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As a research center embedded within Kaiser Permanente’s large and dynamic health care system, our investigators have a unique opportunity to apply scientific expertise to real-world clinical problems, translate findings into practice, and share what we learn with the broader community.

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Matthew T. Mefford, PhD
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Division of Epidemiologic Research
626-564-5950
Matthew.T.Mefford@kp.org

Dr. Matthew Mefford is a cardiovascular disease epidemiologist and post-doctoral research fellow for the Department of Research & Evaluation. His research focuses on treatment patterns, adherence and effectiveness, health disparities, and cardiovascular disease outcomes. He also has a broad focus in the application of epidemiologic methods to answer various research questions.

Before joining Kaiser Permanente Southern California in 2019, Dr. Mefford received his PhD in epidemiology ...

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Declines in heart attacks greater among men than women

In a study published in the American Heart Association scientific journal Circulation, Kaiser Permanente research scientists report a steady decline in heart attacks for both men and women enrolled in the health system from 2000 to 2014, although that rate of decline slowed among women in the last 5 years of the study. “The study ...

New research sheds light on shingles

If you have a normal immune system, your chance of being hospitalized for complications of herpes zoster — also known as shingles — or dying from it, is small, according to new Kaiser Permanente research. The research, published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases, provides an expanded understanding of shingles — a sometimes fatal virus characterized ...

Resident research improves patient care

Over recent years, patient care at Kaiser Permanente Southern California has improved in many ways due to what might be considered an unlikely source: our residents’ research. In the Pediatrics Department at the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, resident research has led to better booking of follow-up appointments and fewer unexpected intubations among newborns. ...

5 questions for … Dr. Steven Jacobsen

As the senior director of research for Kaiser Permanente in Southern California, Steven Jacobsen, MD, PhD, leads dedicated scientists and clinicians who use information collected during doctor and hospital visits to determine what really works — and what doesn’t work — in health care. They then use those findings to improve health and health care ...

Declines in heart attacks greater among men than women

In a study published in the American Heart Association scientific journal Circulation, Kaiser Permanente research scientists report a steady decline in heart attacks for both men and women enrolled in the health system from 2000 to 2014, although that rate of decline slowed among women in the last 5 years of the study. “The study ...

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Health Services Research & Implementation Science

Our health services researchers bring together scientific and clinical expertise to find better ways to improve care.

Investigators with the Division of Health Services Research & Implementation Science study how care is delivered, identify opportunities for care improvement, and implement new approaches for organizing and delivering health services. The division brings together scientists with diverse expertise and training, including emergency medicine, epidemiology, health services research, implementation science, internal medicine, nursing, pharmaceutical economics, and pulmonology.

The division is home to the Care Improvement Research Team, a research team embedded within Kaiser Permanente Southern California’s quality improvement ecosystem. The team works closely with clinical and operational partners at Kaiser Permanente Southern California to identify, prioritize, and solve problems related to quality and affordability. Its goal is to reduce unnecessary practice variation, improve affordability, and transform care.