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

Voils, Corrine I., Margarete Sandelowski, Philipp Dahm, Rachel Blouin, Hayden B. Bosworth, Eugene Z. Oddone, and Karen E. Steinhauser. “Selective adherence to antihypertensive medications as a patient-driven means to preserving sexual potency.” Patient Prefer Adherence 2 (February 2, 2008): 201–6. https://doi.org/10.2147/ppa.s3796.

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19920964
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Taylor, Donald H., Karen Steinhauser, James A. Tulsky, John Rattliff, and Courtney Harold Van Houtven. “Characterizing hospice discharge patterns in a nationally representative sample of the elderly, 1993-2000.” The American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care 25, no. 1 (February 2008): 9–15. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049909107310136.

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18198361
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Taylor, Donald H., Jan Ostermann, Courtney H. Van Houtven, James A. Tulsky, and Karen Steinhauser. “What length of hospice use maximizes reduction in medical expenditures near death in the US Medicare program?” Soc Sci Med 65, no. 7 (October 2007): 1466–78. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2007.05.028.

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17600605
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Munn, Jean C., Sheryl Zimmerman, Laura C. Hanson, Christianna S. Williams, Philip D. Sloane, Elizabeth C. Clipp, James A. Tulsky, and Karen E. Steinhauser. “Measuring the quality of dying in long-term care.” J Am Geriatr Soc 55, no. 9 (September 2007): 1371–79. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1532-5415.2007.01293.x.

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17915342
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Steinhauser, Karen E., Elizabeth C. Clipp, Judith C. Hays, Maren Olsen, Robert Arnold, Nicholas A. Christakis, Jennifer Hoff Lindquist, and James A. Tulsky. “Identifying, recruiting, and retaining seriously-ill patients and their caregivers in longitudinal research.” Palliat Med 20, no. 8 (December 2006): 745–54. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269216306073112.

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17148529
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Lyerly, Anne Drapkin, Karen Steinhauser, Emily Namey, James A. Tulsky, Robert Cook-Deegan, Jeremy Sugarman, David Walmer, Ruth Faden, and Edward Wallach. “Factors that affect infertility patients' decisions about disposition of frozen embryos.” Fertil Steril 85, no. 6 (June 2006): 1623–30. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fertnstert.2005.11.056.

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16678178
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Evans, Wendy G., Toni M. Cutson, Karen E. Steinhauser, and James A. Tulsky. “Is there no place like home? Caregivers recall reasons for and experience upon transfer from home hospice to inpatient facilities.” J Palliat Med 9, no. 1 (February 2006): 100–110. https://doi.org/10.1089/jpm.2006.9.100.

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16430350
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Steinhauser, Karen E., Corrine I. Voils, Elizabeth C. Clipp, Hayden B. Bosworth, Nicholas A. Christakis, and James A. Tulsky. “"Are you at peace?": one item to probe spiritual concerns at the end of life.” Arch Intern Med 166, no. 1 (January 9, 2006): 101–5. https://doi.org/10.1001/archinte.166.1.101.

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16401817
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Steinhauser, K. E. “Measuring end-of-life care outcomes prospectively.” In Journal of Palliative Medicine, Vol. 8, 2005.

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