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KPWHRI in the Media 2019

 

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

 

2019


december 1-31

Social determinants of health

Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, coauthored a blog post about the potential of technology being harnessed by individuals to be used to address their social needs:


Six Building Blocks help small rural clinics to manage opioids better

Read story.

A roundup of the University of Washington’s most impactful research in 2019 featured an innovative opioid-use-reduction program led by Michael Parchman, MD, MPH, with UW researchers:


Suicide prevention

Julie Richards, PhD, and Gregory Simon, MD, MPH, discuss their research toward “Zero Suicide,” which point to the importance of closely monitoring alcohol use in patients seeking psychiatric care:


Mailing home HPV tests may provide alternative to Pap screening

Read news release.

Rachel Winer, PhD, and Diana Buist, PhD, found that at-home self-testing for human papillomavirus was linked to a 50 percent increase in screening for cervical cancer in Kaiser Permanente Washington women patients who had been overdue for screening:


Flu shots boost your chances of staying well

Read story.

Michael Jackson, PhD, appears, describing Learning Health System Program work to identify and contact patients at highest risk of being hospitalized with the flu—and urge them to be vaccinated:


November 1-30

Mailing home HPV tests may provide alternative to Pap screening

Read news release.

Rachel Winer, PhD, and Diana Buist, PhD, found that at-home self-testing for human papillomavirus was linked to a 50 percent increase in screening for cervical cancer in Kaiser Permanente Washington women patients who had been overdue for screening:


Breast cancer

Lu Chen, PhD, was interviewed about her research debunking the myth that tight brassieres have anything to do with risk for breast cancer:


Targeting risk factors could prevent 1 in 3 dementia cases

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Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, was interviewed about his research on preventing dementia:


Child & adolescent health

Rita Mangione-Smith, MD, MPH, was interviewed about her research on parent/provider communication regarding use of antibiotics:


Mailing home HPV tests may provide alternative to Pap screening

Read news release.

Rachel Winer, PhD, and Diana Buist, PhD, found that at-home self-testing for human papillomavirus was linked to a 50 percent increase in screening for cervical cancer in Kaiser Permanente Washington women patients who had been overdue for screening:


Let’s put measurement-based care in behavioral health treatment

Read blog post.

Cara Lewis, PhD, is quoted about the advantages of implementing measurement-based psychological care:


PCORnet Bariatric Study

Read about study.

In three videos, David Arterburn, MD, MPH, who recently won the PCORI Dissemination and Implementation Award, discusses the results of PCORnet Bariatric Study—and how they will be used to create decision aids for patients and providers for shared decision making about weight loss surgery:


7 ways to protect your brain—and your thinking power

Read story.

Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, commented on a new medication that might—or might not—help slow cognitive decline:


Health Services & Economics

At a recent Collaboratory Steering Committee meeting, NIH interviewed Lynn DeBar, PhD, and Beverly Green, MD, MPH, as principal investigators of completed trials, to glean advice for new trials:


october 1-31

Behavioral Health Integration: Empowered medical assistants are at the forefront

Read blog post.

Paula Lozano, MD, MPH, discusses the advantage of a team-based approach that lets medical assistants take ownership of care-management tasks:


Suicide prevention: Research network finds new way to predict risk

Read story.

Gregory Simon, MD, MPH, described how Kaiser Permanente will begin using a combination of patients’ health records and their answers to a short depression questionnaire to predict who’s most at risk in one of their mental health clinics:


Healthy Hearts Northwest helps smaller primary care clinics improve care

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Michael Parchman, MD, MPH, discussed results from his study showing that with supplemental support, primary care clinics can improve blood pressure care and lower the risk of cardiovascular disease:


Implementing cancer care

Cara Lewis, PhD, and Laura-Mae Baldwin, MD, MPH, are leaders of the University of Washington’s new implementation science centers focused on cancer control, part of NIH’s Cancer Moonshot initiative:


Ensuring safe medications for pregnant women

Watch video.

Paige Wartko, PhD, commented on research suggesting that certain antidepressant medications may be linked to the development of gestational diabetes:


Preventing firearm injury: A priority for providers, researchers

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A story mentions research by David Grossman, MD, MPH: Keeping a gun locked, unloaded, and storing ammunition locked and in a separate location were each associated with a protective effect for unintentional firearm shootings and suicide attempts among teens and children:


september 1-30

Learning health system

Read story.

Paula Lozano, MD, MPH, Katharine Bradley, MD, MPH, and Rebecca Young, MSW, discussed the connection between research and care innovation: specifically, how research can improve clinical care using mental health screening tools as an example:


Diabetes is more common among minorities at lower weights

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David Arterburn, MD, MPH, was part of a team that found that members of racial and ethnic minority groups were much more likely to have diabetes or prediabetes at lower weights—even at normal or below-normal body mass index (BMI):


Six Building Blocks help small rural clinics to manage opioids better

Read story.

Led by Michael Parchman, MD, MPH, researchers at Kaiser Permanente and the University of Washington have developed an innovative program to provide small rural clinics with practice support to reduce patients’ use of opioids:


AUGust 1-31

Six Building Blocks help small rural clinics to manage opioids better

Read story.

Led by Michael Parchman, MD, MPH, researchers at Kaiser Permanente and the University of Washington have developed an innovative program to provide small rural clinics with practice support to reduce patients’ use of opioids:


Kids need to lose weight? Set goals and work together

Read story.

Dori Rosenberg, PhD, says physical activity has been shown to improve academic performance—and improves attention and concentration:


JUly 1-31

Post-traumatic stress disorder

Ben Balderson, PhD, shared information on fireworks trigging post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD):


Financial incentives increase stool testing

Research by Beverly Green, MD, MPH, explores how to help decrease disparities in screening for colon cancer:


CT scan use in pregnancy rose in U.S. and Canada over two decades

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Diana Miglioretti, PhD, Erin Bowles, MPH, and colleagues conducted the first large, multicenter study of advanced imaging during pregnancy. They found that use of scans that expose women and fetuses to ionizing radiation has risen significantly over 21 years:


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.


Six Building Blocks help small rural clinics to manage opioids better

Read story.

Led by Michael Parchman, MD, MPH, researchers at Kaiser Permanente and the University of Washington have developed an innovative program to provide small rural clinics with practice support to reduce patients’ use of opioids:


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

Read Live Healthy story.

Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, outlines steps you can take to help prevent brain function from declining with age:


JUNE 1-30

Using breast MRI after cancer may lead to unneeded biopsies

Read news release.

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

Read story.

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

Read news release.

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

Read story.

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

Read story.

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


Stand up for your health!

Read Live Healthy story.

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

Diagnosing blood pressure

Read story.

Beverly Green, MD, MPH, discusses why self-monitoring at different times of the day is important for people with hypertension:


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

Read blog post.

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

Read about the book.

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

 


February 1–28

Esketamine: How to assess new antidepressant’s efficacy

Read blog post.

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?

Read blog post.

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

Read blog post.

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

Read story.

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

Read story.

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

Read blog post.

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

Read news release.

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?

Read blog post.

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

Read news release.

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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