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Helene E. Starks

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Adjunct Associate Professor, Health Services
Associate Professor, Bioethics and Humanities (primary appt.)
Adjunct Associate Professor, Family Medicine
Adjunct Associate Professor, Pediatrics


PhD   University of Washington, 2004   (Health Services)
MPH   University of California (Berkeley), 1989   (Policy Analysis)
BA   University of Washington, 1982   (Communications)

Contact Info


Department of Bioethics and Humanities

campus box:   357120
voice:   206-543-9724
fax:   206-685-7515

End-of-life issues; qualitative research; medical decision-making; clinician-patient communication

Hicks K, Downey L, Engelberg RA, Fausto JA, Starks H, Dunlap B, Sibley J, Lober W, Khandelwal N, Loggers ET, Curtis JR. Predictors of Death in the Hospital for Patients with Chronic Serious Illness. J Palliat Med. 2017 Sep 19. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 28926294

Sathitratanacheewin S, Engelberg RA, Downey L, Lee RY, Fausto JA, Starks H, Dunlap B, Sibley J, Lober W, Loggers ET, Khandelwal N, Curtis JR. Temporal trends between 2010 and 2015 in intensity of care at end-of-life for patients with chronic illness: Influence of age under versus over 65 years. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2017 Sep 5. pii: S0885-3924(17)30438-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2017.08.032. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 28887270

Rosenberg AR, Starks H, Unguru Y, Feudtner C, Diekema D. Truth Telling in the Setting of Cultural Differences and Incurable Pediatric Illness: A Review. JAMA Pediatr. 2017 Sep 5. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.2568. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 28873121

Richards CA, Starks H, O'Connor MR, Doorenbos AZ. Elements of Family-Centered Care in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit: An Integrative Review. J Hosp Palliat Nurs. 2017 Jun;19(3):238-246. doi: 10.1097/NJH.0000000000000335.  PMID: 28496382    PMCID: PMC5421392
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Coats H, Paganelli T, Starks H, Lindhorst T, Starks Acosta A, Mauksch L, Doorenbos A. A Community Needs Assessment for the Development of an Interprofessional Palliative Care Training Curriculum. J Palliat Med. 2016 Nov 1. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 27802069    PMCID: PMC5333526
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