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.

Neighborhood green space tied to lower health care costs

New Kaiser Permanente research finds health care system costs were lower for people who live in greener areas.
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Exercise and diet key in new, updated guideline for cancer survivors

Kaiser Permanente research scientists Lawrence H. Kushi, ScD, and Bette Caan, DrPH, contribute to new American Cancer Society survivorship guideline.
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Mammography can offer clues to a woman’s heart health

Kaiser Permanente research ties the presence of breast arterial calcification seen on screening mammography to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
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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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