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GHRI in the Media

 

News media often cover Group Health research.
Here are selected mentions.

 

KIRO 7's Angela Russell (left) interviews GHRI's Paula Lozano, MD, MPH, in our Seattle offices.

2014

Nov. 1–30

Tradeoffs found for bypass vs. banding bariatric surgery

Read news release.

David Arterburn, MD, MPH, was interviewed about an HMO Research Network study in JAMA Surgery that he led. It showed compared to banding, bypass resulted in much greater weight loss and fewer reoperations—but more short-term complications:

Nurse navigators may aid colon cancer screening follow-up

Read news release.

Beverly B. Green, MD, MPH, found Group Health patients receiving positive results from initial colon cancer screenings were more likely to follow up with a colonoscopy when given access to a nurse care coordinator:

How can radiologists detect breast cancer more accurately?

Read news release.

Diana Buist, PhD, was interviewed about a Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium study in Radiology that she led. It suggests having radiologists do diagnostic workups of some of their own recalled cases can help improve accuracy:

Flu season never ends for Group Health researchers

Read feature story.

Michael L. Jackson, PhD, MPH, wrote a Lancet Infectious Diseases commentary and was quoted about flu vaccine effectiveness in the elderly:

Health services and economics

Team-based care and integrated care were in the news:

Chronic illness management

As validated in diabetes type 2 patients at Group Health by Wayne Katon, MD, and others, microvascular disease, diabetic foot, stroke, heart disease, acute metabolic events, depression, age, and education predict dementia most strongly:

Health informatics

Group Health researchers including Rebecca Hubbard, PhD, caution that screening analyses using electronic health record data need to be refined to reduce the risk of bias and prevent "spurious" findings:


Oct. 1–31

Healthy living

Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, and Paula Lozano, MD, MPH, were interviewed by Angela Russell in a 30-minute special on new ways people are building a healthier future; and Dr. Lozano was mentioned in a newspaper piece on children’s physical activity:

Group Health establishes major initiative to prevent opioid abuse and overdose

Read news release.

Michael Von Korff, ScD, was prominently featured in this “Fault Lines” documentary, interviewed by correspondent Sebastian Walker about long-term prescribing of opioid drugs for chronic noncancer pain. And the documentary got some media coverage:

Tradeoffs found for bypass vs. banding bariatric surgery

Read news release.

David Arterburn, MD, MPH, was interviewed about an HMO Research Network study in JAMA Surgery that he led. It showed compared to banding, bypass resulted in much greater weight loss and fewer reoperations—but more short-term complications:

How well does bariatric surgery work?

Read news release.

In reviews in The BMJ, JAMA, and JAMA Surgery, David Arterburn, MD, MPH, has recently weighed the evidence on the benefits and risks of the various types of bariatric surgery:

How can radiologists detect breast cancer more accurately?

Read news release.

Diana Buist, PhD, was interviewed about a Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium study in Radiology that she led. It suggests having radiologists do diagnostic workups of some of their own recalled cases can help improve accuracy:

Screening with tomosynthesis and mammography is cost-effective

Read news release.

Diana Miglioretti, PhD, and Constance Lehman, MD, PhD, coauthored a Radiology paper covered in the media. It showed that adding tomosynthesis to biennial digital mammography screening for women with dense breasts is likely to improve breast cancer detection at a reasonable cost:

Medical Care special issue features Safety Net Medical Home Initiative

Read news release.

A Medical Care supplement presented progress and lessons from the Safety Net Medical Home Initiative, the largest and most rigorous initiative to spread this model of care to safety net practices. A team from Group Health’s MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation co-led the initiative with Qualis Health, funded by The Commonwealth Fund:

Medical home pays off, improving primary care and cutting cost at 2 years

Read news release.

When the patient-centered medical home model of primary care is discussed, the work of Robert Reid, MD, PhD, is mentioned:

JAMA findings reveal vaccine approach to fight pandemic bird flu

Read news release.

Lisa Jackson, MD, co-authored a JAMA article from the Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Units showing that a vaccine that protects against an old strain of bird flu primes the immune system to mount a rapid response when a vaccine designed to protect against a new strain is given a year later:

Mental health

Greg Simon, MD, MPH, will lead a study of 20,000 patients in the Mental Health Research Network to learn more about how to treat people experiencing suicidal thoughts:

Healthy communities

Ian Maki, MPH, and Lauren Baba, MPH, of Group Health’s Center for Community Health and Evaluation (CCHE), organized GHRI staff and University of Washington School of Public Health student volunteer staff to survey patients at the Seattle/King County Clinic with Remote Area Medical:

Recently using some birth control pills may raise breast cancer risk

Read news release.

