Dr Papathanassoglou’s research interests combine basic science with the nursing management of acutely ill patients. She studies the role of stress, stress neuropeptides and apoptosis in the pathophysiology of critical illness and multiple organ dysfunction (MODS) and the impact on non-pharmacological and integrative approaches on critically ill patients’ outcomes, including inflammation, pain and delirium. Additionally, she explores issues of inter-professional collaboration, nursing autonomy and clinical decision making, as well as patients’ rights and ethical aspects of critical care. Another strong area of interest focuses on the phenomenological investigation of the lived experience of patients and nurses in intensive care and the phenomena of caring, empathy and advocacy. She employs a wide range of research methods, including laboratory, quantitative and qualitative research.
Dr Papathanassoglou also has a record of 105 publications in peer reviewed journals (62 full papers in international journals; 26 full papers in peer-reviewed journals in Greek; 17 research abstracts in international journals), and 14 papers in peer-reviewed conference proceedings. Her published work has received over 1,660 citations (h-index: 21). She is the author of three nursing textbooks in Greek, and co- editor at one international peer-reviewed journal, as well as member of the editorial board of 3 international and 1 national peer-review journals. She has delivered 59 invited lectures at international and national conferences, has presented another 200 papers at international and national conferences, and has received 12 awards for conference papers. She is elected Ambassador of the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses (WFCCN) 2015-2020.