Karen B. Lasater, PhD, RN is an Assistant Professor at Penn's School of Nursing in the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research. She is a health outcomes and policy researcher whose research examines relationships between patient outcomes and the organizational features of nursing. Her research suggests that nursing workloads and work environments may be a possible mechanism for reducing readmissions among Medicare patients. Her study findings can be found in interdisciplinary journals including Medical Care, British Medical Journal Quality and Safety, and Health Care Management Review
Dr. Lasater is also studying the effects of nursing work environments on patient outcomes at the end of life. Dr. Lasater’s research examines the potential for hospital staff nurses to render patient and family-centered care at the end of life, given the right circumstances. Specifically, Dr. Lasater examines relationships between patient outcomes at the end of life, and modifiable features of nurses’ working conditions, such as patient-to-nurse workloads, work environments conducive to good working relationships with physicians and influence over clinical decision making, and a nursing skill mix that consists of mostly professional nurses including a majority with bachelors or higher education.
Dr. Lasater received her BSN from Quinnipiac University. She received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, where she also completed her postdoctoral training.