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

Hays, Judith C., Laura Wood, Karen Steinhauser, Maren K. Olson, Jennifer H. Lindquist, and James A. Tulsky. “Clergy-laity support and patients' mood during serious illness: a cross-sectional epidemiologic study.” Palliat Support Care 9, no. 3 (September 2011): 273–80. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1478951511000228.

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21838948
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Keall, Robyn M., Phyllis N. Butow, Karen E. Steinhauser, and Josephine M. Clayton. “Discussing life story, forgiveness, heritage, and legacy with patients with life-limiting illnesses.” Int J Palliat Nurs 17, no. 9 (September 2011): 454–60. https://doi.org/10.12968/ijpn.2011.17.9.454.

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22067737
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Johnson, Kimberly S., James A. Tulsky, Judith C. Hays, Robert M. Arnold, Maren K. Olsen, Jennifer H. Lindquist, and Karen E. Steinhauser. “Which domains of spirituality are associated with anxiety and depression in patients with advanced illness?” J Gen Intern Med 26, no. 7 (July 2011): 751–58. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11606-011-1656-2.

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21336669
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Lyerly, Anne Drapkin, Karen Steinhauser, Corrine Voils, Emily Namey, Carolyn Alexander, Brandon Bankowski, Robert Cook-Deegan, et al. “Fertility patients' views about frozen embryo disposition: results of a multi-institutional U.S. survey.” Fertil Steril 93, no. 2 (February 2010): 499–509. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fertnstert.2008.10.015.

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19061998
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Steinhauser, Karen E., Stewart C. Alexander, Ira R. Byock, Linda K. George, and James A. Tulsky. “Seriously ill patients' discussions of preparation and life completion: an intervention to assist with transition at the end of life.” Palliat Support Care 7, no. 4 (December 2009): 393–404. https://doi.org/10.1017/S147895150999040X.

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19939302
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Van Houtven, Courtney Harold, Donald H. Taylor, Karen Steinhauser, and James A. Tulsky. “Is a home-care network necessary to access the Medicare hospice benefit?” J Palliat Med 12, no. 8 (August 2009): 687–94. https://doi.org/10.1089/jpm.2008.0255.

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19591625
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Steinhauser, Karen E., and Julie Barroso. “Using qualitative methods to explore key questions in palliative care.” Journal of Palliative Medicine 12, no. 8 (August 2009): 725–30. https://doi.org/10.1089/jpm.2009.9580.

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19663573
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Steinhauser, Karen E., Stewart C. Alexander, Ira R. Byock, Linda K. George, Maren K. Olsen, and James A. Tulsky. “Do preparation and life completion discussions improve functioning and quality of life in seriously ill patients? Pilot randomized control trial.” J Palliat Med 11, no. 9 (November 2008): 1234–40. https://doi.org/10.1089/jpm.2008.0078.

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19021487
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Reynolds, Kimberly S., Laura C. Hanson, Robert F. DeVellis, Martha Henderson, and Karen E. Steinhauser. “Disparities in pain management between cognitively intact and cognitively impaired nursing home residents.” Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 35, no. 4 (April 2008): 388–96. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2008.01.001.

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18280101
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Reynolds, Kimberly S., Laura C. Hanson, Martha Henderson, and Karen E. Steinhauser. “End-of-life care in nursing home settings: do race or age matter?” Palliat Support Care 6, no. 1 (March 2008): 21–27. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1478951508000047.

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18282341
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