Dr. Pamela J. McCabe is a Nurse Scientist in the Division of Nursing Research, Mayo Clinic and Assistant Professor of Nursing at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. She received her PhD in nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Prior to her appointment as a Nurse Scientist, Dr. McCabe practiced for 18 years as an advanced practice nurse in cardiovascular acute care. During her clinical experience, Dr. McCabe recognized unmet needs of patients with atrial fibrillation. Those clinical observations motivated her to pursue research to promote a holistic approach to care of patients and their families who live with atrial fibrillation. Dr. McCabe’s research is focused on increasing knowledge about the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral responses of patients to atrial fibrillation and its symptoms and treatments. Her goal is to develop and investigate cognitive behavioral interventions that reduce complications of undetected atrial fibrillation and support effective self-management of atrial fibrillation.
Dr. McCabe is the principal investigator of a National Institutes of Health funded study to evaluate a cognitive behavioral intervention to improve awareness of atrial fibrillation in older adults at risk for developing atrial fibrillation. She is currently a co-investigator in a project supported by the Robert D and Patricia E Kern Center for the Science of Healthcare Delivery to investigate the influence of shared medical appointments on self-management of atrial fibrillation and perceptions of patient-provider communication. In her previous research, Dr. McCabe has described the association of illness beliefs and coping on treatment seeking for symptoms of atrial fibrillation and psychological distress in patients with recurrent symptomatic atrial fibrillation. Dr. McCabe currently serves on the American Heart Association Get with the Guidelines-AF clinical work group and has presented at AHA sponsored seminars and webinars on topics related to guideline-based care, patient education, risk factor management, and promoting quality of life for patients with atrial fibrillation. She is a co-author of the European Heart Rhythm Association sponsored consensus document “Cardiac Tachyarrhythmias and Patient Values and Preferences for their Management”.