KPWHRI in the Media


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



MARCH 1–31

Kaiser Permanente launches first coronavirus vaccine trial

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Lisa A. Jackson, MD, MPH, is leading the first-ever clinical trial for a vaccine targeting the virus that causes COVID-19. Moderna, Inc., produced the vaccine in record time. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is sponsoring the trial, which is taking place at KPWHRI’s Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit. This groundbreaking research is being widely covered by media outlets around the world, including these:

National, Mar 16, 2020:

Local, Mar 16, 2020:

International, Mar 16, 2020:


Joseph E. Glass, PhD, MSW, and Katharine Bradley, MD, MPH, are among 3 coauthors of a blog on contingency management, a behavioral treatment based on operant conditioning principles. Most often, it means providing something of monetary value to patients to incent them to not use drugs:

Best weight-loss surgery for diabetes and severe obesity?

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In this new PCORI video, David Arterburn, MD, MPH, shares the main findings of the PCORnet® Bariatric Study, which compared risks and benefits of the most common types of bariatric surgery to help patients with obesity make informed choices with their physicians:

february 1–29

Vaccine against new coronavirus

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The first clinical trial for a vaccine targeting SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, will be sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The trial will take place at KPWHRI’s Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit, led by Lisa A. Jackson, MD, MPH:

More operations follow gastric bypass than gastric sleeve

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David Arterburn, MD, MPH, was interviewed about the rise in second operations after weight-loss surgery:

How effective is acupuncture for chronic back pain?

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Karen Sherman, PhD, was interviewed about Medicare soon offering coverage for acupuncture treatments for lower back pain:

6 Building Blocks helps rural clinics to manage opioids

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The AHRQ posted a step-by-step guide to support clinics as they implement effective, guideline-driven care for their patients with chronic pain who are using opioid therapy. Michael Parchman, MD, MPH, led the team that developed Six Building Blocks: A team-based approach to improving opioid management in primary care:

January 1–31

Your brain is a reservoir: Replenish it with these 10 healthy habits

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Commenting on a study linking sleep problems to cognitive decline and dementia, Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, cautioned against overreacting with anxiety, because just because a person struggles with sleep, it doesn’t mean they’re destined to have cognitive problems:

5 ways to prevent or delay dementia

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“Super-agers”—people who age in an unusually healthy way—tend to proactively build a lot of positive, healthy, social activity into their daily lives, according to Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH:

Accountable Communities of Health have made strides

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KPWHRI’s Center for Community Health and Evaluation found that Washington state’s Accountable Communities of Health (ACH) have evolved into robust, regional organizations that are integral to advancing the state’s health system transformation efforts:

Integrative non-drug therapies treat back pain at reasonable cost

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Dan Cherkin, PhD, is interviewed about the issues surrounding back pain, including its causes, treatments and costs:

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