PMID
27792072
Scholars@Duke

Merkl, MA, Tanabe, P, Sverha, JP, and Turner, B. "A Quality Improvement Initiative for Designing and Implementing a Military Service Screening Tool for a Community Emergency Department." Journal of emergency nursing: JEN : official publication of the Emergency Department Nurses Association 42, no. 5 (September 2016): 400-407.

PMID
27033335
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Freiermuth, CE, Silva, S, Cline, DM, and Tanabe, P. "Shift in Emergency Department Provider Attitudes Toward Patients With Sickle Cell Disease." Advanced emergency nursing journal 38, no. 3 (July 2016): 199-212.

PMID
27482992
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Jenerette, CM, Brewer, CA, Silva, S, and Tanabe, P. "Does Attendance at a Sickle Cell Educational Conference Improve Clinician Knowledge and Attitude Toward Patients with Sickle Cell Disease?." Pain management nursing : official journal of the American Society of Pain Management Nurses 17, no. 3 (June 2016): 226-234.

PMID
27283268
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Kayle, M, Brennan-Cook, J, Carter, BM, Derouin, AL, Silva, SG, and Tanabe, P. "Evaluation of a Sickle Cell Disease Educational Website for Emergency Providers." Advanced emergency nursing journal 38, no. 2 (April 2016): 123-132.

PMID
27139134
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