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Yearly News Archives: 2021

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  • 5 questions for … Dr. Erin Hahn

    June 28, 2021

    Erin E. Hahn, PHD, MPH, is a health services researcher and implementation scientist. Her primary research interests are quality of care in oncology and the implementation of evidence-informed practices. She is particularly interested in the care of cancer survivors after their initial cancer treatment. Dr. Hahn joined the Department of Research & Evaluation as the

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  • Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center to study experimental stroke drug

    June 4, 2021

    Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center will conduct a multi-centered, randomized, Phase 3 research study to learn if the experimental drug recombinant Factor VIIa (rFVIIA), a protein that our body makes, can be used to decrease bleeding in the brain of patients who suffer sudden bleeding in the brain, also called intracerebral hemorrhage. The study

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  • Marking Clinical Trials Day 2021 with gratitude

    May 20, 2021

    On this day—May 20, 2021, aka Clinical Trials Day—we have more reasons than ever to celebrate the Kaiser Permanente Southern California clinical trials team. We began our COVID-19 clinical trials research with the remdesivir trial in March 2020. We were a top enroller in that study. Since then, our clinical trials program has participated in

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  • Researchers share findings at HCSRN conference

    May 19, 2021

    Kaiser Permanente Southern California’s Department of Research & Evaluation participated in the Health Care Systems Research Network annual conference on May 11 and 12. The conference, “Looking Forward and Embracing Change—Preparedness for the Future During Uncertain Times,”  was held virtually this year after being cancelled in 2020. Over the course of the 2 days, Research

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  • Kaiser Permanente members have higher survival rate after cancer diagnosis

    May 14, 2021

    Among insured cancer patients in Southern California, those who were diagnosed and treated at Kaiser Permanente, an integrated health care organization, had better survival rates, especially Black and Latinx patients, according to Kaiser Permanente research published in The American Journal of Managed Care. “Kaiser Permanente is committed to finding and addressing health care inequities,” said

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  • COVID-19 outcomes are more severe for people of color

    May 4, 2021

    A new Kaiser Permanente study published in Annals of Internal Medicine found that people of color were more likely to be hospitalized and to receive intensive-level care for COVID-19 compared to white patients even after adjusting for known health risk factors such as obesity, diabetes, and other conditions The study was among the first to show that these

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  • Five questions for … Dr. Ana Florea

    May 4, 2021

    Ana Florea, PhD, MPH, is an epidemiologist and post-doctoral research fellow with the Department of Research & Evaluation at Kaiser Permanente Southern California. She has special interests in vaccine safety and effectiveness, infectious diseases, cancer, and chronic kidney diseases. Currently, she is involved in projects studying shingles and Tdap vaccines. She works on projects involving

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  • Child vaccination rates recovering since pandemic’s early days

    April 15, 2021

    The numbers of recommended vaccine doses, including measles vaccine, administered to children decreased dramatically after the declaration of a national state of emergency on March 13, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published in Pediatrics. While the decrease was lower and recovered in children under 2 years of age,

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  • Physical activity may reduce risk of poor COVID-19 outcomes

    April 14, 2021

    A Kaiser Permanente study of nearly 50,000 people with COVID-19 suggested that regular physical activity provided strong protection from hospitalization, intensive care unit admission, and death. Even exercising inconsistently lowered the odds for severe COVID-19 outcomes when compared to people who were not active at all. The study, led by investigators in Kaiser Permanente Southern

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  • Most patients’ end-of-life care wishes are met

    April 6, 2021

    The vast majority of patients make their end-of-life care wishes known to loved ones, and nearly 90% of the time those wishes were carried out according to Kaiser Permanente research published April 6, 2021, in the medical journal JAMA Network Open. “There is a common perception that people don’t often document or tell others about

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  • New CIRT research projects aim to improve care

    March 30, 2021

    The Care Improvement Research Team has awarded funds for 7 new research projects led by Southern California Permanente Medical Group scientists and physician researchers on COVID-19 and other health topics to help improve the care physicians provide for their patients. “This kind of research provides important new evidence to our frontline clinicians,” said Nancy Gin,

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  • 5 questions for … Dr. Shireen Fatemi

    March 30, 2021

    Shireen Fatemi, MD, FACE, FACP, is an endocrinologist at the Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center. She was recently named the 2020 Southern California Permanente Medical Group Physician Researcher of the Year. Dr. Fatemi is the chief of Endocrinology in the Department of Internal Medicine and former assistant area medical director at Panorama City. She

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  • Residents lead advances in understanding of “broken heart” syndrome

    March 29, 2021

    Research led by internal medicine residents at the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center has surfaced new insights into Takotsubo syndrome, a condition that closely resembles a heart attack. Most importantly, the findings link beta-blocker treatment with improved clinical outcomes. This project began in 2019, when residents Christopher Lau, MD, Sarah Chiu, MD, and Rohith

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  • Diabetic eye damage reflects future cardiovascular risks

    March 29, 2021

    People with type 2 diabetes may develop diabetic retinopathy, an eye condition that can lead to vision loss. Now, a study of over 77,000 Kaiser Permanente Southern California members shows that greater severity of diabetic retinopathy is strongly associated with a higher risk of heart attacks, strokes, congestive heart failure, and death from any cause.

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  • Pneumonia vaccine may affect course of COVID-19

    March 10, 2021

    One type of pneumonia vaccine, the PCV13 vaccine, may affect the course of COVID-19 for some older adult patients, new research shows. The Kaiser Permanente study was published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases. “Kaiser Permanente members who received the PCV13 vaccine appeared to be diagnosed with COVID-19 less often, and when they were, they

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  • Dr. Fatemi named 2020 Researcher of the Year

    March 9, 2021

    Shireen Fatemi, MD, FACE, FACP, an endocrinologist at Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center, has been named the 2020 Southern California Permanente Medical Group Researcher of the Year. The award has been given each year since 2007 to recognize a physician or surgeon for his or her outstanding contributions to the research community. Dr. Fatemi

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  • Scientists and physicians continue to research COVID-19 risks and outcomes

    March 3, 2021

    As the COVID-19 pandemic wears on, researchers and physicians at Kaiser Permanente Southern California are analyzing the data collected and lessons learned over the first year of the pandemic to find better ways to test, treat, and care for patients. On January 26, a few of the researchers and scientists shared their latest projects at

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  • Five questions for … Dr. Kristen Choi

    March 3, 2021

    Kristen Choi, PHD, MS, RN, is a child/adolescent psychiatric nurse and health services researcher who is also an adjunct investigator with the Department of Research & Evaluation. She is an assistant professor at the UCLA School of Nursing and associate director of nursing for the UCLA National Clinician Scholars Program. Dr. Choi studies health services

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  • Promoting heart health through research

    February 2, 2021

    Kaiser Permanente researcher seeks to reduce heart disease by finding better ways to prevent, detect, and treat high blood pressure, known as a “silent killer.” Epidemiologists are scientists who study patterns of diseases and health conditions in large populations. Early in her career as an epidemiologist, Kristi Reynolds, PhD, MPH, decided to focus on heart

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  • Self-order option boosts colorectal cancer screening rates

    January 21, 2021

    A study among Kaiser Permanente members in Southern California shows that allowing patients to self-order a colorectal cancer screening test online improves rates of testing completion. The rates of both completion and follow-up activities were higher among patients who ordered the tests themselves than those who received the test kit automatically in the mail when

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