Kathleen Hoffman, PhD

Kathleen Hoffman, PhD

About Kathleen Hoffman, PhD

Kathleen is a communications professional, social scientist and writer who develops evidence-based communications focused on the human side of healthcare. Her research background includes experimental studies in communication, persuasion, health communication and the media and qualitative research focused on content analysis, frame analysis and ethnography. As a professional writer and communicator of nearly two decades, Kathleen is a leader in the patient empowerment movement. Kathleen earned her PhD in Communications from the University of Alabama, preceded by a master’s degree in Television and Film from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill. She was also a two-time fellow of Healthcare Communication at Harvard University’s School of Public Health. Kathleen lives near Boston with her husband and son.
Senior Health Researcher and Writer

What’s the FDA up to on Patient Focused Drug Development (PFDD) these days?

What’s the FDA up to on Patient-Focused Drug Development (PFDD) these days? By Kathleen Hoffman, PhD MSPH Part of the FDA’s mandate in implementing the “21st Century Cures Act” is ensuring the incorporation of patient experience data into drug development. They’ve hit the deadline for another Patient Focused Drug Development (PFDD) [...]

HPV is Not in Scarlet Letters: Cervical Cancer Patients Being Stigmatized

HPV is Not in Scarlet Letters: Cervical Cancer Patients Being Stigmatized By Kathleen Hoffman, PhD, MSPH Imagine being given a diagnosis of cervical cancer. That’s bad enough. Now, imagine that it comes with the assumption you got it by sleeping around. In 1983 and 1984, Dr. Harold zur Hausen isolated Human [...]

Getting Told You’re Making It All Up: Lupus

Getting Told You're Making It All Up By Kathleen Hoffman, PhD, MSPH Imagine going to see a doctor when you’re exhausted and enduring multiple kinds of pain, and they recommend a “psych” evaluation. When they “can’t find anything,” the medical professional you looked to for help decides you must be making [...]

Prostate Cancer: A Couple’s Disease

Prostate Cancer: "A Couple's Disease" By Kathleen Hoffman, PhD, MSPH Prostate cancer impacts not just the physical health of the individual but also their emotional and social health. A study of patients and their partners compared satisfaction with treatment, worry about cancer, and the consequences of treatment on their relationship. Twenty-five [...]

Researching Treatment Options Online Impacts Decision-Making

Researching Treatment Options in Online Communities Impacts Decision-Making By Kathleen Hoffman, PhD, MSPH Inspire members don’t just give each other encouragement – they often educate each other through their posts, and take new information to their own doctors. Some members have even found specialists in their conditions and chosen doctors and [...]

Are You Listening to Patients? Patient Preferences and Clinical Trial Design

Are You Listening to Patients? Patient Preferences and Clinical Trial Design By Kathleen Hoffman, PhD, MSPH Last fall, over 1500 Inspire members living with sarcoidosis, scleroderma, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, arthritis and psoriasis, completed a  survey on exploring patient preferences and insights on clinical trials. Our recent webinar, "A Hopeful [...]

A Hopeful Mindset: Patient Insights on Clinical Trials Webinar

A Hopeful Mindset: Patient Insights on Clinical Trials Webinar By Kathleen Hoffman, PhD, MSPH In November 2018, Inspire sent a clinical trial perceptions research survey to caregiver and patient members with the following conditions: ovarian, colorectal and prostate cancer; scleroderma and sarcoidosis; and psoriasis and arthritis. Over 1600 respondents completed instrument. Members [...]

Hacking clinical trials: Two awareness and protocol strategies invented by patients and caregivers that work

Hacking clinical trials: Two awareness and protocol strategies invented by patients and caregivers that work By Kathleen Hoffman, PhD Patients with life-threatening diseases aren’t waiting for someone to make participating in clinical trials easier for them. They are breaking down the barriers themselves. Two of these innovative methods were described at a [...]

Why peer-to-peer online patient communities are important to patients, caregivers and pharma

Why peer-to-peer online patient communities are important to patients, caregivers and pharma By Kathleen Hoffman, PhD What do patients and caregivers say about online patient communities? Inspire posts, podcasts, and patient advocates concur on the powerful and varied benefits, especially in research collaborations and as a trusted source of treatment and clinical [...]

Motivating change through online patient sharing

Motivating change through online patient sharing By Kathleen Hoffman, PhD MSPH Humans evolved as storytellers. Experiences of the weather, nature, life, and the world have been explained through legends and myths. Sharing stories continues to build and maintain community. As Marie Ennis O’Connor, Irish breast cancer survivor, blogger and marketing consultant states, [...]