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Huong Que Nguyen, PhD, MS, RN


Dr. Nguyen is trained in bio-behavioral research in chronically ill adults and older adults, physical activity epidemiology, applied informatics, health services research, and implementation science. While at the University of Washington, she taught and mentored undergraduate and graduate nursing and health sciences students. Her ongoing partnered research with Kaiser Permanente operational and clinical leaders is focused on using observational and experimental methods to improve care processes and outcomes for older adults with multiple chronic conditions across the illness trajectory and care continuum. Specifically, her implementation and evaluation efforts are focused on physical activity promotion, care transitions, palliative care, and long-term supportive services.

Education and Training

  • BS, California State University, Long Beach
  • MS, University of California, San Francisco
  • PhD, University of California, San Francisco
  • MS, University of Washington, Seattle


Selected Prior Positions

2001-2002 Project Director
Department of Physiological Nursing and Department of Medicine, University of California San Francisco (UCSF)
2002 Administrative Nurse II
Department of Anesthesia, UCSF
2003-2009 Assistant Professor
Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems, University of Washington
2005-2010 K12/KL2 NIH Roadmap Multidisciplinary Clinical Scholar
Department of Medicine, University of Washington
2009-2012 Associate Professor
Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems, University of Washington
2012-present Affiliate Associate Professor
Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems, University of Washington
2012-2017 Research Scientist II
Department of Research and Evaluation, Kaiser Permanente Southern California
2017-present Research Scientist III
Department of Research and Evaluation, Kaiser Permanente Southern California


Selected Honors and Awards

2002-2003 Fellowship
Nurses Educational Fund
2014 Marilyn Hansen Best Abstract Award
American Thoracic Society Assembly on Nursing
2014 CHEST Best Research Abstract
American College of Chest Physicians
2016 iFund Passionate Pursuit of Innovation Award for Walk On!
Kaiser Permanente
2017 Fellow
American Thoracic Society

Selected Publications

Peer-reviewed research manuscripts

  • Nguyen HQ, Ruel N, Macias M, Borneman T, Alian M, Becher M, Lee K, Ferrell B. Translation and Evaluation of a Lung Cancer Palliative Care Intervention for Community Practice (in press, J Pain and Symptom Management)
  • Khang P, Wang S, Liu AI, Watson H, Koyama S, Huynh D, Lee JS, Nguyen HQ. Impact of inpatient palliative care on quality of end-of-life care and downstream acute and post-acute care utilization. ePub, J Palliative Medicine. PMID: 29649400
  • Nguyen HQ, Gelman E, Bush T, Lee JS, Kanter MH. Characterizing Kaiser Permanente’s experience with implementation of California’s End-of-Life Option Act. JAMA Internal Medicine 2018 Mar 1;178(3):417-421. PMID: 29279895
  • Shen E, Koyama SY, Huynh DN, Watson HL, Mittman B, Kanter MH, Nguyen HQ. Association of a Dedicated Post-Hospital Discharge Follow-up Visit and 30-Day Readmission Risk in a Medicare Advantage Population. JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177:132-135. PMID: 27893040.
  • Naylor MD, Shaid EC, Carpenter D, Gass B, Levine C, Li J, Malley A, McCauley, K, Nguyen HQ, Watson H, Brock J, Mittman B, Jack B, Mitchell S, Callicoatte B, Shall J, Williams M. Components of Comprehensive and Effective Transitional Care. J Am Geriatric Soc. 2017; 65(6): 1119-1125. PMID: 28369722.
  • Chen Z, Fan VS, Pike KC, Belza B, Nguyen HQ. Association between social support and self-care behaviors in patients with COPD. Annals of American Thoracic Society. 2017; 14(9):1419-1427. PMID: 28719225
  • Nguyen HQ, Bailey A, Coleman KJ, Desai S, Fan VS, Gould MK, Maddock L, Miller K, Towner W, Xiang AH, Moy M. Patient-centered physical activity coaching in COPD (Walk On!): A study protocol for a pragmatic randomized controlled trial. Contemp Clin Trials. 2016;46:18-29. PMID: 26597414.
  • Sallis R, Roddy-Sturm Y, Chijioke E, Litman K, Kanter MH, Huang BZ, Shen E, Nguyen HQ. Stepping toward discharge: Level of ambulation in hospitalized patients. J Hosp Med. 2015;10:384-389. PMID: 25755217.
  • Nguyen HQ, Harrington A, Liu IL, Lee JS, Gould MK. Impact of pulmonary rehabilitation on hospitalizations for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease among members of an integrated healthcare system. J Cardiopulm Rehabil Prev. 2015;35:356-366. PMID: 26181038.
  • Nguyen HQ, Chu L, Amy Liu IL, Lee JS, Suh D, Korotzer B, Yuen G, Desai S, Coleman KJ, Xiang AH, Gould MK. Associations between physical activity and 30-day readmission risk in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2014;11:695-705. PMID: 24713094.