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

Winger, Joseph G., Caroline S. Dorfman, Karen E. Steinhauser, Arif H. Kamal, Francis J. Keefe, Tamara J. Somers, and William S. Breitbart. “QUALITATIVE FEEDBACK ON A PSYCHOSOCIAL PAIN MANAGEMENT INTERVENTION FOR PATIENTS WITH ADVANCED CANCER.” In Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 53:S264–S264. OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC, 2019.

Scholars@Duke

Ejem, Deborah, Karen E. Steinhauser, James Dionne-Odom, Rachel Wells, Raegan W. Durant, Olivio J. Clay, Yasemin Turkman, and Marie Bakitas. “EXPLORING RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY IN PROVIDER-PATIENT DIALOGUE AMONG AFRICAN-AMERICANS WITH HEART FAILURE AND CAREGIVERS.” In Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 53:S729–S729. OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC, 2019.

Scholars@Duke

Mentz, Robert J., Christopher M. O’Connor, Bradi B. Granger, Hongqiu Yang, Chetan B. Patel, Karen E. Steinhauser, Mona Fiuzat, et al. “Palliative care and hospital readmissions in patients with advanced heart failure: Insights from the PAL-HF trial.” In Am Heart J, 204:202–4, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ahj.2018.07.010.

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30100051
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Porter, Laura S., Laura Fish, and Karen Steinhauser. “Themes Addressed by Couples With Advanced Cancer During a Communication Skills Training Intervention.” J Pain Symptom Manage 56, no. 2 (August 2018): 252–58. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2018.04.004.

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29704618
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Boucher, Nathan A., Karen E. Steinhauser, and Kimberly S. Johnson. “Older, Seriously Ill Veterans' Views on the Role of Religion and Spirituality in Health-Care Delivery.” Am J Hosp Palliat Care 35, no. 7 (July 2018): 921–28. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049909118767113.

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29607653
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Bonsignore, Lindsay, Nicholas Bloom, Karen Steinhauser, Reginald Nichols, Todd Allen, Martha Twaddle, and Janet Bull. “Evaluating the Feasibility and Acceptability of a Telehealth Program in a Rural Palliative Care Population: TapCloud for Palliative Care.” J Pain Symptom Manage 56, no. 1 (July 2018): 7–14. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2018.03.013.

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29551433
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LeBlanc, Thomas W., Nick Bloom, Steven P. Wolf, Sarah G. Lowman, Kathryn I. Pollak, Karen E. Steinhauser, Dan Ariely, and James A. Tulsky. “Triadic treatment decision-making in advanced cancer: a pilot study of the roles and perceptions of patients, caregivers, and oncologists.” Support Care Cancer 26, no. 4 (April 2018): 1197–1205. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00520-017-3942-y.

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29101469
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Porter, L. S., L. Fish, and K. Steinhauser. “The elephant in the room: Facilitating illness-related communication among couples with advanced cancer.” In When “We” Are Stressed: A Dyadic Approach to Coping with Stressful Events, 163–82, 2018.

Scholars@Duke

Sperber, N., C. Van Houtven, S. Andrews, K. Miller, K. Steinhauser, G. D. Wieland, V. Smith, et al. “Family caregiver use and value of support services in the VA Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers.” Journal of Long Term Care 2018 (January 1, 2018): 41–50. https://doi.org/10.31389/jltc.4.

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LeBlanc, Thomas W., Laura J. Fish, Catherine T. Bloom, Areej El-Jawahri, Debra M. Davis, Susan C. Locke, Karen E. Steinhauser, and Kathryn I. Pollak. “Patient experiences of acute myeloid leukemia: A qualitative study about diagnosis, illness understanding, and treatment decision-making.” In Psychooncology, 26:2063–68, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1002/pon.4309.

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27862591
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