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 on how it all began and in our interactive anniversary timeline.

Podcast: Telemedicine can improve cancer care

KP Research Radio explores how oncologists used phone and video appointments to expand care options for cancer patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Early data on COVID-19 vaccine in teens shows booster effectiveness

An analysis of early data on the effectiveness of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in children and teens found that a third shot, or booster, extended protection against emergency department and urgent care visits in 16- and 17-year-olds.
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Colorectal cancer screening program erases disparities in outcomes

Regional program eliminated disparities in colorectal cancer death rates between Black and white members in Kaiser Permanente Northern California.
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New approach to alcohol withdrawal treatment reduced patients’ time in the hospital

Kaiser Permanente quality improvement effort to update hospital management of alcohol withdrawal was associated with shorter time in the hospital and less use of the intensive care unit (ICU), according to research published Feb. 22 in JAMA Network Open.
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5 Questions for . . . Laura Myers

Kaiser Permanente research scientist and physician is helping to change the way pulmonary and critical care are provided.
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Blood pressure patterns in early pregnancy tied to later risk of pregnancy-related hypertension complications

Kaiser Permanente research suggests blood pressure patterns seen during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy may offer critical clues to identify the patients most likely to develop high blood pressure complications later in their pregnancies.
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Racial and ethnic disparities in COVID-19 infections are not explained by social risk factors

New Kaiser Permanente study suggests working and living conditions may be key contributors to disproportionate impact of COVID-19 in communities of color.
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Online quiz can help parents assess if their teen has a substance use problem

An analysis by Kaiser Permanente researchers suggests there may be clues in a child’s medical history about their risk for a substance use problem. The investigators used that research and input from parents to develop a free online risk prediction tool that anyone can use.
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Benefit of dialysis unclear for older people with chronic kidney disease and heart failure

Kaiser Permanente study highlights the need for more research on the best patient-centered care for people managing both conditions.
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Filling in evidence gaps about preventive care

A new report from a consensus committee headed by Kaiser Permanente Division of Research Director Tracy Lieu, MD, MPH, for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM), makes recommendations to accelerate the research needed to fill evidence gaps for clinical preventive services.
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