Karen E. Steinhauser, PhD

Professor in Population Health Sciences
Professor in Medicine
Member of the Duke Cancer Institute
Campus mail 200 Morris Street, Durham, NC 27705
Phone (919) 668-2148
Email address karen.steinhauser@duke.edu

Dr. Steinhauser's primary interests are end-of-life care, medical sociology and patient-provider relationships. Specifically, she investigates the composition and measurement of the quality of life for patients and their families at the end of life. Dr. Steinhauser is a Health Scientist with the Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, VA Medical Center, Durham; Professor, Department of Population Health Science and Medicine; Senior Fellow with the Duke University Center for Aging; Associate Chief for Research, Duke Palliative Care, and Director, Duke Residency Professional Development Coaching Program. 

Karen E. Steinhauser, PhD is a social scientist dedicated to improving quality of life of patients, families, and providers during serious illness.  She is a Health Scientist with the Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, VA Medical Center, Durham and Professor, Department of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Senior Fellow with the Duke University Center for Aging, and a former VA Career Development Awardee. 

Karen Steinhauser, PhD, is Professor, Departments of Population Health Sciences and Medicine, Duke University Medical Center and Senior Fellow with the Duke University Center for Aging and Health Scientist with the Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, VA Medical Center, Durham. Her research is dedicated to improving patient and family psychosocial and spiritual care, in serious illness. She has developed measurement tools to assess patient and family quality of life as well as psychosocial interventions to improve the experience of serious illness for patients and those who care for them. Dr. Steinhauser's research has used qualitative and qualitative methods, observational, trial and implementation research.  Her latest work includes: developing a measure to assess the spiritual needs in palliative care, and addressing clinician resilience in palliative care. She serves as Associate Chief of Research for Duke Palliative Care, Director of the Duke Residency Professional Development Coaching program and Vice Chair of Faculty Development for Population Health Sciences. She has been a long-term member of AAHPM, having served on the research committee and being the 2015 Awardee for Excellence in Scientific Research in Palliative Care. She is the Director of Duke’s Residency Professional Development Coaching Program and Vice Chair for Faculty Development, Department of Population Health Sciences



Area of expertise: Palliative Care, Qualitative Research

Education and Training

  • Ph.D., Duke University, 1996

Publications

Tobin, Rachel S., Michael F. Cosiano, Christopher M. O’Connor, Mona Fiuzat, Bradi B. Granger, Joseph G. Rogers, James A. Tulsky, Karen E. Steinhauser, and Robert J. Mentz. “Spirituality in Patients With Heart Failure.” Jacc Heart Fail 10, no. 4 (April 2022): 217–26. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jchf.2022.01.014.

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Tulsky, James A., Karen E. Steinhauser, Thomas W. LeBlanc, Nick Bloom, Pauline R. Lyna, Jennie Riley, and Kathryn I. Pollak. “Triadic agreement about advanced cancer treatment decisions: Perceptions among patients, families, and oncologists.” Patient Educ Couns 105, no. 4 (April 2022): 982–86. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2021.08.001.

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34384640
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Palamara, Kerri, Jacqueline T. Chu, Yuchiao Chang, Liyang Yu, Dominique Cosco, Stacy Higgins, Asher Tulsky, et al. “Who Benefits Most? A Multisite Study of Coaching and Resident Well-being.” J Gen Intern Med 37, no. 3 (February 2022): 539–47. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11606-021-06903-5.

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34100238
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Winger, Joseph G., Katherine Ramos, Sarah A. Kelleher, Tamara J. Somers, Karen E. Steinhauser, Laura S. Porter, Arif H. Kamal, William S. Breitbart, and Francis J. Keefe. “Meaning-Centered Pain Coping Skills Training: A Pilot Feasibility Trial of a Psychosocial Pain Management Intervention for Patients with Advanced Cancer.” J Palliat Med 25, no. 1 (January 2022): 60–69. https://doi.org/10.1089/jpm.2021.0081.

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34388037
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Ejem, Deborah, Karen Steinhauser, J Nicholas Dionne-Odom, Rachel Wells, Raegan W. Durant, Olivio J. Clay, and Marie Bakitas. “Exploring Culturally Responsive Religious and Spirituality Health Care Communications among African Americans with Advanced Heart Failure, Their Family Caregivers, and Clinicians.” J Palliat Med 24, no. 12 (December 2021): 1798–1806. https://doi.org/10.1089/jpm.2021.0044.

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34182804
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Hildenbrand, Jordan D., Debra M. Davis, Areej El-Jawahri, Kris W. Herring, Susan C. Locke, Kathryn I. Pollak, Gregory P. Samsa, et al. “A novel decision aid for acute myeloid leukemia: a feasibility and preliminary efficacy trial.” Support Care Cancer 29, no. 7 (July 2021): 3563–69. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00520-020-05864-5.

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33159220
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Lewinski, Allison A., Matthew J. Crowley, Christopher Miller, Hayden B. Bosworth, George L. Jackson, Karen Steinhauser, Courtney White-Clark, Felicia McCant, and Leah L. Zullig. “Applied Rapid Qualitative Analysis to Develop a Contextually Appropriate Intervention and Increase the Likelihood of Uptake.” Med Care 59, no. Suppl 3 (June 1, 2021): S242–51. https://doi.org/10.1097/MLR.0000000000001553.

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33976073
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Kaufman, Brystana G., Bradi B. Granger, Jie-Lena Sun, Gillian Sanders, Donald H. Taylor, Daniel B. Mark, Haider Warraich, et al. “The Cost-Effectiveness of Palliative Care: Insights from the PAL-HF Trial.” J Card Fail 27, no. 6 (June 2021): 662–69. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cardfail.2021.02.019.

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33731305
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Perry, Kathleen R., Heather A. King, Ryan Parker, and Karen E. Steinhauser. “Coordinating assessment of spiritual needs: a cross-walk of narrative and psychometric assessment tools used in palliative care.” J Health Care Chaplain, April 28, 2021, 1–14. https://doi.org/10.1080/08854726.2021.1904653.

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33909546
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Winger, Joseph G., Tamara J. Somers, Karen E. Steinhauser, Laura S. Porter, Katherine Ramos, Arif H. Kamal, William S. Breitbart, and Francis J. Keefe. “MEANING-CENTERED PAIN COPING SKILLS TRAINING: A PILOT TRIAL OF A PSYCHOSOCIAL INTERVENTION FOR PATIENTS WITH ADVANCED CANCER.” In Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 55:S302–S302, 2021.

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