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Eva Katharina Masel
Eva Katharina Masel, MD, PhD, MSc

Department of Medicine I (Division of Palliative Medicine)
Position: Professor

ORCID: 0000-0001-6415-4488
T +43 1 40400 77800

Further Information


Advance Care Planning; Anxiety; Cachexia; Cancer Care Facilities; Depression; Dyspnea; Humanities; Nausea; Pain; Palliative Care; Psychiatry; Vomiting

Research interests

My main research focus is symptom management in patients living with incurable and progressive diseases. I am the head of the clinical division of palliative medicine, which is the leading study center of the Austrian Palliative Care Study Group (AUPACS). I am a board member of the Austrian Association of Palliative Care. My research focuses on the palliative care of patients (mainly patients suffering from cancer) and families facing serious illnesses, primarily related to the management of distressing symptoms such as cachexia, dyspnea, pain, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting and also to psychiatric symptoms (anxiety, delirium, depression), psychosocial aspects and Medical Humanities. I hold a PhD degree (Doctor of Medical Science) in Mental Health and Behavioural Medicine (PhD thesis: "Psyche at the End of Life: Psychiatric symptoms in patients admitted to a Palliative Care Unit") as well as a Master of Science (MSc) in Palliative Care (Master thesis: Establishing End-of-Life Boards for patients with advanced palliative diseases).


Selected publications

  1. Masel, E.K. et al., 2016. What Makes a Good Palliative Care Physician? A Qualitative Study about the Patient's Expectations and Needs when Being Admitted to a Palliative Care Unit T. Hosoda, ed. PLOS ONE, 11(7), p.e0158830. Available at:
  2. Masel, E.K. et al., 2015. The PERS2ON score for systemic assessment of symptomatology in palliative care: a pilot study. European Journal of Cancer Care, 25(4), pp.544-550. Available at:
  3. Masel, E.K. et al., 2015. Using Medical Comics to highlight Medical Humanities. Medical Education, 2020 Nov;54(11):1049-1050. Available at:
  4. Masel, E.K. et al., 2015. Coming and going: predicting the discharge of cancer patients admitted to a palliative care unit: easier than thought? Supportive Care in Cancer, 23(8), pp.2335-2339. Available at:
  5. Masel, E.K., Schur, S. & Watzke, H.H., 2012. Life is Uncertain. Death is Certain. Buddhism and Palliative Care. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 44(2), pp.307-312. Available at: