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Karen B. Eden, Ph.D. (she/her)

  • Professor of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, School of Medicine
  • Interim Chair, Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, School of Medicine
  • Co-Director of NW Center of Excellence & K12 in Patient Centered Learning Health Systems Science


Karen Beekman Eden, Ph.D, is professor and interim chair in medical informatics and clinical epidemiology in the 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 clinician. These decision aids span a broad range of clinical topics including breast cancer screening, childbirth decision making after cesarean and domestic violence safety planning. She and her team are currently creating an integration between Epic and a breast cancer risk and decision tool.  She has most recently been funded to create a mobile app to help OHSU students, faculty and employees access resources to address racial discrimination, sexual harassment and misconduct.

Education and training

    • Ph.D., 1997, Portland State University

Honors and awards

  • OHSU Faculty Senate Service Award, 2017
  • Outstanding Faculty Mentoring Award, All Hill Student Council, 2020


Selected publications

  • 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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2014.09.027.  
  • 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 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK379320/PubMed PMID: 27536752. ww.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/reports/final.cfm.
  • 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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