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Eric Vachon, PhD, RN

Eric Vachon, PhD, RN

  • Research Scientist, William M. Tierney Center for Health Services Research, Regenstrief Institute
  • Assistant Professor, Indiana University School of Nursing

Dr. Eric Vachon is a health services researcher and registered nurse. His research is focused on the symptom management of cancer patients actively going through treatment, particularly individuals treated with oral oncolytic agents. Through evidence-based symptom management interventions, he works to reduce patients’ symptom burden and lessen high-cost healthcare utilization such as emergency department visits and hospitalizations. Dr. Vachon is also interested in the integration of patient-reported outcomes and symptoms within electronic medical records.

Dr. Vachon earned his bachelor of science in nursing from Hope College in Michigan and his PhD in nursing from Michigan State University. Prior to joining Regenstrief, he completed a T32 postdoctoral fellowship in the Indiana University School of Nursing and IU Simon Cancer Center.

“Individuals with cancer that who are undergoing treatment are at a particularly vulnerable state. We need to provide patients with the necessary tools and resources to help ease that burden and increase their quality of life.”

Highlighted Publications

Cohee A, Krueger E, Vachon E, Cottingham A, Stutz P, Alwine, J, Johns, SA. (2021). Breast Cancer Survivors’ Perceptions of Their Partners’ Interest in Cancer-Focused Psychosocial Interventions. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology Research and Practice. 3(1):e042. doi: 10.1097/OR9,0000000000000042

Vachon E, Krueger E, Champion VL, Haggstrom DA, Cella D, Cohee AA. The impact of fear of cancer recurrence on healthcare utilization among long-term breast cancer survivors recruited through ECOG-ACRIN trials. Psychooncology. 2021 Mar;30(3):279-286. doi: 10.1002/pon.5568. Epub 2020 Oct 15. PMID: 33022832; PMCID: PMC7965237.

Cohee AA, Kroenke K, Vachon E, Wu J, Tu W, Johns SA. Predictors of depression outcomes in adults with cancer: A 12 month longitudinal study. J Psychosom Res. 2020 Sep;136:110169. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2020.110169. Epub 2020 Jun 11.

Storey S, Cohee A, Von Ah D, Vachon E, Zanville NR, Monahan PO, Stump TE, Champion VL. Presence and Distress of Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy Symptoms in Upper Extremities of Younger and Older Breast Cancer Survivors. J Patient Cent Res Rev. 2020 Oct 23;7(4):295-303. doi: 10.17294/2330-0698.1757.

Storey S, Cohee A, Gathirua-Mwangi WG, Vachon E, Monahan P, Otte J, Stump TE, Cella D, Champion V. Impact of Diabetes on the Symptoms of Breast Cancer Survivors. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2019 Jul 1;46(4):473-484. doi: 10.1188/19.ONF.473-484.

Vachon E, Given B, Given C, Dunn S. Temporary Stoppages and Burden of Treatment in Patients With Cancer. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2019 Sep 1;46(5):E135-E144. doi: 10.1188/19.ONF.E135-E144.

Sikorskii A, Given CW, Given BA, Vachon E, Krauss JC, Rosenzweig M, McCorkle R, Champion VL, Banik A, Majumder A. An Automated Intervention Did Not Improve Adherence to Oral Oncolytic Agents While Managing Symptoms: Results From a Two-Arm Randomized Controlled Trial. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2018 Nov;56(5):727-735. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2018.07.021. Epub 2018 Aug 8.

Given BA, Given CW, Sikorskii A, Vachon E, Banik A. Medication Burden of Treatment Using Oral Cancer Medications. Asia Pac J Oncol Nurs. 2017 Oct-Dec;4(4):275-282. doi: 10.4103/apjon.apjon_7_17.