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National Diabetes Trial Gets Big Boost from KP Center for Health Research


National Diabetes Trial Gets Big Boost from KP Center for Health Research

Photo: A GRADE participant chats with Bryan Kauffman, RN, Clinical Research Specialist.

On the NIDDK’s Glycemia Reduction Approaches in Diabetes study, CHR shines as a top-performing recruitment site 

While the last few years have seen a promising decline in the number of newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) cases in the United States, the disease remains one of our most widespread public health problems, afflicting about 22 million people. People with T2DM face a host of challenges, including higher risk of long-term complications such as retinopathy, renal failure, cardiovascular disease, and amputation.

Living with Colorectal Cancer—for One Day


Living with Colorectal Cancer—for One Day

As part of the #ColorectalCancer1Day project, I spent a day in close contact with a cancer patient—learning from her, sharing stories, and reflecting on my own experience as a cancer survivor.

By Ginger Hanson, PhD

Monday started out like any other work day, but as I sat down and fired up my computer I heard the familiar “ding, ding” of my smartphone alerting me that I had a text. A small flurry of text notifications followed. I picked up my phone to see what the commotion was about—and then remembered that this was my day to be a “learner” in #ColorectalCancer1Day, a patient empathy experience conducted by an online community called Smart Patients.

Dual Efforts to Reduce Disparities in Breast Cancer Screening


Dual Efforts to Reduce Disparities in Breast Cancer Screening

CHR and KP Community Benefit work toward greater health equity for the Latino community

Maria Lopez Cruz found a lump in her breast, but waited five months before seeing a doctor. When she finally got in for a mammogram, she was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer, which means the cancer had already spread beyond her breast into her lymph nodes.

Improving Care in the Intensive Care Unit


Improving Care in the Intensive Care Unit

New Tool Gives Hospitals an Objective Way to Measure Quality

Millions of patients spend time in the hospital ICU each year being treated for pain, discomfort and shortness of breath. These patients also receive psychosocial and spiritual support, assistance with discussions involving family members and friends, and help with advance directives and end-of-life decisions. This treatment is often referred to as palliative care.

Father's Experiences Inspire Researcher to Reduce Health Disparities


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.”

 

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