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Karen B. Eden Ph.D.

  • (503) 494-2456
    • Professor of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology School of Medicine
    • Director of Clinical Track in Biomedical Informatics Graduate Program
    • Associate Director of PhD and postdoctoral programs
    • Associate Director of PCOR K12 program

Karen Beekman Eden, Ph.D, is professor in medical informatics and clinical epidemiology at OHSU School of Medicine, and is a scientist focused on patient decision making. The focus of her research career has been in translating evidence to help patients make informed decisions about their own health.  Dr. Eden has extensive experience in translating comparative effectiveness information into patient-friendly interactive decision aids that inform patients and prepare them for an informed discussion with a provider. These decision aids span a broad range of clinical topics including breast cancer screening, childbirth decision making after cesarean and domestic violence safety planning.  Her most recent work includes developing an app to help patients with diabetes select an health app to help manage their disease.


Dr. Eden is also a leader in the graduate program for biomedical informatics.  She serves on Graduate Council and the Graduate Program Steering Committee.  She is the associate director of the predoctoral and postdoctoral programs. As the clinical track director, she also provides ongoing academic advising to all clinical track fellows throughout their programs and oversees the qualifying exams for PhD students.  In addition to mentoring pre and postdoctoral students, she also mentors several K12 faculty members. 


Dr. Eden is past chair of the Women in Academic Medicine committee and currently serves on the Diversity Advisory Council and the OHSU Faculty Senate & Senate Executive Committee.


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  • Ph.D., Portland State University, Portland Oregon United States 1997

Honors and awards

  • OHSU Faculty Senate Service Award, 2017


  • Eden KB, Totten AM, Kassakian SZ, Gorman PN, McDonagh MS, Devine B, Pappas M, Daeges M, Woods S, Hersh WR.  Barriers and facilitators to exchanging health information:  a systematic review of usability.  Int J Med Inf, 88:44-51, April 2016.

  • Eden KB, Orleans CT, Mulrow CD, Pender NJ, Teutsch SM.  Does counseling by clinicians improve physical activity?  A summary of the evidence for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.  Ann Intern Med 2002;137:208-215.

  • Eden KB, McDonagh M. Denman MA, Marshall N, Emeis C, Fu R, Janik R, Walker M, Guise JM, New insights on vaginal birth after cesarean: can it be predicted?  Obstetrics & Gynecology 2010;116(4):967-981.

  • Eden KB, Perrin NA, Hanson G, Messing JT, Bloom T, Campbell J, Gielen A, Clough A, Barnes-Hoyt J, Glass N.  Use of online safety decision aid: immediate effect on decisional conflict about safety.  Am J Prev Med , 2015, [Epub head of print] DOI:  

  • Eden KB, Scariati P, Klein K, Watson L, Remiker M, Hribar M, Forro V, Michaels L, Nelson HD. Mammography Decision Aid Reduces Decisional Conflict for Women in Their Forties Considering Screening. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2015 Sep 11. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26360918.

  • Eden KB, Perrin NA, Vesco KK, Guise JM.  A Randomized Comparative Trial of Two Decision Support Tools for Pregnant Women with a Prior Cesarean.  Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 43, 568-579; 2014; [Epub ahead of print] DOI: 10.1111/1552-6909.12485. 

  • Stacey D, Légaré F, Lewis K, Barry MJ, Bennett CL, Eden KB, Holmes-Rovner M, Llewellyn-Thomas H, Lyddiatt A, Thomson R, Trevena L. Decision aids for people facing health treatment or screening decisions. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2017, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD001431. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD001431.pub5.

  • Totten AM, Womack DM, Eden KB, McDonagh MS, Griffin JC, Grusing S, Hersh WR. Telehealth: Mapping the Evidence for Patient Outcomes From Systematic Reviews [Internet]. Rockville (MD): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (US); 2016 Jun. Available From PMID: 27536752.

  • Ivlev I, Hickman EN, McDonagh MS, Eden KB. Use of patient decision aids increased younger women's reluctance to begin screening mammography: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Gen Intern Med. 2017 Mar 13. doi: 10.1007/s11606-017-4027-9. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28289963.

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