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Kaasalainen, Sharon BW


Sharon Kaasalainen began working at McMaster University in 2002, when she joined the School of Nursing as an Assistant Professor. She is currently an Associate member of Family Medicine at McMaster and Honorary Professor at Queens University, Belfast. Dr. Kaasalainen’s research primarily focuses on improving pain management, palliative care, end-of-life communication, and quality of life for people living in long term care homes. Her current aging research involves improving the quality of end-of-life care and focuses on the role of registered nurses and nurse practitioners in caring for older adults.


  • PhD, McMaster University
  • MSc, University of Toronto
  • BScN, McMaster University 
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