Discussion about learning health care systems—those which embed learning and quality improvement within care delivery—has intensified over the past few years. But what does one look like in a real-world setting? And where does research fit in?
The 2018 Department of Research & Evaluation Annual Report illustrates how research at Kaiser Permanente Southern California contributes to a continual cycle of improvement, powered by inquiry, investigation, and implementation.
The cycle of improvement begins with inquiry—asking a question. If a mother has elevated blood sugar during pregnancy, what are the health risks for her child? How might we identify patients who need help addressing social needs, from food and housing to social support? What strategies are effective in reducing opioid prescription?
Answers to these questions come through rigorous investigation, which fills in missing information and generates new evidence. Our scientists and physician researchers were involved in more than 1,400 active studies in 2018, and published more than 400 original research papers.
A small sample of these studies and their findings are highlighted in the 2018 Annual Report. Featured stories include:
- Maternal diabetes and risk for children
- Social needs
- Reducing heart disease
- Opioid addiction
- End-of-life care
- Infectious disease and Valley Fever
Read the full report here.
Download previous reports and feature stories
- 2017 Annual Report
- Targeting outreach to reduce lead levels in children
- Using real-world evidence to inform decision-makers about vaccine effectiveness
- Creating better ways to determine hypertension in children and exploring disparities in hypertension
- Producing real-world evidence from our cancer clinical trials
- Finding solutions to real-world clinical problems is what fuels our biostatisticians
- Developing decision-support tools that allow physicians in easily determine risk
- 2016 Annual Report
- 2015 Annual Report
- 2014 Annual Report
- 2013 Annual Report