Dr. Gauthier is Assistant Professor of Palliative Care in the Department of Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine of the Faculty of Medicine at Laval University. She is also a regular researcher in the oncology axis of the CHU of Quebec-Laval University Research Centre, as well as in the Michel-Sarrazin Research Team in Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care (ERMOS). She is also co-director of the Axis 1 of the Quebec Research Network in Palliative and End-of-Life Care (RQSPAL) and a regular member of the Quebec Pain Research Network. She completed her PhD at the School of Kinesiology and Health Sciences at York University in Toronto in 2013 and her postdoctoral at the Princess Margaret Cancer Center in 2016. Her research goals are at the intersection of pain and aging. Her main objective is to improve the assessment and management of pain during adulthood, particularly in the elderly population. Dr. Gauthier aims to deepen our understanding of pain, its management, as well as to identify ways to improve it in order to reduce patients’ suffering.

The overall impact of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathies

Women using taxane-based chemotherapy to treat breast cancer may experience persistent side effects from these treatments, such as chemically-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN). These symptoms include weakness, pain, numbness, altered sensitivity, tingling, or burning sensations in the hands and feet. These symptoms can cause temperature-related injuries, balance problems, falls, and a deterioration in the quality of life. Unfortunately, our knowledge of CIPN and the best way to measure it are limited. As part of her research projects, Dr. Gauthier is interested in examining the psychometric properties of measures used to evaluate chemically-induced peripheral neuropathy, in order to improve our understanding of the development, trajectory, biopsychosocial risk factors, and impacts of CIPN by age. Additionally, by comparing the validity of existing measures used in evaluating acute and chronic CIPNs, it will be possible to better determine which of the measures has the best validity and should serve as basis for the development of a new measure, if necessary.

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Gauthier LR, Gagliese L

Assessment of pain in older persons

Book Chapter

Handbook of pain assessment, pp. 242-259, New York, NY, Guilford Press, 2010, ISBN: 9781606239766.

Gauthier LR, Rodin G, Zimmermann C, Warr D, Moore M, Shepherd F, Gagliese L

Acceptance of pain: a study in patients with advanced cancer

Journal Article

Pain, 143 (1-2), 2009.

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Gagliese L, Gauthier LR, Macpherson AK, Jovellanos M, Chan VW

Correlates of postoperative pain and intravenous patient-controlled analgesia use in younger and older surgical patients

Journal Article

Pain Med, 9 (3), 2008.

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Gagliese L, Gauthier LR, Rodin G

Cancer pain and depression: a systematic review of age-related patterns

Journal Article

Pain Res Manag, 12 (3), 2007.

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Active projects

  • A Pelvic Health eModule to address urogenital impairments after breast and gynecologic cancer: a pilot prospective interventional study, from 2024-02-22 to 2025-03-31
  • Age-related patterns in the experience of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, from 2019-10-01 to 2024-09-30
  • Analyse des besoins de formation des médecins de famille en matière de gestion de la douleur liée aux traitements du cancer adaptée à la période de survivance: Groupes de discussion focalisée menés au Québec., from 2023-03-21 to 2024-12-31
  • Elucidating patient and healthcare practitioner decision-making about chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy-related, from 2023-04-01 to 2027-03-31
  • La stimulation magnétique des muscles en contexte de soins palliatifs et de fin de vie: une étude pilote de faisabilité pour la gestion de la douleur et de la constipation chez les patients sous traitement aux opioïdes, from 2024-01-01 to 2026-12-31
  • Profils liés à l'âge dans l'expérience et l’impact de la neuropathie périphérique chimio-induite, from 2022-07-01 to 2026-06-30
  • Soutien financier Fondation JL Lévesque, from 2019-04-01 to 2025-03-31
  • Uncovering Quality of life and Pain Experience Among Hispanic Breast Cancer Survivors, from 2022-03-16 to 2025-03-31

Recently finished projects

  • Bourse étudiante du RQRD, from 2023-04-01 to 2024-03-31
  • Chaire de soins palliatifs de l'Université Laval, from 2012-10-01 to 2024-04-30
  • La neuropathie périphérique chimio-induite chez les femmes de différents âges recevant une chimiothérapie à base de taxane pour un cancer du sein, from 2018-07-01 to 2022-10-31
  • Subvention d’établissement de jeune chercheur - Lynn Gauthier, from 2018-07-01 to 2022-06-30
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