In 2022, DOR celebrates 60 years of innovative health research.

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. DOR’s 600-plus staff is currently working on more than 580 epidemiological and health services research projects. Read our story or watch our video of how it all began and learn even more from our interactive anniversary timeline.

5 Questions for . . . Mary Reed

Longtime DOR investigator Mary Reed didn't expect to go into research, but she has built an important niche studying health information technology's impact on health care at Kaiser Permanente.
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Blood clots in hospitalized patients tied to worse outcomes

A Kaiser Permanente study found the incidence of blood clots in hospitalized patients and those recently discharged has slowly been increasing over time.
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Podcast: Improving lung cancer survival

In this episode of KP Research Radio, Lori Sakoda, PhD, a research scientist at the Division of Research, and Jeff Velotta, MD, a thoracic surgeon with The Permanente Medical Group, discuss early lung cancer detection, ways to promote equitable lung cancer care, and Kaiser Permanente Northern California’s regionalized lung cancer care program.
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American Heart Association honors Kaiser Permanente researcher with award for best publication

Research scientist Erica Gunderson received the Dr. Nanette K. Wenger Research Goes Red® Award for Best Scientific Publication on Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke in Women.
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Helping patients with addiction tackle their health needs

Teaching patients who are in addiction treatment to work with their primary care medical team on both mental and physical health concerns resulted in long-term benefits over 5 years, including more primary care use and fewer emergency department visits, Kaiser Permanente researchers have found.
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Public health group honors Kaiser Permanente researcher with Young Professional Award

Kelly Young-Wolff, PhD, MPH, a clinical psychologist and Kaiser Permanente Division of Research investigator who studies substance use among vulnerable populations, including pregnant women, was awarded the 2022 Young Professional Award by the American Public Health Association (APHA) Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Section.
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5 Questions for . . . Luis A. Rodriguez

Newly minted Kaiser Permanente research scientist uses his clinical experience in pediatric diabetes prevention and obesity management to shape his research questions.
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Link between commonly used chemicals, gestational diabetes

Pregnant people may have increased risk of gestational diabetes if they have higher exposure to phenols, common chemicals used in food packaging and many consumer products, according to Kaiser Permanente research.
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Largest-ever study of thoracic aortic aneurysm supports treatment guidelines

Kaiser Permanente Center for Thoracic Aortic Disease study provides high-quality evidence that most patients diagnosed with a thoracic aortic aneurysm are not likely to experience an aortic dissection.
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Improving care for cancer patients

Two new papers detail how Kaiser Permanente oncology care teams restructured processes to enhance care for patients with breast and lung cancer.
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