Kevin Phillip Weinfurt, PhD


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Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Department / Division:
Psychiatry / Translational Neuroscience
Durham, NC 27710
Office Telephone:
(919) 668-8019
  • PhD, Georgetown University, 1997
Research Interests:
Kevin P. Weinfurt, PhD, is a professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Duke University School of Medicine. He holds a secondary appointment as a professor of psychology and neuroscience. He co-leads the Program in Empirical Bioethics at the Duke Clinical Research Institute and is co-director of the Clinical Research Training Program (Masters degree offered through the School of Medicine).

Dr. Weinfurt conducts research on measuring patient-reported outcomes, medical decision making, and bioethics. In addition to conducting research, Dr. Weinfurt has taught undergraduate courses in introductory psychology, judgment and decision making, the psychology of medical decision making; and graduate courses in multivariate statistics and patient-reported outcomes research.
Representative Publications:
  • Flynn, KE; Lin, L; Moe, GW; Howlett, JG; Fine, LJ; Spertus, JA; McConnell, TR; Piña, IL; Weinfurt, KP. Relationships between changes in patient-reported health status and functional capacity in outpatients with heart failure. American Heart Journal. 2012;163:88-94.e3.  Abstract
  • Flynn, KE; Reese, JB; Jeffery, DD; Abernethy, AP; Lin, L; Shelby, RA; Porter, LS; Dombeck, CB; Weinfurt, KP. Patient experiences with communication about sex during and after treatment for cancer. Psycho-Oncology. 2012;21:594-601.  Abstract
  • Eisenstein, EL; Diener, LW; Nahm, M; Weinfurt, KP. Impact of the Patient-Reported Outcomes Management Information System (PROMIS) upon the design and operation of multi-center clinical trials: a qualitative research study. Journal of Medical Systems. 2011;35:1521-1530.  Abstract
  • Flynn, KE; Jeffery, DD; Keefe, FJ; Porter, LS; Shelby, RA; Fawzy, MR; Gosselin, TK; Reeve, BB; Weinfurt, KP. Sexual functioning along the cancer continuum: focus group results from the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS®). Psycho-Oncology. 2011;20:378-386.  Abstract
  • Beskow, LM; Friedman, JY; Hardy, NC; Lin, L; Weinfurt, KP. Developing a simplified consent form for biobanking. PloS one. 2010;5:e13302.  Abstract
  • Beskow, LM; Friedman, JY; Hardy, NC; Lin, L; Weinfurt, KP. Simplifying informed consent for biorepositories: stakeholder perspectives. Genetics in Medicine. 2010;12:567-572.  Abstract
  • Flynn, KE; Shelby, RA; Mitchell, SA; Fawzy, MR; Hardy, NC; Husain, AM; Keefe, FJ; Krystal, AD; Porter, LS; Reeve, BB; Weinfurt, KP. Sleep-wake functioning along the cancer continuum: focus group results from the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS(®)). Psycho-Oncology. 2010;19:1086-1093.  Abstract
  • Fortune-Greeley, AK; Hardy, NC; Lin, L; Friedman, JY; Lawlor, JS; Muhlbaier, LH; Hall, MA; Schulman, KA; Sugarman, J; Weinfurt, KP. Patient reactions to confidentiality, liability, and financial aspects of informed consent in cardiology research. Circulation. Cardiovascular quality and outcomes. 2010;3:151-158.  Abstract
  • Sulmasy, DP; Astrow, AB; He, MK; Seils, DM; Meropol, NJ; Micco, E; Weinfurt, KP. The culture of faith and hope: patients' justifications for their high estimations of expected therapeutic benefit when enrolling in early phase oncology trials. Cancer. 2010;116:3702-3711.  Abstract
  • Weinfurt, KP; Hall, MA; Hardy, NC; Friedman, JY; Schulman, KA; Sugarman, J. Oversight of financial conflicts of interest in commercially sponsored research in academic and nonacademic settings. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2010;25:460-464.  Abstract
  • Flynn, KE; Lin, L; Ellis, SJ; Russell, SD; Spertus, JA; Whellan, DJ; Piña, IL; Fine, LJ; Schulman, KA; Weinfurt, KP; HF-ACTION Investigators. Outcomes, health policy, and managed care: relationships between patient-reported outcome measures and clinical measures in outpatients with heart failure. American Heart Journal. 2009;158:S64-S71.  Abstract
  • Flynn, KE; Piña, IL; Whellan, DJ; Lin, L; Blumenthal, JA; Ellis, SJ; Fine, LJ; Howlett, JG; Keteyian, SJ; Kitzman, DW; Kraus, WE; Miller, NH; Schulman, KA; Spertus, JA; O'Connor, CM; Weinfurt, KP; HF-ACTION Investigators. Effects of exercise training on health status in patients with chronic heart failure: HF-ACTION randomized controlled trial. JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association. 2009;301:1451-1459.  Abstract