Diana Buist, PhD, co-authored a study listed as one of this year’s 11 most important breast cancer findings: Women who recently used birth control pills containing high-dose estrogen and a few other formulations had an increased risk for breast cancer:

Women’s health

Katherine Newton, PhD, commented on estradiol absorption; Gina Sucato, MD, was interviewed about hormonal implants or intrauterine devices for sexually active teens; and Kathleen Leppig, MD, was interviewed about widespread genetic testing of women for breast cancer risk:

Reducing care that doesn’t improve health

Read feature story.

On radio and in a magazine, respectively, Matt Handley, MD, and Kim Riddell, MD, were interviewed about reducing low-value care:


Sept. 1–30

Reducing care that doesn't improve health

Read feature story.
Diana Buist, PhD, MPH, and Matt Handley, MD, were quoted about Choosing Wisely and reducing low-value care:


Flu season never ends for Group Health researchers

Read feature story.
Lisa Jackson, MD, MPH, was quoted about nasal sprays and high-dose flu vaccines:

‘Glad you’re listening’: SIMBA study brings patients’ voices to the fore

Read feature story.

Karen Wernli, PhD, was interviewed about engaging patients to help design research projects:


Collaborative care improves depression in teens

Read news release.

Depression outcomes after a year were better for teens with collaborative care than with usual care, according to a joint Seattle Children’s, Group Health, and University of Washington study in JAMA by authors including Laura Richardson, MD, MPH; Evette Ludman, PhD; Jeff Lindenbaum, MD; and Wayne Katon, MD:


Start with ultrasound, not CT scan, to detect kidney stones

Read news story.

Diana Miglioretti, PhD, was part of the multi-center team that reported in the New England Journal of Medicine that ultrasound was as good as CT scanning for initial diagnosis of kidney stones:

 

How well does bariatric surgery work?

Read news release.

In an August 27 state-of-the-art review in The BMJ and a September 3 editorial in JAMA, David Arterburn, MD, MPH, weighed the evidence on the benefits and risks of the various types of bariatric surgery:


Aug. 1–31 

Group Health establishes major initiative to prevent opioid abuse and overdose

Read news release.

In interviews with prominent media outlets, Michael Von Korff, ScD, continued to weigh in on the discussion over national trends in long-term prescribing of opioid drugs for chronic noncancer pain:


Collaborative care improves depression in teens

 
Depression outcomes after a year were better for teens with collaborative care than with usual care, according to a joint Seattle Children’s, Group Health, and University of Washington study in JAMA by authors including Laura Richardson, MD, MPH; Evette Ludman, PhD; Jeff Lindenbaum, MD; and Wayne Katon, MD:

Recently using some birth control pills may raise breast cancer risk


Diana Buist, PhD, MPH, and Susan Reed, MD, MPH, found women who recently used birth control pills containing high-dose estrogen and a few other formulations had an increased risk for breast cancer, whereas those using some other formulations did not:

CCHE studies health impact assessments around the country

Read story.


Diana Charbonneau, MA; Carol Cahill, MLS;
and Emily Bourcier, MPH, MHA, studied what can make health impact assessments more likely to succeed:


Why aren’t pregnant women getting flu vaccine?

Read story.
 

Both mother and fetus are at increased risk for complications of flu infection during pregnancy. Prenatal care providers say they’re advising women to get the flu vaccine, but many pregnant women opt out, according to Robert Arao, MPH:


Introducing decision aids may lower surgery for arthritis

 

David Arterburn, MD, MPH, was interviewed about shared decision making:


Domestic violence

Amy Bonomi, PhD, wrote about traumatic brain injuries of abused intimate partners of professional sports players:

Amy Bonomi, PhD, and Melissa Anderson, MS, found readers of Fifty Shades of Grey were more likely to experience intimate partner violence:


Cancer

Group Health and National Cancer Institute researchers explored obstacles and facilitators of high-quality cancer care:


Health Informatics

Group Health was represented at the Health IT Summit in Seattle August 19-20:

 


July 1–31

Recently using some birth control pills may raise breast cancer risk

 

