Kathryn H. Dansky

Kathryn H. DanskyAssociate Professor Emerita of Health Policy and Administration

Contact Information

604N Ford Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802

(814) 863-2902


Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Home health care; quality management, telehealth.

Teaching Interests

Health care management; human resource management.

Current and Recent Research Activities

Dansky, K. The use of telehealth to manage heart failure. (10/01/05- 03/31/07). This study of home health patients with heart failure is evaluating outcomes resulting from the use of the Health Buddy. The study is funded by McKesson, Inc.

Dansky, K. Empowering Elders Through Technology: 07/01/03 - 06/30/06. Funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. They studied and explored the relationship between telehomecare and acquisition of knowledge, and showed whether changes in knowledge levels translate to changes in behaviors and improved health outcomes

Dansky, K. PHA Telehomecare: 09/01/02 -08/31/03. Funded by HRSA/DHSS. This study investigated the use of telehomecare on the recruitment and retention of RNs in the Commonwealth of PA.


DelliFraine, J.L., Dansky, K.H. & Rumberger, J.S. (in press). The use of knowledge management in telemedicine and perceived effects on patient care Activities. International Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management.

Dansky, K.H., Vasey, J. & Bowles, K.H. (2008). Use of telehealth by older persons to manage heart failure, Research in Gerontological Nursing, 1(1), online.

DelliFraine, J.L., Dansky, K.H. (2008) Home-based telehealth: A review and meta-analysis. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 14(2) 62-65.

Dansky, K.H., Vasey, J. & Bowles, K.H. (2008). Impact of telehealth on clinical outcomes in a sample of patients with heart failure, Clinical Nursing Research, 17(3), 182-199.

Stott, A.L., Brannon, S.D., Vasey, J. & Dansky, K.H. (2007). Baseline management practices in Better Jobs Better Care. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, 28(2), 17-36.

Dansky, K.H, Thompson, D. & McCrae, S. (2006). A framework for evaluating eHealth research. Evaluation and Program Planning, 29, 397-404

Dansky, K.H., Bowles, K. & Vasey, J. (2006).The impact of telehealth on heart failure outcomes.Circulation, 113(21), 794. Abstracts from American Heart Association’s 7th Scientific Forum on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research in Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke

Rumberger, J. S. & Dansky, K.H. (2006). Is there a business case for telehealth? Telemedicine and e-Health, 12(2), 122-127.

Dellifraine, J., Dansky, K.H. & Rumberger, J.S. (2006).Organizational support for telemedicine: Impact on nurses’ job satisfaction. Health Care Management Review, 31(4), 300-307.

Frey, J., Harmonosky, C.M. & Dansky, K.H. (2005). Performance model for telehealth use in home health agencies. Telemedicine and e-Health, 11(5), 542-550.

Ibrahim, I.A., Kang, E. & Dansky, K.H. (2005). Polypharmacy and possible drug-drug interactions among diabetic patients receiving home health care services. Home Health Care Services Quarterly, 24(1/2), 87-99.

Pipe, T., Dansky, K., Schraeder, C., Conner, K. & Caruso, E. (2005). Patient participation in decision-making as a predictor of health behaviors in older adults. Southern Online Journal of Nursing Research. Issue 4, Vol. 6, http://www.snrs.org

Dansky, K.H. & Ajello, J. (2005). Marketing telehealth to align with strategy. Journal of Healthcare Management, 50, 1, 19-31.

Dansky, K.H. & Gamm, L.D. (2004). Accountability framework for managing stakeholders of health programs. Journal of Health, Organisation and Management, 18(4), 290-304.

Dreachslin J.L., Maldonado, R.W. & Dansky K. (2004). Racial and ethnic diversity: A focused research agenda for health services management. Social Science and Medicine, 59(5) 961-971.

Dansky, K.H, Bowles, K. & Palmer, L. (2003). Clinical outcomes of telehomecare. Journal of Information Technology in Healthcare, 1(1), 61-74.

Dansky, K.H., Weech-Maldonado, R., De Souza, G. & Dreachslin, J.L. (2003). Linkages between organizational strategy and diversity management practices: Diversity-sensitive orientation as a moderating influence. Health Care Management Review, 28(3), 243-253.

Dansky, K.H., Yant, B., Dellasega, C. & Jenkins, D. (2003). Qualitative analysis of telehomecare nursing activities. Journal of Nursing Administration, 33(7/8), 372-375.
Weech-Maldonado, R., Dreachslin, J.L., Dansky, K.H., De Souza, G. & Gatto, M. (2002). Racial/ethnic diversity management and cultural competency: The case of Pennsylvania hospitals. Journal of Healthcare Management, 47(2), 111-126,

Dansky, K.H. & Bowles, K. H. (2002). Lessons learned from a telehomecare project. Caring, Journal of the National Association for Home Care, 21(3).

