Helene Starks, PhD MPH

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Current research interests include issues related to palliative and end-of-life care for patients, their family members, clinicians, and health systems; medical decision-making and clinician-patient communication; qualitative and mixed methods research; stakeholder engagement; implementation and dissemination science; and quality improvement and systems change. Earlier work focused on community-based participatory research and research ethics, especially involving indigenous communities and vulnerable human subjects in research.

Helene Starks, PhD MPH, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Bioethics and Humanities, School of Medicine, and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Departments of Health Services, Family Medicine, and Pediatrics at the University of Washington. She is also the Director of the Metrics, Quality and Evaluation Core for the Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence and core faculty in the Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care, offered jointly by the Schools of Nursing and Medicine. She received an MPH in Health Policy and Administration from the University of California at Berkeley and a BA in Communications and PhD in Health Services Research from the University of Washington.
Dr. Starks’ current research interests include issues related to palliative and end-of-life care for patients, their family members, clinicians, and health systems; medical decision-making and clinician-patient communication; qualitative and mixed methods research; stakeholder engagement; implementation and dissemination science; and quality improvement and systems change. Earlier work focused on community-based participatory research and research ethics, especially involving indigenous communities and vulnerable human subjects in research. 
Her teaching focuses on qualitative and mixed research methods, patient-centered narrative medicine, and quality metrics and systems integration for palliative care programs. She is core faculty in the Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care, which is a 15-credit hybrid online program for interprofessional palliative care providers.
As Director of the Metrics, Quality & Evaluation Core for the Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence, she led the development and implementation of metrics reporting system to support all 4 UW Medicine hospitals is achieving certification in specialty palliative care from The Joint Commission in Spring 2016. She is also part of a team developing ongoing quality metrics using electronic health records data for 18 measures of quality primary and specialty palliative care. She currently serves on the Quality Committee for the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) to promote further dissemination of these quality metrics.

Helene Starks, PhD MPH

Helene Starks, PhD MPH

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