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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.

2015

July 1–31

Immune response to bird flu vaccine is boosted by adjuvants

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Lisa A. Jackson, MD, MPH, led a study published in JAMA showing which adjuvant compound works best to boost the effects of the bird flu vaccine. Through its Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit, Group Health is involved in the national effort to prepare for bird flu, in case it mutates to become more able to be transmitted from one person to the other:


New way to tackle vaccine hesitancy tested, found wanting

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Group Health Research Institute, WithinReach, Seattle Children’s, BestStart, and Wash. Dept. of Health partnered to conduct the first randomized trial to test an intervention aimed at improving hesitancy about early childhood vaccines by working directly with doctors. Lead author Nora Henrikson, PhD, was interviewed; and coauthor David C. Grossman, MD, MPH, wrote a piece for fellow pediatricians in Washington state:


Yoga vs. stretching: Which is better for low back pain?

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A review of the science of yoga calls Karen Sherman, PhD, “the leading researcher” on yoga for low back pain:


New PCORI-funded study welcomes patients to the drawing board

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Clarissa Hsu, PhDDan Delgado, MD, and a team of Group Health patients and staff set out to learn how best to connect patients with community resources that can support their health goals outside of the doctor’s office. Their pilot project, Learning to Integrate Neighborhoods and Clinical Care (LINCC), has created the role of community resources specialist to serve as the link between primary care and community resources at Group Health’s Rainier and Puyallup medical centers:


Implementing decision aids affects care decisions in urology

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David Arterburn, MD, MPH, found that after Group Health implemented video-based decision aids for men with two common prostate conditions, rates of elective surgery for benign prostatic hyperplasia and rates of active treatment for localized prostate cancer declined over six months:


GHRI teamwork leads to a Facebook suicide-prevention tool

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A new Facebook feature provides options for people whose friends are writing posts that suggest thoughts of self-harm:


Breast cancer screening

Diana Buist, PhD, chaired the planning committee for a comprehensive workshop, hosted by the Institute of Medicine's National Cancer Policy Forum and the American Cancer Society, on improving detection of breast cancer:


Higher dementia risk linked to more use of common drugs

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Media coverage continues for the link between increased risk for developing dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, and taking commonly used medications with anticholinergic effects at higher doses or for a longer time. Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, and Sascha Dublin, MD, PhD, reported this with University of Washington (UW) colleagues: 


Starting sleeping pills? Risk of car crash may double

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Coverage continues of a UW-Group Health study co-authored by Denise Boudreau, PhD; and David C. Grossman, MD, MPH, with UW colleagues. Linking sleeping pills to nearly twice as many car crashes in Group Health patients, the researchers advised clinicians to take precautions or try nondrug approaches to insomnia:


Older people can learn to spend less time sitting down

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Dori Rosenberg, PhD, led the TABS (Take a Break from Sitting) pilot study, which coached older people on ways to sit less:


June 1–30

New way to tackle vaccine hesitancy tested, found wanting

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Group Health Research Institute, WithinReach, Seattle Children’s, BestStart, and Wash. Dept. of Health partnered to conduct the first randomized trial to test an intervention aimed at improving hesitancy about early childhood vaccines by working directly with doctors. Authors include Nora Henrikson, PhD; David C. Grossman, MD, MPH; Douglas J. Opel, MD, MPH; John Dunn, MD, MPH; Jennifer Nelson, PhD; Lou Grothaus, MS; and Aaron Scrol, MA.


Older people can learn to spend less time sitting down

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Dori Rosenberg, PhD, led the TABS (Take a Break from Sitting) pilot study, which coached older people on ways to sit less. This coverage focused on a Group Health patient, Gerald Alexander:


SPH and CDC release mall walking guide

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Dori Rosenberg, PhD, and Christina Miyawaki, PhD, collaborated with colleagues at the University of Washington (UW) School of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on a guide to mall walking:


Starting sleeping pills? Risk of car crash may double

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A UW-Group Health study co-authored by Denise Boudreau, PhD; and David C. Grossman, MD, MPH, with UW colleagues, linked sleeping pills to nearly twice as many car crashes in Group Health patients. They advised clinicians to take precautions or try nondrug approaches to insomnia:


Higher dementia risk linked to more use of common drugs

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Media coverage continues for the link between increased risk for developing dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, and taking commonly used medications with anticholinergic effects at higher doses or for a longer time. Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, and Sascha Dublin, MD, PhD, reported this with University of Washington (UW) colleagues:


