Division of Research Spotlight
The Kaiser Permanente Division of Research conducts, publishes, and disseminates epidemiologic and health services research to improve the health and medical care of Kaiser Permanente members and society at large. We seek to understand the determinants of illness and well-being, and to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care. Currently, DOR’s 550-plus staff is working on more than 350 epidemiological and health services research projects.
A new study in JAMA Network Open of patients who self-scheduled a video or phone visit at Kaiser Permanente Northern California shows that patients were more likely to choose telemedicine over an office visit if they were younger, female, or faced logistical challenges.
A Kaiser Permanente randomized controlled trial comparing an in-person diabetes prevention program with an online version found both helped San Francisco City and County employees at risk for developing diabetes to lose weight.
Nine out of 10 Kaiser Permanente members who had a primary-care video visit were confident in the quality of care received, reported that the provider was familiar with their medical history, and felt that their health care needs were adequately addressed.
Primary care physicians take high-resolution pictures of skin lesions with a dermatoscope and digital camera, then transmit them to dermatologists via the electronic health record.
In part 2 of our profile series, meet the last three of the seven early-career researchers who began their post-doctoral appointments this past year and represent not only diverse communities but diverse research interests as well.
A new Kaiser Permanente study led by Dana Sax, MD, published today in the December issue of the journal Health Affairs, found that “tele-triage” of patients with chest pain over the phone can safely and effectively direct people to the right place for receiving care.
Kaiser Permanente members who chose video visits were overwhelmingly satisfied with this new way to "see" their doctor, according to research correspondence published today in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Neurologists of the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Stroke FORCE team get clot-busting alteplase to patients twice as fast as the national average.