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Involving Patients as Equal Partners in Research

Chronic pain affects more than 100 million Americans. That’s more than diabetes, cancer and heart disease combined. It’s the number one reason patients visit their primary care providers, sometimes with the expectation that those providers will have a quick cure or answer. But for most patients with chronic pain, that’s not the case. The pain can last several years or a lifetime, but as we learn in this video, patients who take an active role in their treatment can often return to normal activities and improve their quality of life. The study described in the video was funded by the non-profit Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

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Diabetes Patients Do Better After Surgery When Their Blood Sugar is Managed by Pharmacists

A pharmacy-led glycemic control program is linked to improved outcomes for surgical patients with diabetes and those who develop stress-induced hyperglycemia or high blood sugars as a result of surgery, according to a new Kaiser Permanente study published in the American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits.




Father's Experiences Inspire Researcher to Reduce Health Disparities

Gloria Coronado has a picture of her father taped to her office door. It was taken a few months before he died of bladder cancer in 2011.

“The day we took that picture was a good day,” says Gloria, a scientist at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland. “For the first time in months, he wanted to get outside. We went to the park and ate tacos.”

Nov 9 2015


Kids Say the Darndest Things: Now They're Talking About Colon Cancer

Most people can wait until they are 50 to take a colon cancer screening test, but you don't have to wait that long to start learning about the subject. These girls are still in elementary school and they're already talking about a new NIH Common Fund project that's boosting screening rates among uninsured and minority patients.