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

Prescott, Anna T., Jay G. Hull, J Nicholas Dionne-Odom, Tor D. Tosteson, Kathleen Doyle Lyons, Zhigang Li, Zhongze Li, et al. “The role of a palliative care intervention in moderating the relationship between depression and survival among individuals with advanced cancer.” Health Psychology : Official Journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association 36, no. 12 (December 2017): 1140–46. https://doi.org/10.1037/hea0000544.

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29048177
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Balboni, Tracy A., George Fitchett, George F. Handzo, Kimberly S. Johnson, Harold G. Koenig, Kenneth I. Pargament, Christina M. Puchalski, Shane Sinclair, Elizabeth J. Taylor, and Karen E. Steinhauser. “State of the Science of Spirituality and Palliative Care Research Part II: Screening, Assessment, and Interventions.” J Pain Symptom Manage 54, no. 3 (September 2017): 441–53. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2017.07.029.

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28734881
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Steinhauser, Karen E., George Fitchett, George F. Handzo, Kimberly S. Johnson, Harold G. Koenig, Kenneth I. Pargament, Christina M. Puchalski, Shane Sinclair, Elizabeth J. Taylor, and Tracy A. Balboni. “State of the Science of Spirituality and Palliative Care Research Part I: Definitions, Measurement, and Outcomes.” J Pain Symptom Manage 54, no. 3 (September 2017): 428–40. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2017.07.028.

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28733252
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Steinhauser, Karen E., and Tracy A. Balboni. “State of the Science of Spirituality and Palliative Care Research: Research Landscape and Future Directions.” Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 54, no. 3 (September 2017): 426–27. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2017.02.020.

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28733253
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Bakitas, Marie, J Nicholas Dionne-Odom, Salpy V. Pamboukian, Jose Tallaj, Elizabeth Kvale, Keith M. Swetz, Jennifer Frost, et al. “Engaging patients and families to create a feasible clinical trial integrating palliative and heart failure care: results of the ENABLE CHF-PC pilot clinical trial.” Bmc Palliat Care 16, no. 1 (August 31, 2017): 45. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12904-017-0226-8.

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28859648
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Rogers, Joseph G., Chetan B. Patel, Robert J. Mentz, Bradi B. Granger, Karen E. Steinhauser, Mona Fiuzat, Patricia A. Adams, et al. “Palliative Care in Heart Failure: The PAL-HF Randomized, Controlled Clinical Trial.” J Am Coll Cardiol 70, no. 3 (July 18, 2017): 331–41. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jacc.2017.05.030.

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28705314
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Kavalieratos, Dio, Daniel E. Siconolfi, Karen E. Steinhauser, Janet Bull, Robert M. Arnold, Keith M. Swetz, and Arif H. Kamal. “"It Is Like Heart Failure. It Is Chronic … and It Will Kill You": A Qualitative Analysis of Burnout Among Hospice and Palliative Care Clinicians.” Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 53, no. 5 (May 2017): 901-910.e1. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2016.12.337.

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28063867
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Bailey, Donald E., Cristina C. Hendrix, Karen E. Steinhauser, Karen M. Stechuchak, Laura S. Porter, Julie Hudson, Maren K. Olsen, et al. “Randomized trial of an uncertainty self-management telephone intervention for patients awaiting liver transplant.” Patient Educ Couns 100, no. 3 (March 2017): 509–17. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2016.10.017.

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28277289
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Steinhauser, Karen E., Annette Olsen, Kimberly S. Johnson, Linda L. Sanders, Maren Olsen, Natalie Ammarell, and Daniel Grossoehme. “The feasibility and acceptability of a chaplain-led intervention for caregivers of seriously ill patients: A Caregiver Outlook pilot study.” Palliat Support Care 14, no. 5 (October 2016): 456–67. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1478951515001248.

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26513022
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