Selected Publications

Academic Article

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2021 Can you hear me now?: Improving palliative care access through telehealthResearch in Nursing and Health.  44:226-237. 2021
2020 Improving adherence to adjuvant hormonal therapy among disadvantaged women diagnosed with breast cancer in south carolina: Proposal for a multimethod studyJMIR Research Protocols.  9. 2020
2020 Community Tele-pal: A community-developed, culturally based palliative care tele-consult randomized controlled trial for African American and White Rural southern elders with a life-limiting illnessTrials.  21. 2020
2020 Responding to Healthcare Disparities and Challenges with Access to Care during COVID-19Health Equity.  4:117-128. 2020
2020 Forging a new frontier: Providing palliative care to people with cancer in rural and remote areasJournal of Clinical Oncology.  38:963-973. 2020
2020 Developing and Testing the Feasibility of a Culturally Based Tele-Palliative Care Consult Based on the Cultural Values and Preferences of Southern, Rural African American and White Community Members: A Program by and for the CommunityHealth Equity.  4:52-83. 2020
2019 Reducing disparities in the quality of palliative care for older african americans through improved advance care planning: Study design and protocolJournal of Palliative Medicine.  22:S90-S100. 2019
2018 Social Inequalities in Palliative Care for Cancer Patients in the United States: A Structured ReviewSeminars in Oncology Nursing.  34:303-315. 2018
2018 Culture and Palliative Care: Preferences, Communication, Meaning, and Mutual Decision MakingJournal of Pain and Symptom Management.  55:1408-1419. 2018
2018 Our Differences Make Us StrongerJournal of Pain and Symptom Management.  55:1398-1399. 2018
2017 The potential of palliative care for patients with respiratory diseasesBreathe.  13:278-289. 2017
2017 The Implementation of Measuring What Matters in Research and Practice: Series CommentaryJournal of Pain and Symptom Management.  54:772-775. 2017
2017 Operationalizing the Measuring What Matters Spirituality Quality Metric in a Population of Hospitalized, Critically Ill Patients and Their Family MembersJournal of Pain and Symptom Management.  53:650-655. 2017
2017 A Community-Developed, Culturally-Based Palliative Care Program for African American and White Rural Elders with a Life-Limiting Illness: A Program By The Community for the CommunityNarrative Inquiry in Bioethics.  7:36-40. 2017
2017 Concordance Between Veterans' Self-Report and Documentation of Surrogate Decision Makers: Implications for Quality MeasurementJournal of Pain and Symptom Management.  53:1-4. 2017
2017 Full Collection of Personal NarrativesNarrative Inquiry in Bioethics.  7:4-40. 2017
2017 Opioid Prescription Drug Use and Expenditures in US Outpatient Physician Offices: Evidence from Two Nationally Representative Surveys.Cancer Ther Oncol Int J.  3. 2017
2016 Adherence to Measuring What Matters Items When Caring for Patients With Hematologic Malignancies Versus Solid TumorsJournal of Pain and Symptom Management.  52:775-782. 2016
2016 Assessing Emotional Suffering in Palliative Care: Use of a Structured Note Template to Improve DocumentationJournal of Pain and Symptom Management.  52:1-7. 2016
2016 Concordance of Advance Care Plans With Inpatient Directives in the Electronic Medical Record for Older Patients Admitted From the Emergency DepartmentJournal of Pain and Symptom Management.  51:647-651. 2016
2016 Adherence to Measuring What Matters Measures Using Point-of-Care Data Collection Across Diverse Clinical SettingsJournal of Pain and Symptom Management.  51:497-503. 2016
2016 Feeling Heard and Understood: A Patient-Reported Quality Measure for the Inpatient Palliative Care SettingJournal of Pain and Symptom Management.  51:150-154. 2016
2016 LGBT Populations and Cancer: Is It an Ignored Epidemic?LGBT Health.  3:1-2. 2016
2016 The first step is recognizing, acknowledging, and respecting the inequity, disrespect, and disregard our African American patients have experiencedJournal of Palliative Medicine.  19:124-125. 2016
2015 Systematic review of palliative care in the rural settingCancer Control : Journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center.  22:450-464. 2015
2015 National Institutes of health pathways to prevention workshop: Advancing the research on myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic fatigue syndromeAnnals of Internal Medicine.  162:860-865. 2015
2009 Current status of palliative care-clinical implementation, education, and researchCA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.  59:327-335. 2009
1999 Use of monetary reinforcers by cocaine-dependent outpatientsJournal of Substance Abuse Treatment.  17:229-236. 1999
1999 Behavioral and emotional problems among children of cocaine- and opiate- dependent parentsJournal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  38:421-428. 1999
1998 Context modulates effects of nicotine abstinence on human cooperative respondingExperimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology.  6:390-398. 1998