Bowles, K. H. & Dansky, K.H. (2002). Teaching self-management of diabetes via tele-video. Home Healthcare Nurse, 20(1), 36-42.

Dansky, K., Palmer, L., Shea, D. & Bowles, K. (2001). Cost analysis of telehomecare. Telemedicine Journal and e-Health, 7(3), 225-232.

Brannon, D. & Dansky, K.H. (2001). Bureaucratic control mechanisms and the implementation of quality improvement programmes in home health agencies. International Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management, 3, 2/3/4, 274-287.

Dansky, K., Bowles, K. & Britt, T. (1999). Nurses’ responses to telemedicine in home health care. Journal of Healthcare Information Management, 13(4), 27-38.

Dansky, K., Gamm, L., Vasey, J. & Barsukiewicz, C. (1999). Electronic medical records: Are physicians ready? Journal of Healthcare Management, 44, 6, 440-455.

Dansky, K., Bowles, K. & Palmer, L. (1999). How telehomecare affects patients. Caring, August, 10-14.

Gamm, L., Barsukiewicz, C., Dansky, K. & Vasey, J. (1999). Investigating changes in end-user satisfaction with installation of an electronic medical record in ambulatory care settings. Journal of Healthcare Information Management, 12:4, 53-65.

Gamm, L., Barsukiewicz, C., Dansky, K., Vasey, J., Bisordi, J. & Thompson, P. (1998). Pre- and post-control model research on end-user satisfaction with an electronic medical record: Preliminary results. Proceedings, AMIA Annual Symposium, 225-229.

Dansky, K., Brannon, D., Shea, D.G., Vasey, J. & Dirani, R. (1998).Profiles of hospital, physician, and home health service use by older persons in rural areas.The Gerontologist, 38, 320-330.

Dansky, K. & Dirani, R. (1998). The use of healthcare services by persons with diabetes in rural locations. The Journal of Rural Health, 14(2), 129-137.

Dansky, K. & Miles, J.A. (1997).Patient satisfaction with ambulatory healthcare services: Waiting time and filling time. Hospital & Health Services Administration, 42(2), 165-178.

Brannon, D., Dansky, K, Kassab, C. & Gamm, L. (1996). Interorganizational linkages and service and personnel shortages in rural nursing homes. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 15(2), 172-187.

Dansky, K. H. (1996). The effect of group mentoring on career outcomes. Group and Organization Management, 21, 5-20.

Dansky, K. & Brannon, D. (1996). Discriminant analysis: A technique for adding value to patient satisfaction surveys. Hospital & Health Services Administration, 41(4), 503-513.

Dansky, K. & Brannon, D. (1996). Strategic orientation and TQM: Linking vision to action. Journal of Quality Management, 1(2), 227-242.

Dansky, K. & Brannon, D. (1996). Using TQM to improve management of home health aides. Journal of Nursing Administration, 26(12), 43-49.

Dansky, K, Colbert, C. & Irwin, P. (1996). Developing and using a patient satisfaction survey. Journal of American College Health, 45(3), 331-342..

Dansky, K, Dellasega, C., Shellenbarger, T. & Russo, P. (1996). After hospitalization: Home health care for elderly persons. Clinical Nursing Research,21(1): 1-20.

Dansky, K, Milliron, M. & Gamm, L. (1996). Understanding hospital referrals to home health agencies. Hospital & Health Services Administration, 41(3), 331-342.

Dansky, K. (1995). How will rural home health agencies fare under health care reform? Issues and responses. Journal of Nursing Administration, 25(3), 27-33.

Dansky, K., Brannon, D. & Wangsness, S. (1994). The influence of human resource management practices on patient satisfaction in home health care, Home Health Care Services Quarterly, 15(1), 43-56.

Dellasega, C., Dansky, K., King, L. & Stricklin, M.L. (1994). Use of home health services by elderly persons with cognitive impairment. Journal of Nursing Administration, 24(6), 20-25.

Strasser, S. & Dansky, K (1994). Measuring human resource effectiveness, in Strategic Management of Human Resources, 2e, edited by Myron Fottler, S. Robert Hernandez and Charles L. Joiner. Delmar.

Dansky, K (1991). The right nurse for the job? in George Stevens, (Ed.), Cases and Exercises in Personnel/HRM, 246-251. Business Publications, Inc.

Dansky, K. (1987). College students: An unexpected resource for home health agencies. Caring: Journal of the National Association for Home Care.


Ph.D., 1992, Organizational Behavior, Ohio State University

M.B.A., 1982, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

R.N., 1968, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Baltimore, Maryland