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Prince’s apparent opioid-linked death shows need for new plan for pain

– For over a decade, Dr. Michael Von Korff and others have been working on a strategy to stop the opioid epidemic. Here’s an outline.

For over a decade, Dr. Michael Von Korff and others have been working on a strategy to stop the opioid epidemic. Here’s an outline. by Michael Von Korff, ScD, Group Health Resear…
https://www.kpwashingtonresearch.org/news-and-events/blog/2016/may/princes-opioid-linked-death-shows-why-we-need-new-plan-pain/

Tough conversations: How can we help patients get off risky drugs?

– Dr. Sascha Dublin describes a Group Health-UW finding that benzodiazepines probably don’t cause dementia. But she cautions that they’re still bad for you.

Dr. Sascha Dublin describes a Group Health-UW finding that benzodiazepines probably don’t cause dementia. But she cautions that they’re still bad for you. By Sascha Dublin, MD, P…
https://www.kpwashingtonresearch.org/news-and-events/blog/2016/feb/tough-conversations-how-can-we-help-patients-get-risky-drugs/

Group Health’s guidelines helped our Group Practice reduce doses of opioids for chronic pain

– Dr. Michael Von Korff discusses how Washington state guidelines also appeared to lower opioid doses, but large dose reductions followed health plan initiatives.

Dr. Michael Von Korff discusses how Washington state guidelines also appeared to lower opioid doses, but large dose reductions followed health plan initiatives by Michael Von Kor…
https://www.kpwashingtonresearch.org/news-and-events/blog/2015/december/group-healths-guidelines-helped-our-group-practice-reduce-doses-opioids-chronic-pain/

Deep sedation raises risk of complications from colonoscopy

– Dr. Karen Wernli asks: If deep sedation during colonoscopy raises your risk, is it worth the cost to wake up quickly?

Karen Wernli, PhD Dr. Karen Wernli asks: If deep sedation during colonoscopy raises your risk, is it worth the cost to wake up quickly? by Karen J. Wernli, PhD, an assistant inve…
https://www.kpwashingtonresearch.org/news-and-events/blog/2015/december/anesthesia-colonoscopy/

How can we ensure safe medications for mothers-to-be?

– In this Q and A, Dr. Sascha Dublin describes how research using real-world data can ease suffering and prevent harm during pregnancy.

Dr. Sascha Dublin is a Group Health physician and researcher working on drug safety. In this Q and A, Dr. Sascha Dublin describes how research using real-world data can ease suffer…
https://www.kpwashingtonresearch.org/news-and-events/blog/2015/08/how-can-we-ensure-safe-medications-mothers-be/

What if you’re taking an anticholinergic medication?

– Study coauthors Drs. Sascha Dublin, Shelly Gray, and Eric B. Larson explore how to balance the risks and benefits of these common medications.

  by Sascha Dublin, MD, PhD; Shelly Gray, and Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH Dr. Dublin is a Group Health physician, GHRI associate investigator, and affiliate associate professor …
https://www.kpwashingtonresearch.org/news-and-events/blog/2015/06/what-if-youre-taking-anticholinergic-medication/

Starting sleeping pills? Risk of car crash may double

– A UW-Group Health study linked sleeping pills to nearly twice as many car crashes in Group Health patients. Clinicians should take precautions or try nondrug approaches to insomnia.

A UW-Group Health study linked sleeping pills to nearly twice as many car crashes in Group Health patients. Clinicians should take precautions or try nondrug approaches to insomnia…
https://www.kpwashingtonresearch.org/news-and-events/blog/2015/06/starting-sleeping-pills-risk-car-crash-may-double/

Mexican meds: Tempting but potentially toxic

– A GHRI researcher worries about easy access to prescription meds after seeing for herself how common they are across the border.

Susan Brandzel and friend traveling in Mexico. A GHRI researcher worries about easy access to prescription meds after seeing for herself how common they are across the border I’v…
https://www.kpwashingtonresearch.org/news-and-events/blog/2015/04/mexican-meds-tempting-potentially-toxic/

Opioids for chronic pain: Finding hope in advocacy and research

– In our first blog post by a patient, Dave Duhrkoop shares his experience with chronic pain and opioid medications—highlighting the role advocacy and research play in improving care and outcomes.

In our first blog post by a patient, Dave Duhrkoop shares his experience with chronic pain and opioid medications—highlighting the role advocacy and research play in improving care…
https://www.kpwashingtonresearch.org/news-and-events/blog/2015/02/opioids-chronic-pain-finding-hope-advocacy-and-research/

Irrational … but predictable

– Seattle—home of “Book Lust” librarian Nancy Pearl—is a city of books. Here’s a recommendation from Anne Renz.

Seattle—home of “Book Lust” librarian Nancy Pearl—is a city of books. Here’s a recommendation from Anne Renz "Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions" …
https://www.kpwashingtonresearch.org/news-and-events/blog/2015/02/irrational-predictable/

Our research made news in 2014

– Here’s our list of top 10 research stories of 2014—plus links to the news reports they inspired.

  Here’s our list of top 10 research stories of 2014—plus links to the news reports they inspired.
https://www.kpwashingtonresearch.org/news-and-events/blog/2015/01/our-research-made-news-2014/