Visiting Research Fellow
School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
I am a Colombian psychologist and Postdoctoral Researcher at the University Center for Palliative Care, Inselspital, Bern. I am also a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide and a Research Supervisor at Flinders University, in Adelaide, Australia. I have undertaken postgraduate studies in Psychooncology and short courses on Art-therapy in Colombia, and Narrative Therapy in Australia.
Sofia's research interests lie predominantly in the psychological implications of end-of-life care. Specifically, in the impact that death of an individual and the process of dying have on health care professionals, patients, families and on society as a whole.
Date Position Institution name 2016 - ongoing Postdoctoral Researcher Inselspital, Bern University Hospital 2014 - ongoing Visiting Research Fellow University of Adelaide 2009 - ongoing Doctoral student University of Adelaide
Language Competency English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review German Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review Spanish - Latin American Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review Spanish; Castilian Can read, write, understand spoken and peer review
Date Institution name Country Title 2012 University of Adelaide Australia Doctor of Philosophy
Year Citation 2020 Hagemann, M., Zambrano, S. C., Bütikofer, L., Bergmann, A., Voigt, K., & Eychmüller, S. (2020). Which Cost Components Influence the Cost of Palliative Care in the Last Hospitalization? A Retrospective Analysis of Palliative Care Versus Usual Care at a Swiss University Hospital. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 59(1), 20-29.e9.
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2020 Zambrano, S. C., Kollár, A., & Bernhard, J. (2020). Experiences of return to work after treatment for extremital soft tissue or bone sarcoma: Between distraction and leaving the disease behind. Psycho-Oncology, 29(4), 781-787.
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2020 Zambrano, S. C., Centeno, C., Larkin, P. J., & Eychmüller, S. (2020). Using the Term "Palliative Care": International Survey of How Palliative Care Researchers and Academics Perceive the Term "Palliative Care". Journal of palliative medicine, 23(2), 184-191.
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2020 White, N., Oostendorp, L., Vickerstaff, V., Gerlach, C., Engels, Y., Maessen, M., . . . Stone, P. (2020). Erratum: An online international comparison of thresholds for triggering a negative response to the "surprise Question": A study protocol (BMC Palliative Care (2019) 18 (36) DOI: 10.1186/s12904-019-0413-x). BMC Palliative Care, 19(1).
2019 White, N., Oostendorp, L., Vickerstaff, V., Gerlach, C., Engels, Y., Maessen, M., . . . Stone, P. (2019). An online international comparison of thresholds for triggering a negative response to the "surprise Question": A study protocol. BMC Palliative Care, 18(1), 36.
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2019 Fliedner, M., Zambrano, S., Schols, J. M. G. A., Bakitas, M., Lohrmann, C., Halfens, R. J. G., & Eychmüller, S. (2019). An early palliative care intervention can be confronting but reassuring: A qualitative study on the experiences of patients with advanced cancer. Palliative Medicine, 33(7), 783-792.
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2018 Zambrano R., S. C. (2018). Caring for patients at the end of life: Experiences and needs of physicians. Therapeutische Umschau, 75(2), 135-144.
2018 Zambrano Ramos, S., Chur-Hansen, A., & Crawford, G. B. (2018). Beyond right or wrong: attitudes and practices of physicians, nurses, psychologists, and social workers regarding attendance at patient funerals. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 22(4), 400-407.
2017 Zambrano Ramos, S., Chur-Hansen, A., & Crawford, G. (2017). Attending patient funerals: practices and attitudes of Australian medical practitioners. Death Studies, 41(2), 78-86.
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2016 Zambrano, S. C., Fliedner, M. C., & Eychmüller, S. (2016). The impact of early palliative care on the quality of care during the last days of life: What does the evidence say?. Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care, 10(4), 310-315.
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2016 Bray, H., Zambrano, S., Chur-Hansen, A., & Ankeny, R. (2016). Not appropriate dinner table conversation? Talking to children about meat production. Appetite, 100, 1-9.
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2016 McMichael, L. C., Zambrano, S. C., & Crawford, G. B. (2016). The physician as patient in palliative care: A retrospective case-note audit. Palliative Medicine, 30(9), 889-892.
2015 Crawford, G., & Zambrano, S. (2015). Junior doctors' views of how their undergraduate clinical electives in palliative care influenced their current practice of medicine. Academic Medicine, 90(3), 338-344.
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2015 Due, C., Zambrano, S., Chur-Hansen, A., Turnbull, D., & Niess, C. (2015). Higher degree by research in a foreign country: a thematic analysis of the experiences of international students and academic supervisors. Quality in Higher Education, 21(1), 52-65.
2014 Zambrano, S. C., Chur-Hansen, A., & Crawford, G. B. (2014). Erratum: The experiences, coping mechanisms, and impact of death and dying on palliative medicine specialists (Palliative and Supportive Care (2013) DOI: 10.1017/S1478951513000138). Palliative and Supportive Care, 12(4), 341.
2014 Zambrano Ramos, S., Chur-Hansen, A., & Crawford, G. (2014). The experiences, coping mechanisms and impact of death and dying on palliative medicine specialists. Palliative & Support Care, 12(4), 309-316.
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2013 Zambrano Ramos, S., Chur-Hansen, A., & Crawford, G. (2013). How do surgeons experience and cope with the death and dying of their patients? A qualitative study in the context of life-limiting illnesses. World Journal of Surgery, 37(5), 935-944.
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2013 Chur-Hansen, A., Zambrano Ramos, S., & Crawford, G. (2013). Furry and feathered family members: A critical review of their role in palliative care. The American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care, Online(6), 1-7.
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2012 Zambrano Ramos, S., Chur-Hansen, A., & Crawford, G. (2012). On the emotional connection of medical specialists dealing with death and dying: a qualitative study of oncologists, surgeons, intensive care specialists and palliative medicine specialists. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care, 2(3), 270-275.
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2012 Moyano, J. R., Zambrano, S. C., & Melgarejo, N. (2012). The attitudes of nurses toward opioid analgesics at a hospital in colombia. Journal of Supportive Oncology, 10(1), 29.
2011 Moyano, J., & Zambrano Ramos, S. (2011). The influence of information leaflets on morphine consumption in postoperative patients using patient-controlled analgesia. Journal of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy, 25(4), 335-339.
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2011 Zambrano Ramos, S., & Barton, C. (2011). On the journey with the dying: How general practitioners experience the death of their patients. Death Studies, 35(9), 824-851.
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2010 Moyano, J., Zambrano, S., & Mayungo, T. (2010). Characteristics of the last hospital stay in terminal patients at an acute care hospital in Colombia. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 27(6), 402-406.
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2008 Moyano, J., & Zambrano, S. (2008). Why dying at home indicates unmet needs in Colombia. European Journal of Palliative Care, 15(3), 138-141.
2008 Moyano, J., Zambrano, S., Ceballos, C., Santacruz, C. M., & Guerrero, C. (2008). Palliative sedation in Latin America: Survey on practices and attitudes. Supportive Care in Cancer, 16(5), 431-435.
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2007 Moyano, J., Guerrero, C., & Zambrano, S. (2007). Information on palliative care from the family's perspective. European Journal of Palliative Care, 14(3), 117-119.
Year Citation 2016 Bray, H. J., zambrano ramos, S. C., Chur-Hansen, A., & Ankeny, R. A. (2016). 'Mummy, where does steak come from?' How Australian families talk about meat. The Conversation.
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