  • Fortune-Greeley, AK; Flynn, KE; Jeffery, DD; Williams, MS; Keefe, FJ; Reeve, BB; Willis, GB; Weinfurt, KP; PROMIS Sexual Function Domain Committee. Using cognitive interviews to evaluate items for measuring sexual functioning across cancer populations: improvements and remaining challenges. Quality of Life Research. 2009;18:1085-1093.  Abstract
  • Jeffery, DD; Tzeng, JP; Keefe, FJ; Porter, LS; Hahn, EA; Flynn, KE; Reeve, BB; Weinfurt, KP. Initial report of the cancer Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) sexual function committee: review of sexual function measures and domains used in oncology. Cancer. 2009;115:1142-1153.  Abstract
  • Weinfurt, KP; Hall, MA; King, NM; Friedman, JY; Schulman, KA; Sugarman, J. Disclosure of financial relationships to participants in clinical research. The New England journal of medicine. 2009;361:916-921.  Abstract
  • Abernethy, AP; Herndon, JE; Wheeler, JL; Patwardhan, M; Shaw, H; Lyerly, HK; Weinfurt, K. Improving health care efficiency and quality using tablet personal computers to collect research-quality, patient-reported data. Health Services Research. 2008;43:1975-1991.  Abstract
  • Flynn, KE; Dombeck, CB; DeWitt, EM; Schulman, KA; Weinfurt, KP. Using item banks to construct measures of patient reported outcomes in clinical trials: investigator perceptions. Clinical Trials. 2008;5:575-586.  Abstract
  • Flynn, KE; Weinfurt, KP; Seils, DM; Lin, L; Burnett, CB; Schulman, KA; Meropol, NJ. Decisional conflict among patients who accept or decline participation in phase I oncology studies. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics. 2008;3:69-77.  Abstract
  • Meropol, NJ; Egleston, BL; Buzaglo, JS; Benson, AB; Cegala, DJ; Diefenbach, MA; Fleisher, L; Miller, SM; Sulmasy, DP; Weinfurt, KP; CONNECT Study Research Group. Cancer patient preferences for quality and length of life. Cancer. 2008;113:3459-3466.  Abstract
  • Weinfurt, KP. Varieties of uncertainty and the validity of informed consent. Clinical Trials. 2008;5:624-625.  Abstract
  • Weinfurt, KP; Hall, MA; Dinan, MA; DePuy, V; Friedman, JY; Allsbrook, JS; Sugarman, J. Effects of disclosing financial interests on attitudes toward clinical research. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2008;23:860-866.  Abstract
  • Weinfurt, KP; Hall, MA; Friedman, JY; Hardy, C; Fortune-Greeley, AK; Lawlor, JS; Allsbrook, JS; Lin, L; Schulman, KA; Sugarman, J. Effects of disclosing financial interests on participation in medical research: a randomized vignette trial. American Heart Journal. 2008;156:689-697.  Abstract
  • Weinfurt, KP; Seils, DM; Tzeng, JP; Compton, KL; Sulmasy, DP; Astrow, AB; Solarino, NA; Schulman, KA; Meropol, NJ. Expectations of benefit in early-phase clinical trials: implications for assessing the adequacy of informed consent. Medical Decision Making. 2008;28:575-581.  Abstract
  • Weinfurt, KP; Seils, DM; Tzeng, JP; Lin, L; Schulman, KA; Califf, RM. Consistency of financial interest disclosures in the biomedical literature: the case of coronary stents. PloS one. 2008;3:e2128.  Abstract
  • Friedman, JY; Sugarman, J; Dhillon, JK; Depuy, V; Pierre, CK; Dinan, MA; Allsbrook, JS; Schulman, KA; Weinfurt, KP. Perspectives of clinical research coordinators on disclosing financial conflicts of interest to potential research participants. Clinical Trials. 2007;4:272-278.  Abstract
  • Garcia, SF; Cella, D; Clauser, SB; Flynn, KE; Lad, T; Lai, JS; Reeve, BB; Smith, AW; Stone, AA; Weinfurt, K. Standardizing patient-reported outcomes assessment in cancer clinical trials: a patient-reported outcomes measurement information system initiative. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2007;25:5106-5112.  Abstract
  • Revicki, DA; Gnanasakthy, A; Weinfurt, K. Documenting the rationale and psychometric characteristics of patient reported outcomes for labeling and promotional claims: the PRO Evidence Dossier. Quality of Life Research. 2007;16:717-723.  Abstract
  • Shea, AM; DePuy, V; Allen, JM; Weinfurt, KP. Use and perceptions of clinical practice guidelines by internal medicine physicians. American Journal of Medical Quality. 2007;22:170-176.  Abstract
