KPWHRI in the Media


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



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:

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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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Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 11.8 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.