Dr. Hutton works in two related fields on a local, national and international basis: hospice and palliative medicine and HIV care and treatment. Her scholarly work is focused on improving the quality of life of children and adolescents living with serious and life-threatening conditions through the dissemination and use of evidence-based palliative care.
Locally, she is director of the Johns Hopkins Pediatric & Adolescent HIV/AIDS Program, medical director of Harriet Lane Compassionate Care, the palliative care program of the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, and pediatric medical director for Community Hospice of Maryland. Nationally, she works to assure that pediatrics is represented in palliative care policy, research, and education. Internationally, she works to integrate palliative care with HIV care and treatment through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program, especially in Ethiopia.
For Dr. Hutton’s HIV research, she conducted a quantitative and qualitative analysis of medical record and interview data describing the end of life experiences of HIV-infected children from the Intensive Primary Care Clinic. She is also studying patient-provider communication and health care decision-making for minor children with families. Dr. Hutton is also a co-investigator for the Johns Hopkins Pediatric AIDS Clinical Trials Group.
Kerrigan D, Johnson K, Stewart M, Magyari T, Hutton N, Ellen JM, Sibinga EM. "Perceptions, experiences, and shifts in perspective occurring among urban youth participating in a mindfulness-based stress reduction program."Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2011 May;17(2):96-101
Keene E, Hutton N, Hall B, Rushton C. "Bereavement debriefing sessions: an intervention to support healthcare professionals in managing their grief after the death of a patient." Pediatric Nursing. 2010 Jul-Aug;36(4):185-9; quiz 190.
Boss R, Hutton N, Donohue P, Arnold R. Neonatologist training to guide family decision-making for critically ill infants. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2009 Sep;163:783-788.
Butler AM, Williams PL, Howland LC, Storm D, Hutton N, Seage GR, Pediatric AIDS Clinical Trials Groups 219C Study Team. Impact of disclosure of HIV infection on health-related quality of life among children and adolescents with HIV infection. Pediatrics. 2009 Mar;123(3):935-43.
Boss R, Hutton N, Sulpar L, West A, Donohue P. The values parents apply to decision-making about delivery room resuscitation for high risk newborns. Pediatrics. 2008 Sep;122(3):583-9.