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

Sautter, Jessica M., James A. Tulsky, Kimberly S. Johnson, Maren K. Olsen, Allison M. Burton-Chase, Jennifer Hoff Lindquist, Sheryl Zimmerman, and Karen E. Steinhauser. “Caregiver experience during advanced chronic illness and last year of life.” J Am Geriatr Soc 62, no. 6 (June 2014): 1082–90. https://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.12841.

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24803020
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Sperber, Nina R., Heather A. King, Karen Steinhauser, Natalie Ammarell, Susanne Danus, and Benjamin J. Powers. “Scheduled telephone visits in the veterans health administration patient-centered medical home.” Bmc Health Serv Res 14 (April 1, 2014): 145. https://doi.org/10.1186/1472-6963-14-145.

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24690086
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Balboni, Tracy A., Michael Balboni, Andrea C. Enzinger, Kathleen Gallivan, M Elizabeth Paulk, Alexi Wright, Karen Steinhauser, Tyler J. VanderWeele, and Holly G. Prigerson. “Provision of spiritual support to patients with advanced cancer by religious communities and associations with medical care at the end of life.” Jama Intern Med 173, no. 12 (June 24, 2013): 1109–17. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.903.

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23649656
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Keall, Robyn M., Phyllis N. Butow, Karen E. Steinhauser, and Josephine M. Clayton. “Nurse-facilitated preparation and life completion interventions are acceptable and feasible in the Australian palliative care setting: results from a phase 2 trial.” Cancer Nurs 36, no. 3 (May 2013): E39–46. https://doi.org/10.1097/NCC.0b013e3182664c7a.

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23047796
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Chiarchiaro, Jared, Maren K. Olsen, Karen E. Steinhauser, and James A. Tulsky. “Admission to the intensive care unit and well-being in patients with advanced chronic illness.” Am J Crit Care 22, no. 3 (May 2013): 223–31. https://doi.org/10.4037/ajcc2013346.

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23635931
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Morris, Deborah A., Kimberly S. Johnson, Natalie Ammarell, Robert M. Arnold, James A. Tulsky, and Karen E. Steinhauser. “What is your understanding of your illness? A communication tool to explore patients' perspectives of living with advanced illness.” J Gen Intern Med 27, no. 11 (November 2012): 1460–66. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11606-012-2109-2.

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22638605
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Burton, Allison M., Jessica M. Sautter, James A. Tulsky, Jennifer Hoff Lindquist, Judith C. Hays, Maren K. Olsen, Sheryl I. Zimmerman, and Karen E. Steinhauser. “Burden and well-being among a diverse sample of cancer, congestive heart failure, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease caregivers.” J Pain Symptom Manage 44, no. 3 (September 2012): 410–20. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2011.09.018.

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22727950
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Schell, Jane O., Uptal D. Patel, Karen E. Steinhauser, Natalie Ammarell, and James A. Tulsky. “Discussions of the kidney disease trajectory by elderly patients and nephrologists: a qualitative study.” Am J Kidney Dis 59, no. 4 (April 2012): 495–503. https://doi.org/10.1053/j.ajkd.2011.11.023.

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22221483
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Galanos, Anthony Nicholas, Deborah A. Morris, Carl F. Pieper, Angela M. Poppe-Ries, and Karen E. Steinhauser. “End-of-life care at an academic medical center: are attending physicians, house staff, nurses, and bereaved family members equally satisfied? Implications for palliative care.” Am J Hosp Palliat Care 29, no. 1 (February 2012): 47–52. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049909111407176.

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21546403
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Hendrix, Cristina C., S Nicole Hastings, Courtney Van Houtven, Karen Steinhauser, Jennifer Chapman, Terry Ervin, Linda Sanders, and Morris Weinberger. “Pilot study: individualized training for caregivers of hospitalized older veterans.” Nurs Res 60, no. 6 (November 2011): 436–41. https://doi.org/10.1097/NNR.0b013e31823583c7.

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22067595
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