Health Equity studies

We conduct a broad range of research in racial and ethnic health equity to help ensure equal and better care for our members. Studies have focused on learning the sources of disparities in health outcomes, assessing inequities in cancer screening, treatment, and outcomes, and assessing leadership efforts to improve care and services for patients with diverse backgrounds and language needs.

Assessing Treatment Patterns and Quality Gaps in Non-Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer Care

The goal of this study was to understand reasons for the use/non-use of intravesical chemotherapy or immunotherapy following the initial bladder tumor resection among patients with bladder cancer.

Principal Investigator:

Kim N. Danforth, ScD, MPH

Funding Source:

Kaiser Permanente, Southern California

Funding Years:

2013 - 2014

Effectiveness of Gastric Sleeve vs. Gastric Bypass for Cardiovascular Disease (ENGAGE-CVD)

This study will include only bariatric surgery patients from Kaiser Permanente Southern California and is designed to achieve the following aims: 1) compare the effectiveness of vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) and Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (RYGB) in remission of risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and reduction in overall CVD risk using advanced statistical and econometric techniques.; 2) compare VSG and RYGB surgical safety using similar methods; and 3) understand the treatment effect heterogeneity in remission of CVD risk factors, reduction in overall CVD risk, and safety outcomes for patients with different racial/ethnic backgrounds, sexes, and disease burdens at the time of surgery.

Principal Investigator:

Karen J. Coleman, PhD, MS

Funding Source:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Funding Years:

2016 - 2020