Founded in 1964 with only a handful of employees, the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research has since grown to nearly 250 employees in two states. The Center started in a small basement office in Portland, Oregon and fifty years later is housed a few miles away in a large, stand-alone building on Kaiser Permanente’s Interstate medical campus. This brief video features highlights from a half-century of conducting health care research and looks ahead to the Center’s future.
Meet Katie, who has struggled with pain for most of her life. After participating in the Pain Program for Active Coping & Training, a study funded by the National Institutes of Health Common Fund, Katie now has the support and skills to take a more active role in managing her pain.
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.
Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the US, but it doesn't have to be. With early screening most cancers of the colon and rectum are preventable, yet one out of every three Americans isn't adequately screened for colon cancer. Among uninsured, low-income and ethnic minorities, screening rates are even lower.
The FIT or (fecal immunochemical test) is easy to use, can be done at home, and according to an evidence review published in the Annals of Internal Medicine will detect most colorectal cancers. The new research conducted by Kaiser Permanente finds that, on average, FIT will detect four out of five cancers, and will also correctly identify about 94 percent of people who don't have cancer.
A new online tool is helping people with depression improve their mood, change their thinking patterns and feel better over time. Developed by Greg Clarke, PhD, and colleagues at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, MoodHelper is based on proven cognitive behavioral therapy techniques. The program is not meant to replace in-person therapy, but to be used along with therapy and medication. MoodHelper has already shown promise in clinical trials and is being offered to all state employees in Oregon.
Report calls for improved care for patients who experience severe shortness of breath
Young children whose parents used an integrated personal health record were more likely to attend six or more of the nationally recommended well-child care visits by 15 months of age, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published today in The Journal of Pediatrics. Using any Web-enabled device, PHRs allow patients to view parts of their medical record, including immunizations and after-visit instructions, manage appointments, refill prescriptions, check lab results, and securely communicate with their health care providers.
Just going to the doctor increases the odds that you will decide to be screened for colon cancer. And what the doctor says during that visit can boost your odds of screening even more. That's according to a new Kaiser Permanente study published online in the American Journal of Managed Care. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States, with about 50,000 people dying each year from the disease.
The amount of Vitamin D in over-the-counter supplements can vary widely and often does not match the amount listed on the label. Those are the findings of a new Kaiser Permanente study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Because the vitamin industry remains largely unregulated study authors say consumers can't necessarily trust they are getting what they pay for.