Paula J Tanabe, PhD

Professor in the School of Nursing, with tenure
Associate Dean for Research Development and Data Science
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 a Tenured 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

Kayle, M, Docherty, SL, Sloane, R, Tanabe, P, Maslow, G, Pan, W, and Shah, N. "Transition to adult care in sickle cell disease: A longitudinal study of clinical characteristics and disease severity." Pediatric Blood & Cancer (September 24, 2018): e27463-null.

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30251318
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Dias, N, Brandon, D, Haase, JE, and Tanabe, P. "Bereaved Parents' Health Status During the First 6 Months After Their Child's Death." The American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care 35, no. 6 (June 2018): 829-839.

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29202599
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Cline, DM, Silva, S, Freiermuth, CE, Thornton, V, and Tanabe, P. "Emergency Department (ED), ED Observation, Day Hospital, and Hospital Admissions for Adults with Sickle Cell Disease." The Western Journal of Emergency Medicine 19, no. 2 (March 2018): 311-318.

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29560059
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Tanabe, P, Silva, S, Bosworth, HB, Crawford, R, Paice, JA, Richardson, LD, Miller, CN, and Glassberg, J. "A randomized controlled trial comparing two vaso-occlusive episode (VOE) protocols in sickle cell disease (SCD)." American Journal of Hematology 93, no. 2 (February 2018): 159-168.

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29047145
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Bulgin, D, Tanabe, P, Asnani, M, and Royal, CDM. "Twelve tips for teaching a comprehensive disease-focused course with a global perspective: A sickle cell disease example." Medical teacher (January 15, 2018): 1-7.

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29334305
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Brennan-Cook, J, Bonnabeau, E, Aponte, R, Augustin, C, and Tanabe, P. "Barriers to Care for Persons with Sickle Cell Disease: The Case Manager's Opportunity to Improve Patient Outcomes." Professional Case Management 23, no. 4 (January 1, 2018): 213-219.

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Williams, H, Silva, RS, Cline, D, Freiermuth, C, and Tanabe, P. "Social and Behavioral Factors in Sickle Cell Disease: Employment Predicts Decreased Health Care Utilization." Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 29, no. 2 (2018): 814-829.

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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.

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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-.

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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.

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