KPWHRI in the Media


News media often cover Kaiser Permanente Washington research.
Here are selected mentions.



JUNE 1-30

Using breast MRI after cancer may lead to unneeded biopsies

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Karen Wernli, PhD, found that when breast cancer survivors were screened using breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), they had more than twice as many biopsies as did those screened using mammography alone:


Top pediatric physician-scientist chosen to lead Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute

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Rita Mangione-Smith, MD, MPH, is the new leader of Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute:

Post-traumatic stress disorder


Ben Balderson, PhD, shared information, tips, and treatment for Post-Traumatic Disorder Awareness Month:

MAY 1-31

Fewer heart attacks, strokes, and deaths after weight-loss surgery

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Research led by KPWHRI is cited. Published in JAMA, it showed that patients who had bariatric surgery had a significantly smaller risk of coronary artery disease and stroke compared with patients who did not have surgery:

10 things you can do to prevent devastating falls

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Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, commented on a new study suggesting that older people who fall may not always be stumbling over things in the dark:

April 1-30

Chronic illness care

Ed Wagner, MD, MPH, gave the C. Wesley Eisele Lecture (Practice Transformation Using

the Chronic Care Model) to the American College of Physicians’ annual Internal Medicine Meeting:

How to keep guns—and troubled teens—safe

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David Grossman, MD, MPH, co-leads Kaiser Permanente’s Firearm Injury Prevention task force:

Stand up for your health!

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Dori Rosenberg, PhD, says exercising consistently can help prevent heart disease and muscle weakness; control and treat various chronic conditions; increase bone and muscle strength; improve brain function and sleep; and boost mood and enhance overall quality of life.

March 1-31

Proactive boomers will ‘choose their own adventure’ in growing old

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Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, advises the boomer generation—which includes pioneers of the self-care movement—to thrive by carrying their activism into the process of aging:

Enlightened Aging book

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Book by Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, and Joan DeClaire, is reviewed:


February 1–28

Esketamine: How to assess new antidepressant’s efficacy

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Gregory Simon, MD, MPH, is quoted about whether the new antidepressant treatment, which the FDA approved on March 4, decreases suicide attempts:

Cost-of-care conversations: How can health care be more transparent?

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Based on her research, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Nora Henrikson, PhD, discusses three pathways that clinicians can use to integrate cost of care conversations into their clinical workflows:

Proactive boomers will ‘choose their own adventure’ in growing old

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Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, discusses the broader perspectives and achievable goals that come with aging:


January 1–31

ACT study: Long-running study of aging examines changes in Kaiser Permanente patients over time

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Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, will participate in a panel at the UW about the latest research on Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other neurodegenerative diseases:

10 things you can do to prevent devastating falls

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This story, on whether increasing falls among older people may be due to more use of prescription medications, quotes Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH. It also discusses current research by Karen Sherman, PhD, with University of Washington (UW) colleagues to find ways to reduce the risk, including daily exercises and reducing or eliminating use of benzodiazepine medications:

Kaiser Permanente Research Affiliates Evidence-based Practice Center

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality newsletter features two articles by KPWHRI researchers: David C. Grossman, MD, MPH, on U.S. Preventive Services Task Force priorities for prevention research; and Nora Henrikson, PhD, on cost-effectiveness of age-specific screening intervals for people with family histories of colorectal cancer:

Gun safety is crucial for families with high-risk teens

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David C. Grossman, MD, MPH, is quoted about Kaiser Permanente’s commitment of $2 million toward research to prevent gun injuries and death, which he is helping to lead:

Home tests and automated reminders cut colon cancer screening costs

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Beverly Green, MD, MPH, says Kaiser Permanente’s fecal immunochemical test (FIT) kit direct-mail program has led to some of the United States’ highest colorectal screening rates:

How should we screen for gestational diabetes?

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In this podcast, Sascha Dublin, MD, PhD, and Gaia Pocobelli, PhD, discuss how they discovered that switching to a new screening approach increased diagnoses of gestational diabetes without improving health outcomes—leading Kaiser Permanente Washington to switch back.

Suicide prevention: Research network finds new way to predict risk

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Julie Richards, PhD, writes about how Kaiser Permanente Washington’s behavioral health integration pilot showed how primary care providers can best help identify and treat suicidal patients. Her coauthors are Rebecca Parrish, LICSW, Amy Lee, MPH, Katharine Bradley, MD, MPH, and Ryan Caldeiro, MD:


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