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2015 Annual Report

2015 Annual Report

Kaiser Permanente research fuels smarter medicine

The Department of Research & Evaluation’s 2015 Annual Report details through stories and statistics how the connections between research and clinical practice result in smarter medicine at Kaiser Permanente.

“Kaiser Permanente’s approach to evidence-based medicine is about finding smarter ways to practice medicine,” wrote Senior Director of Research Steven J. Jacobsen, MD, PhD, in the report’s introduction. “Our research studies span the full spectrum of care, from prevention to treatment and beyond.”

Our work in Kaiser Permanente Southern California emphasizes research that can directly improve patient care. The 2015 Annual Report focuses on how our research is leading to better medical care for the patients.

Stories in the Annual Report focus on how:
  • Vaccine research gives physicians confidence to recommend immunizations to vulnerable populations.
  • People who used an online tool closed care gaps at a higher rate than those who didn’t use it.
  • Centralizing the reading of eye scans helped identify patients with diabetic retinopathy.
  • Innovations in detection and treatment of lung nodules changed medicine.
  • Comparing the effectiveness of different surgical techniques and technologies drives improvements in surgical care.
  • Life after cancer is improved because of research.
  • Gestational diabetes could be related to autism.
  • A new grant will help fund the quest to reduce diagnostic errors.
It also provides overviews of our research program, funding, biographies of our investigators, and references to the 414 studies published in 2015.

Read the full report here.

Feature Stories from the 2015 Annual Report

Previous Annual Reports
AR 2014

2014 Annual Report

AR 2013

2013 Annual Report

AR 2012

2012 Annual Report

AR 2011

2011 Annual Report

AR 2010

2010 Annual Report

RH 2010

2010 Research Highlights