Ruth a. engelberg, Phd

Ruth A. Engelberg PhD

Research Associate Professor
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
Associate Director, End-of-Life Care Research Program

Contact Information

Pat Steel Memorial Building
Box 359762
401 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98104

Research Web Page
Academic Office: (206) 744-9523
Fax: (206) 744-9982     

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Education and Training

B.A. in History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1969

M.A. in Education, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1974

Ph.D. in Education, University of Washington, Seattle WA, 1988

Research Interests

My research interests encompass both methodological and substantive issues associated with measuring and improving the quality of care delivered to patients and their families at the end-of-life. I am particularly interested in understanding, through qualitative and quantitative approaches, how clinician communication with patients and families can enhance patient and family experiences at the end-of-life in both hospital and community settings.

Additional information can be obtained by visiting the End of Life Care Research Program website.

Representative Publications

Patrick DL, Engelberg RA, Curtis JR. Evaluating the quality of dying and death. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 2001; 22:717-26.

Curtis JR, Engelberg RA, Wenrich MD, et al. Studying communication about end-of-life care during the ICU family conference: Development of a framework. Journal of Critical Care. 2002, 17(3):147-60.

Patrick DL, Curtis JR, Engelberg RA, Nielsen E, McCown E. Measuring and improving the quality of dying and death. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2003;139(5 Pt2):410-5.

Treece PD, Engelberg RA, Crowley L, Chan JD, Rubenfeld GD, Steinberg KP, Curtis JR. Evaluation of a standardized order form for the withdrawal of life support in the intensive care unit. Crit Care Med. 2004. May;32(5):1141-8.

Curtis JR, Engelberg RA, Nielsen EL, Au DH, Patrick DL. Patient-physician communication about end-of-life care for patients with severe COPD. Eur Respir J. 2004 Aug;24(2):200-5.


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