1998 Context modulates effects of nicotine abstinence on human cooperative responding.Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology.  6:390-398. 1998
1998 Medication take-home doses and contingency managementExperimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology.  6:162-168. 1998
1998 Medication take-home doses and contingency management.Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology.  6:162-168. 1998
1998 Cessation of cocaine use during pregnancy: Effects of contingency management interventions on maintaining abstinence and complying with prenatal careAddictive Behaviors.  23:57-64. 1998
1998 Retention, HIV risk, and illicit drug use during treatment: Methadone dose and visit frequencyAmerican Journal of Public Health.  88:34-39. 1998
1997 Baseline assessment, study entry, and stabilization: double-blind clinical trials in drug dependence.NIDA research monograph.  175:158-181. 1997
1997 Behavioral interventions: Effective and adaptable for the treatment of pregnant cocaine-dependent womenJournal of Drug Issues.  27:625-658. 1997
1997 Social, ethical and practical aspects of perinatal substance useJournal of Substance Abuse Treatment.  14:481-486. 1997
1996 AIDS-related knowledge and high-risk behaviors of pregnant, substance-dependent womenAmerican Journal on Addictions.  5:292-300. 1996
1995 Fluoxetine is ineffective for treatment of cocaine dependence or concurrent opiate and cocaine dependence: Two placebo-controlled, double-blind trialsJournal of Clinical Psychopharmacology.  15:163-174. 1995
1995 Behavioral treatment of cocaine-dependent pregnant women and TB-exposed patientsAddictive Behaviors.  20:533-542. 1995
1994 Cessation of cocaine use during pregnancy: A preliminary comparisonAddictive Behaviors.  19:697-702. 1994
1994 Dr. Elk and colleagues' responseJournal of Substance Abuse Treatment.  11:61-62. 1994
1993 Clinicwide and individualized behavioral interventions in drug dependence treatmentNIDA research monograph.  37-72. 1993
1993 Compliance with tubercolosis treatment in methadone-maintained patients: Behavioral interventionsJournal of Substance Abuse Treatment.  10:371-382. 1993
1993 A substance-abuse research-treatment clinic: Effective procedures and systemsJournal of Substance Abuse Treatment.  10:459-471. 1993
1993 Factor stationarity and invariance of the POMS in cocaine patientsPsychopharmacology Bulletin.  29:263-267. 1993
1993 Methadone dosage, cocaine and opiate abuse [5]American Journal of Psychiatry.  150:675. 1993
1987 The outcome of psychiatric illness. A 2-year follow-up study 1987
1986 Admissions to a psychiatric hospital. Factors associated with admission and inpatient careSouth African Medical Journal.  70:731-734. 1986
1986 Readmissions to a psychiatric hospital. Outcome on follow-upSouth African Medical Journal.  70:735-739. 1986
1986 Depression in schizophrenia: A study of prevalence and treatmentBritish Journal of Psychiatry.  149:228-229. 1986
1985 Hypertension in the aged - Psychosocial and psychiatric concomitants in a coloured communitySouth African Medical Journal.  67:1046-1049. 1985
1985 Hypo-osmolar intravascular volume overload during anaesthesia for transurethral prostatectomy. A report of 2 casesSouth African Medical Journal.  67:1059-1061. 1985
1985 A comparison of CATEGO class 'S' schizophrenia in three ethnic groups: Psychiatric manifestationsBritish Journal of Psychiatry.  147:683-687. 1985
1983 The Coloured elderly in Cape Town. A psychosocial, psychiatric and medical community survey. Part I. Introduction and psychosocial dataSouth African Medical Journal.  64:1017-1022. 1983
1983 The Coloured elderly in Cape Town. A psychosocial, psychiatric and medical community survey. Part II. Prevalence of psychiatric disordersSouth African Medical Journal.  64:1056-1061. 1983
1983 Life events in Xhosas in Cape TownJournal of Psychosomatic Research.  27:223-231. 1983
1982 The admission of the elderly to places of care: A socio-psychiatric community surveyPsychological Medicine.  12:159-168. 1982
1982 The present state examination: Experiences with Xhosa-speaking psychiatric patientsBritish Journal of Psychiatry.  141:143-147. 1982
1981 Physical and mental incapacity in elderly White persons in Cape Town. A community surveySouth African Medical Journal.  59:147-149. 1981
1981 Reasons for referral of the elderly for psychiatric hospitalizationSouth African Medical Journal.  59:150-152. 1981


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2015 Cancer and the LGBT community: Unique perspectives from risk to survivorship 2015


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2015 Challenges and recommended solutions to end of life care for Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients diagnosed with cancer with a life-limiting prognosis.  227-259. 2015
2015 Introduction.  1-6. 2015
2015 The challenges remain: Needed next steps in alleviating the burden of cancer in the LGBT community.  313-331. 2015

Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Psychiatry Residency Program, University of Cape Town 1989
  • Full Name

  • Ronit Elk