Diana Buist, PhD, MPH, and Susan Reed, MD, MPH, found women who recently used birth control pills containing high-dose estrogen and a few other formulations had an increased risk for breast cancer, whereas those using some other formulations did not:


Mental Health

Gregory Simon, PhD, was interviewed about depression and suicide:


Breast cancer screening

When radiologists do the diagnostic workup on the screening mammograms that they have recalled, they read screening mammograms with higher sensitivity and cancer detection rate—but also with more false positives, according to Diana Buist, PhD, MPH; Diana Miglioretti, PhD; and Melissa Anderson, MS:

The U.S. transition to digital breast cancer screening has raised screening mammography costs for possibly small or no health gains, resulting in screening mammography being less cost-efficient than in the past, according to Rebecca Hubbard, PhD:


Safety Net Medical Home Initiative

The AHRQ Innovations Exchange now includes the Safety Net Medical Home Initiative: Resources and Tools (Qualis & MacColl):


Introducing decision aids may lower surgery for arthritis

 

Apart from Dartmouth–Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire, Group Health Cooperative in Seattle, and a few comprehensive cancer care centers, U.S. adoption of patient decision aids—valuable educational materials that explain patients’ options—has been spotty:


Medical home pays off, improving primary care and cutting cost at 2 years

 

Robert Reid, MD, PhD, found transforming primary care into a “patient-centered medical home” model paid off at Group Health:

Health services & economics How use of telephone calls, secure messaging, and in-person visits by adults with diabetes changed as Group Health’s primary care clinics implemented the patient-centered medical home:


Group Health establishes major initiative to prevent opioid abuse and overdose

 

In interviews with prominent media outlets, Michael Von Korff, ScD, continued to weigh in on the debate over national trends in long-term prescribing of opioid drugs for chronic noncancer pain:


Behavior Change

Jennifer McClure, PhD, commented on zero-tolerance employment smoking bans.


Dementia risk tied to blood sugar level, even with no diabetes

 

Kudos continue for this Group Health–UW study led by Paul Crane, MD, MPH, and Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH—including as one of the year’s top NIH-funded papers in Alzheimer’s disease; and one of the top-10 papers for endocrinology:


Health Informatics

James Ralston, MD, MPH, found Group Health physicians could better manage insulin-dependent patients when both the patients and the clinicians understood how daily activity patterns, family dynamics and eating preferences disrupted or supported an insulin routine:


Vaccines & Infectious Diseases

Outpatient clinics may have underprescribed antiviral medications—and overprescribed antibiotics—for patients with flu, according to Lisa Jackson, MD, MPH, and Michael Jackson, PhD:

 


June 1–30

Group Health establishes major initiative to prevent opioid abuse and overdose

 

In interviews with prominent media outlets, Michael Von Korff, ScD, weighed in on the debate over national trends in long-term prescribing of opioid drugs for chronic noncancer pain.


How to prevent disparities in colon cancer screening

 

People living in poverty are less likely to be screened for colorectal cancer—and more likely to develop the disease and die from it. Mailing a stool test promises to help end these disparities, wrote Beverly Green, MD, MPH, and a Kaiser Permanente colleague in JAMA Internal Medicine:


Families like practical wellness program—and lose weight

 

Many children are obese these days, but what can be done about it? Group Health tested behavioral treatment for obesity in a real-world setting. Paula Lozano, MD, MPH, reported on the Family Wellness Program, which showed it was feasible and acceptable to give behavioral treatment to groups of families in primary care:


FDA warnings on antidepressants may have backfired

Read story.
 

The Food and Drug Administration’s warnings in 2003, 2004, and 2007 appear to have led to unintended consequences. Changes in antidepressant use may have led to more teen suicide attempts, according to a BMJ study whose co-authors included Greg Simon, MD, MPH, and Rob Penfold, PhD:


Medical home adds value beyond electronic health record

 

In the Annals of Internal Medicine, Robert Reid, MD, PhD, and Michael Parchman, MD, MPH, noted that electronic health records alone may be insufficient to account for care improvement that medical homes achieve:


Medical home pays off, improving primary care and cutting cost at 2 years

 

Robert Reid, MD, PhD, found transforming primary care into a “patient-centered medical home” model paid off at Group Health:


Health Informatics

James Ralston, MD, MPH; Matt Handley, MD; and Joann Elmore, MD, MPH, were interviewed about new ways to track personal health records give patients more control over their health care picture: 

Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, spoke at the AHIP Institute Data Analytics Forum in Seattle. Interoperability. He said that interoperability will improve research and population health in addition to patient care, and systems must be able to share data:


Health Services & Economics

Group Health’s work on Choosing Wisely is mentioned: 

The essay by Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, in the last issue of this newsletter was reprinted:


High-risk women get breast MRI—but room remains for improvement; national BCSC study led by Group Health in JAMA Internal Medicine

 

This National Cancer Institute publication highlighted a variety of Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium projects including this one by Karen Wernli, PhD:

 


May 1–31

Newer medications help problem drinkers

Read story.
 