  • Weinfurt, KP. Value of high-cost cancer care: a behavioral science perspective. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2007;25:223-227.  Abstract
  • Weinfurt, KP; Allsbrook, JS; Friedman, JY; Dinan, MA; Hall, MA; Schulman, KA; Sugarman, J. Developing model language for disclosing financial interests to potential clinical research participants. IRB. 2007;29:1-5.  Abstract
  • Hall, MA; Camacho, F; Lawlor, JS; Depuy, V; Sugarman, J; Weinfurt, K. Measuring trust in medical researchers. Medical Care. 2006;44:1048-1053.  Abstract
  • Weinfurt, KP; Anstrom, KJ; Castel, LD; Schulman, KA; Saad, F. Effect of zoledronic acid on pain associated with bone metastasis in patients with prostate cancer. Annals of Oncology. 2006;17:986-989.  Abstract
  • Weinfurt, KP; Dinan, MA; Allsbrook, JS; Friedman, JY; Hall, MA; Schulman, KA; Sugarman, J. Policies of academic medical centers for disclosing financial conflicts of interest to potential research participants. Academic Medicine. 2006;81:113-118.  Abstract
  • Weinfurt, KP; Friedman, JY; Allsbrook, JS; Dinan, MA; Hall, MA; Sugarman, J. Views of potential research participants on financial conflicts of interest: barriers and opportunities for effective disclosure. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2006;21:901-906.  Abstract
  • Weinfurt, KP; Friedman, JY; Dinan, MA; Allsbrook, JS; Hall, MA; Dhillon, JK; Sugarman, J. Disclosing conflicts of interest in clinical research: views of institutional review boards, conflict of interest committees, and investigators. The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics. 2006;34:581-481.  Abstract
  • Goodman, L; Dutton, MA; Vankos, N; Weinfurt, K. Women's resources and use of strategies as risk and protective factors for reabuse over time. Violence Against Women. 2005;11:311-336.  Abstract
  • Weinfurt, KP; Depuy, V; Castel, LD; Sulmasy, DP; Schulman, KA; Meropol, NJ. Understanding of an aggregate probability statement by patients who are offered participation in Phase I clinical trials. Cancer. 2005;103:140-147.  Abstract
  • Weinfurt, KP; Li, Y; Castel, LD; Saad, F; Timbie, JW; Glendenning, GA; Schulman, KA. The significance of skeletal-related events for the health-related quality of life of patients with metastatic prostate cancer. Annals of Oncology. 2005;16:579-584.  Abstract
  • Weinfurt, KP; Castel, LD; Li, Y; Timbie, JW; Glendenning, GA; Schulman, KA. Health-related quality of life among patients with breast cancer receiving zoledronic acid or pamidronate disodium for metastatic bone lesions. Medical Care. 2004;42:164-175.  Abstract
  • Weinfurt, KP; Castel, LD; Li, Y; Sulmasy, DP; Balshem, AM; Benson, AB; Burnett, CB; Gaskin, DJ; Marshall, JL; Slater, EF; Schulman, KA; Meropol, NJ. The correlation between patient characteristics and expectations of benefit from Phase I clinical trials. Cancer. 2003;98:166-175.  Abstract
  • Weinfurt, KP; Sulmasy, DP; Schulman, KA; Meropol, NJ. Patient expectations of benefit from phase I clinical trials: linguistic considerations in diagnosing a therapeutic misconception. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics. 2003;24:329-344.  Abstract
  • Weinfurt, KP; Trucco, SM; Willke, RJ; Schulman, KA. Measuring agreement between patient and proxy responses to multidimensional health-related quality-of-life measures in clinical trials. An application of psychometric profile analysis. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. 2002;55:608-618.  Abstract
  • Weinfurt, KP; Maghaddam, FM. Culture and social distance: a case study of methodological cautions. The Journal of social psychology. 2001;141:101-110.  Abstract
  • Weinfurt, KP; Willke, RJ; Glick, HA; Freimuth, WW; Schulman, KA. Relationship between CD4 count, viral burden, and quality of life over time in HIV-1-infected patients. Medical Care. 2000;38:404-410.  Abstract
  • Weinfurt, KP; Rathore, SS; Schulman, KA. ACI-TIPI clinical trial. Acute cardiac ischemia time-insensitive predictive instrument. Annals of internal medicine. 1999;131:476-477.  Abstract
  • Weinfurt, KP; Willke, R; Glick, HA; Schulman, KA. Towards a composite scoring solution for the Neurobehavioral Functioning Inventory. Quality of Life Research. 1999;8:17-24.  Abstract
  • Weinfurt, KP; Bush, PJ. Contradictory subject response in longitudinal research. Journal of studies on alcohol. 1996;57:273-282.  Abstract