KPWHRI in the Media


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



JUNE 1–30

Mental health

Greg Simon, MD, MPH, was interviewed, commenting on research by others about possible interactions between the microbiome and depression and obesity:

Suicide prevention: Research network finds new way to predict risk

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Greg Simon, MD, MPH, discussed his Mental Health Research Network study combining data from electronic health records with results from standardized depression questionnaires to predict suicide risk after mental health specialty and primary care outpatient visits:  

May 1–31

Study explores crash risk among older drivers

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Using a specific cognitive test may be useful to evaluate crash risk, according to scientists in the joint KPWHRI-University of Washington Adult Changes in Thought (ACT) study, including Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH:

Study: low-back pain relief with chiropractic care

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Daniel Cherkin, PhD, was quoted about his editorial in the inaugural issue of JAMA Open Source, on improved outcomes in the military from adding chiropractic care to other back pain treatments:

April 1–30

Kaiser Permanente commits $2 million to gun injury prevention research

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Kaiser Permanente has launched the Kaiser Permanente Task Force on Firearm Injury Prevention to help improve the health of the communities it serves, with a $2 million investment in research to prevent gun injuries and death. David Grossman, MD, MPH, is co-leading this new task force:

Enlightened Aging book

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This quarterly column by Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, is excerpted from his book Enlightened Aging, featuring his research on aging co-leading the joint University of Washington-Kaiser Permanente Washington Adult Changes in Thought (ACT) study:

Safety Net Medical Home Initiative

Qualis Health and MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation’s Safety Net Medical Home Initiative change concepts were key to the overall change process toward a team-based care model. The Commonwealth Fund sponsored the Initiative:

March 1–31

Study finds various treatments can reduce vaginal discomfort from sex

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Katherine Newton, PhD, and Susan Reed, MD, MPH, are among the coauthors of a MsFLASH study that JAMA Internal Medicine published:

Kaiser Permanente researchers explore patients’ marijuana use

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Gwen Lapham, PhD, is quoted about the strength and adverse effects of cannabis:

Two of our physician-scientists are honored

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Among the 17 Kaiser Permanente Washington physicians whom Seattle magazine chose as “Top Docs,” 2 also do research at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI):

Clinical trial of H7N9 bird flu vaccine starts at KPWHRI

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Lisa Jackson, MD, MPH, is leading a national trial to explore improving immune responses to this vaccine:

US Preventive Services Task Force weighs in on behavioral counseling for skin cancer prevention

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David Grossman, MD, MPH, now immediate past chair of the Task Force, is quoted about new recommendations suggesting counseling young adults (with fair skin) up to age 24, and parents of children as young as 6 months, on avoiding ultraviolet radiation to prevent skin cancer:

February 1–28

How shared decision making works

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As David Arterburn, MD, MPH, published in Health Affairs, after Kaiser Permanente Washington introduced decision aids for joint replacement, the number of patients choosing to have hip replacement surgery fell 26 percent, while knee replacements declined 38 percent:

Opioids may raise risk for serious infections

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Sascha Dublin, MD, PhD, and Michael Von Korff, ScD, were quoted about their Annals of Internal Medicine editorial, concluding that opioids raise risks for pneumonia and other serious infections, and that is one more reason for restraint in prescribing these drugs:

Gun safety is crucial for families with high-risk teens

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David Grossman, MD, MPH, was quoted about his editorial in Pediatrics on findings that most parents of teens with depression and substance abuse store guns unsafely:

Medpage Today,  Feb. 21, 2018 
Kids' mental health status not a factor in gun storage

January 1–31

Flucasting week 12: Predicting influenza severity

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Michael Jackson, PhD, is quoted saying that the United States is a little more prepared for a flu pandemic than it was because global surveillance of flu activity has improved:

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

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Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, commented on the state of the evidence for regular exercise helping to prevent dementia in people with mild cognitive impairment:

Treating back pain

As back pain worsens around the world, what care should be avoided?

The Lancet Low Back Pain Series revealed what isn’t working in wealthier nations, writes Dr. Dan Cherkin. Low- and middle-income countries may take note.

Read about it in Healthy Findings

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Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI) improves the health and health care of Kaiser Permanente members and the public. The Institute has conducted nonproprietary public-interest research on preventing, diagnosing, and treating major health problems since 1983. Government and private research grants provide our main funding. Follow KPWHRI research on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, or YouTube. For more information, go to: www.kpwashingtonresearch.org.

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