Katharine Bradley, MD, MPH, was widely interviewed about her Annals of Internal Medicine editorial on effective medications for alcohol use disorders:


Women’s Health Initiative reports $37.1B economic return on combined hormone therapy clinical trial

 

Joshua Roth, PhD, first-authored an Annals of Internal Medicine analysis concluding that large, prospective trials with high potential for public health effects can give big returns on investment


Back pain: Research on new Group Health guidelines will shine light on changing systems of care

Read story.
 

Daniel Cherkin, PhD, was interviewed about back pain and overtreatment:


Obesity research: Creating healthier families and neighborhoods

Read story.
 

Paula Lozano, MD, MPH, was interviewed about less recess at school—and childhood obesity:


What characteristics make up effective patient engagement?

Read story.
 

Paula Lozano, MD, MPH, was interviewed about patient engagement:


Introducing decision aids may lower surgery for arthritis

 

David Arterburn, MD, MPH, was interviewed about shared decision making:


Dementia risk tied to blood sugar level, even with no diabetes

Coverage continues of this Group Health–UW study led by Paul Crane, MD, MPH, and Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, which has been featured in more than 450 outlets:


Behavior Change

Jennifer McClure, PhD, commented on e-cigarettes.


Incentives studied to align care, coverage, and wellness

 

Medication Use & Patient Safety

 


April 1–30

Medical home pays off, improving primary care and cutting cost at 2 years

 

Robert Reid, MD, PhD, explored changes in the outpatient care of patients with treated hypertension after a primary-care redesign was spread throughout Group Health:


Chronic Illness Management


Health Services & Economics

Quotes David Grossman, MD, MPH, on the Washington Health Alliance:


LEAP: The Primary Care Team: Learning from Effective Ambulatory Practices

Read about LEAP.
 

Alternative Approaches to Healing

Cites Karen Sherman, PhD:

 


March 5–31

Health Informatics


Adequate doses of massage treatment necessary for relief of neck pain

Karen Sherman, PhD, MPH, found that two or three one-hour massage sessions a week reduced neck pain and improved functioning.


Two spine surgeons are three times safer than one

 

Rajiv K. Sethi, MD, led the effort to improve the safety of surgery for spine deformities like scoliosis and kyphosis with Group Health and Virginia Mason colleagues:


New online care from dietitians helps control weight

 

Beverly Green, MD, MPH, led the e-Care for Heart Wellness study in which Group Health patients who were overweight and had hypertension had secure online access to a dietitian: “like a dietitian in your pocket”:


Epidemic of E. coli infections traced to one strain

 

Group Health patients, Delia Scholes, PhD, and Kim Riddell, MD, were involved in the finding that virulent, drug-resistant forms of Escherichia coli that have recently spread around the world emerged from a single strain of the bacteria:


Medical home pays off, improving primary care and cutting cost at 2 years

 

Robert Reid, MD, PhD, explored changes in the outpatient care of patients with treated hypertension after a primary-care redesign was spread throughout Group Health:


Health Services & Economics

Edward Wagner, MD, MPH, will speak at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Summit:


Cancer

An article coauthored by Elizabeth Loggers, MD, PhD, was covered:


Mental Health

Jennifer McClure, PhD, was quoted:

Colleen McBride, PhD, who did research as a postdoc at Group Health, joins Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health as the Rollins professor and chair in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education.


