Sara Lynn Shaunfield

  • 131 Citations
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Research Interests

Dr. Sara Shaunfield received a PhD in Communication from the University of Kentucky. After which, she joined the Department of Medical Social Sciences in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in 2015. Dr. Shaunfield serves as Lead Qualitative Scientist and core member of the Northwestern University Center on Outcomes Research and Education (NUCORE) where she oversees and conducts qualitative scale development and content validation studies of illness-specific patient-reported outcome measures, symptom indices, patient preference questionnaires, and measures of health-realted quality of life.

Dr. Shaunfield's research focuses on patient and family caregiver outcomes and quality of life, including patient-reported outcome measure development and validation. She is especially interested in explorations of the influence of interpersonal communication on informal family caregiver burden and health outcomes within the contexts of chronic, palliative, and end-of-life care. Dr. Shaunfield has over 11 years experience using qualitative research methods. Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Critical Path Institute, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, U Of Kentucky

… → 2015

MS, U of N Texas

… → 2011

Research interests

  • Aging
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Eldercare
  • Geriatrics
  • Health Communications
  • Oncology
  • Outcome Measures
  • Palliative Care and Hospice
  • Patient-Centered Care
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Quality of Life

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Grants 2018 2024

Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Information Systems
Drug Approval
United States Food and Drug Administration
Information Systems
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Critical Pathways
Patient Outcome Assessment
United States Food and Drug Administration
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Clinical Trials

Research Output 2011 2019

  • 131 Citations
  • 23 Article
  • 4 Chapter

Does recall period matter? Comparing PROMIS® physical function with no recall, 24-hr recall, and 7-day recall

Condon, D. M., Chapman, R., Shaunfield, S., Kallen, M. A., Beaumont, J. L., Eek, D., Mitra, D., Benjamin, K. L., McQuarrie, K., Liu, J., Shaw, J. W., Martin Nguyen, A., Keating, K. & Cella, D., Jan 1 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Quality of Life Research.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Analysis of Variance
1 Citation (Scopus)

Patients believe that cosmetic procedures affect their quality of life: An interview study of patient-reported motivations

Waldman, A., Maisel, A., Weil, A., Iyengar, S., Sacotte, K., Lazaroff, J. M., Kurumety, S., Shaunfield, S. L., Reynolds, K. A., Samuelson, E. P., Robinson, J. K. & Alam, M., Jun 1 2019, In : Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. 80, 6, p. 1671-1681 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Quality of Life
6 Citations (Scopus)

A Comprehensive Conceptual Model of the Experience of Chronic Itch in Adults

Silverberg, J. I., Kantor, R. W., Dalal, P., Hickey, C., Shaunfield, S. L., Tegel, K. K., Lai, J-S. & Cella, D., Oct 1 2018, In : American Journal of Clinical Dermatology. 19, 5, p. 759-769 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Quality of Life
Social Stigma
Affective Symptoms
Self Report
Health Status
6 Citations (Scopus)

Communication Challenges and Strategies of U.S. Health Professionals Caring for Seriously Ill South Asian Patients and Their Families

Khosla, N., Washington, K. T., Shaunfield, S. L. & Aslakson, R., Jun 1 2017, In : Journal of palliative medicine. 20, 6, p. 611-617 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Health Personnel
Research Personnel
6 Citations (Scopus)

Lay Epistemology of Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines Among Appalachian Women

Record, R. A., Scott, A. M., Shaunfield, S., Jones, M. G., Collins, T. & Cohen, E. L., Sep 2 2017, In : Health Communication. 32, 9, p. 1112-1120 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Early Detection of Cancer