Category Archives: Internal

Kaiser Permanente improves emergency care for chest-pain patients

Emergency physicians at Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Southern California reduced hospital admissions and cardiac stress testing by using new criteria to assess the level of risk patients with chest pain have for subsequent cardiac events.

The emergency department assessment was implemented across Kaiser Permanente Southern California and has improved the quality and efficiency of care for these patients according to an article published today in Annals of Emergency Medicine.

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Kaiser Permanente co-hosts embedded research conference

Organizations like Kaiser Permanente can make continuous improvements in the quality, safety, and value of patient care and at the same time contribute to scientific knowledge nationally and internationally by embedding researchers in their health care systems.

This week, leaders in the movement toward learning health care systems will meet in Pasadena, Calif. to create a road map to grow and improve health system-based embedded research programs.

“One of the key features of this research is its goal of generating simultaneous benefits to the host health system as well as generalizable scientific knowledge,” said Brian Mittman,

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Which weight loss surgery is best?

Deciding to have weight-loss surgery is tough enough, but then you have to choose between several procedures -- each with different risks and potential weight loss.

Deciding to have weight-loss surgery is tough enough, but then you have to choose between several procedures — each with different risks and potential weight loss.

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Study examines how ethnicity affects breast-cancer treatment

When women are diagnosed with breast cancer, several factors can impact how they're treated.

In a large, local study researchers with Kaiser Permanente took a closer look at how a woman's ethnicity may play a role in her treatment.

When women are diagnosed with breast cancer, several factors can impact how they’re treated.

In a large, local study researchers with Kaiser Permanente took a closer look at how a woman’s ethnicity may play a role in her treatment.

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Mom’s diabetes could influence whether her child develops ADHD

After previously finding strong associations between a mother’s diabetes and her child’s risk of developing autism, Anny Xiang, PhD, a researcher with the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Department of Research & Evaluation, decided to expand her work and look at other neurological development disorders.

In a research article released today in Diabetes Care, she targeted attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, commonly known as ADHD. She discovered that the severity of a mother’s diabetes during pregnancy was associated with the risk of her child developing ADHD.

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Five questions for Reina Haque

Reina Haque, PhD, MPH, focuses on cancer epidemiology and survivorship at the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Department of Research & Evaluation. Her latest study, published recently  in Ethnicity & Disease examined the risk of breast cancer recurrence in a diverse group of women who received care at Kaiser Permanente.

Reina Haque, PhD, MPH, focuses on cancer epidemiology and survivorship at the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Department of Research & Evaluation. Her latest study, published recently  in Ethnicity & Disease examined the risk of breast cancer recurrence in a diverse group of women who received care at Kaiser Permanente.

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A career devoted to research for women and children

Jean M. Lawrence, ScD, MPH, MSSA, was a co-author on research that published Tuesday in JAMA that found that mothers with elevated blood glucose during pregnancy – even if not high enough to meet the traditional definition of gestational diabetes – were significantly more likely to have developed type 2 diabetes a decade after pregnancy than their counterparts without high blood glucose.

 

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