Alternative Approaches to Healing


Chronic Illness Care


Obesity

 


January 23–March 4 

Team care of chronic diseases seems cost-effective

 

Team-based care (TEAMcare) for people with depression and either diabetes, heart disease, or both appears at least to pay for itself:


New online care from dietitians helps control weight

 

Beverly Green, MD, MPH, led the e-Care for Heart Wellness study in which Group Health patients who were overweight and had hypertension had secure online access to a dietitian: “like a dietitian in your pocket”:


Mailing free tests to patients’ homes boosts colon cancer screening rates

 

Beverly Green, MD, MPH, co-wrote a study showing colon cancer screening rates increased by nearly 40 percent when free stool tests were mailed to patients’ homes:


Hypertensive patients’ specialty use changed with medical home

 

Robert Reid, MD, PhD, explored changes in the outpatient care of patients with treated hypertension after a primary-care redesign was spread throughout Group Health:


How SCCA implemented Washington’s Death with Dignity Act

 

Elizabeth Loggers, MD, PhD, of Group Health, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), described how SCCA implemented Washington state’s Death with Dignity Act:


Group Health honored with four awards

Elizabeth Loggers, MD, PhD, was honored with one of the four 2014 Leaders in Health Care Awards that Group Health received, which also included research collaborators, Claire Trescott, MD; Sean Adelman, MD; and Group Health Foundation:


Women’s Health

Katherine Newton, PhD, studied women at Group Health and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care to see how best to help them to quit taking hormone therapy without menopause symptoms recurring:


Domestic violence

Melissa Anderson, MS, and Amy Bonomi, PhD, found that women are more likely to experience repeat abuse by their male partners if a weapon is used in the initial abuse incident:


Alternative Approaches to Healing

Dan Cherkin, PhD, studied patients’ experience of complementary and alternative medicine treatments for back pain:


Latino health

 

Leo Morales, MD, PhD, is a leader of the inaugural conference on Latino Health Research, Practice, and Policy: Identifying our Strengths and Growing our Collaborations:


Dementia risk tied to blood sugar level, even with no diabetes

 

Coverage continues of this Group Health–UW study led by Paul Crane, MD, MPH, and Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, which has been featured in more than 450 outlets:


JAMA commentary: Empathy is part of the healing process

 

Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, co-wrote an article exploring how treatment outcomes are better when doctors show more empathy and take the time to make sure patients understand what’s going on:


Aging & Geriatrics

Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, is quoted on the failure of once-promising drugs to improve Alzheimer patient cognition:


Research methods

Eric Larson, MD, MPH, helped write this user’s guide about single-patient trials:

  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Effective Health Care Program, Feb 12, 2014
    Design and Implementation of N-of-1 Trials: A User’s Guide

Patients feel more control of their health when doctors share notes

 

James Ralston, MD, MPH, found that patients feel more in control of their health when they have access to doctors’ notes:


Health Informatics

A health information exchange collaborative founded by five leading health care organizations, including Group Health, announced the addition of its new member, OCHIN, Inc.:


Medical home pays off, improving primary care and cutting cost at 2 years

 

Robert Reid, MD, PhD, found transforming primary care into a “patient-centered medical home” model paid off at Group Health:

 

January 1–22 

Chronic Illness Management

Ed Wagner, MD, MPH, is interviewed about the Chronic Care Model, with emphasis on careful monitoring, teaching patients self-management skills, and engaging and activating them: 

A profile of Margaret Flinter, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation scholar and leading advocate of nurse practitioners in primary care, hails the work of Group Health’s MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation in increasing effectiveness, access, outcomes, and provider and consumer satisfaction with primary care:


Dementia risk tied to blood sugar level, even with no diabetes

 

Coverage continues of this Group Health–UW study led by Paul Crane, MD, MPH, and Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, which has been featured in more than 450 outlets:


High-risk women get breast MRI—but room remains for improvement

 

Karen Wernli, PhD, reported in JAMA Internal Medicine with the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium (BCSC) about how breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is being used across the United States, including at Group Health:

This outlet features other recent BCSC findings as well as Dr. Wernli’s:


Health Informatics

Group Health patients who have completed their online Health Profile risk assessment tend to be middle-aged women with a recent well-care visit and fewer comorbid conditions, according to Diana Buist, PhD, and colleagues.They concluded that health systems need more outreach and engagement strategies to encourage target populations to use the assessments: 


Vaccines & Infectious Diseases

Michael Jackson, PhD, used the Group Health immunization registry as a benchmark to evaluate the completeness and accuracy of statewide data: 


Group Health approved for funding awards by PCORI

 

GHRI research teams have been approved for funding awards by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study opioid therapy and asthma—and to help expand a health data network that will be part of PCORnet: the National Patient-Centered National Clinical Research Network: