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.

Heart disease and stroke deaths up during first year of COVID-19 pandemic

Kaiser Permanente study finds reversal of prior national trends and widening racial disparities for Black, Latino, and Asian adults.
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Coronavirus may double severe complications in pregnancy

A Kaiser Permanente analysis of pregnant patients who tested positive for the coronavirus found more than double the risk of poor outcomes including preterm birth, venous thromboembolism (blood clot), and severe maternal morbidity, which includes conditions such as acute respiratory distress syndrome and sepsis.
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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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