Coalition of leading health care organizations receive national grant to expand Choosing Wisely® program to eliminate wasteful and potentially harmful care

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The ABIM Foundation (with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) announced seven health care groups across the country were selected to get doctors to implement at least three Choosing Wisely® recommendations to cut low-value care. The Washington Health Alliance (with Group Health Cooperative and Swedish Health Services) are one of the seven recipients:


Community health

A study by GHRI’s Center for Community Health and Evaluation is mentioned:


May 1–31

Healthy Hearts Northwest helps small and mid-sized practices

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The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has funded GHRI’s MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation for three years to lead one of seven regional partnerships throughout the nation both to improve heart health among patients in primary care practices and to be better able to improve the quality of care they deliver:


Higher dementia risk linked to more use of common drugs

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Media coverage continues for the link between increased risk for developing dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, and taking commonly used medications with anticholinergic effects at higher doses or for a longer time. Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, and Sascha Dublin, MD, PhD, reported this with University of Washington (UW) colleagues:


Women with dense breasts may not need more screening

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A Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium study in the Annals of Internal Medicine reported that dense breasts aren't always a high risk for breast cancer, even though much legislation has jumped the gun and required radiologists to report breast density. Diana Miglioretti, PhD, and Connie Lehman, MD, PhD, were coauthors:


Alternative approaches to healing

Karen Sherman, PhD, MPH, comments on additional risk from the heat in super-hot yoga—and no evidence of benefits in hot yoga that don’t exist in conventional yoga:


Integrating behavioral health and primary care

Group Health’s approach is to embed behavioral specialists in primary care medical homes, says Larry Marx, MD:


Health services and economics

Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, PhD, points to a partnership between Group Health and SEIU as a model for delivering health benefits and reducing emergency room use:


Suicide prevention

Recent Group Health research on suicide prevention is mentioned:


April 1–30

OpenNotes opens doors for patient engagement

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Last year Group Health launched OpenNotes (studied by James Ralston, MD, MPH) at its 25 medical centers—giving all patients who use MyGroupHealth ready access to the notes their providers write after an in-person visit:


How shared decision making works at Group Health

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David Arterburn, MD, MPH, describes Group Health’s distribution of more decision aids than any other single organization—and how shared decision making has changed our culture:


Older people can learn to spend less time sitting down

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Dori Rosenberg, PhD, led the TABS (Take a Break from Sitting) pilot study, which coached older people on ways to sit less:

  • London Times (U.K.), Apr 11, 2015
    Trainers on the phone help elderly to walk for health

Opioid-prescribing safety: Finding real-world solutions for a nationwide epidemic

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Michael Von Korff, ScD, chaired a federal advisory panel that issued a draft National Pain Strategy, which seeks to redefine the way pain is perceived and treated in the United States. He commented on changes in store to base pain management on evidence, based on the biopsychosocial model:


Group Health & UW showcase analytic methods built for the real world

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Jennifer Nelson, PhD, is profiled, with an emphasis on her collaborations in Big Data:


Providers have mixed feelings about prescribing HIV prevention

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Leah Adams, PhD, found many U.S. health care providers may be reluctant to prescribe pre-exposure prophylaxis to some of their patients who are at substantial ongoing risk for HIV:


Higher dementia risk linked to more use of common drugs

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Media coverage continues for the link between increased risk for developing dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, and taking commonly used medications with anticholinergic effects at higher doses or for a longer time. Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, and Sascha Dublin, MD, PhD, reported this with University of Washington (UW) colleagues:


Suicide prevention

Recent Group Health research on suicide prevention in teens is mentioned:


Child and teen health

Pediatrician Paula Lozano, MD, MPH, urges parents to follow the bike, water and sun safety advice that they give to their children.


Pet therapy project serves as crowdfunding guinea pig

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Jessica Chubak, PhD, used acrowdfunding site to help raise additional funds for her research on pet therapy:


March 1–28

Mental health

Gregory Simon, MD, MPH, comments on two issues: whether pilots could be screened to identify those at risk for suicide—and whether patients want mental health and medical records to be combined:


Anticholinergic drugs linked to risk for pneumonia in elderly

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Sascha Dublin, MD, PhD, found that taking commonly used medications with anticholinergic effects is linked to a higher risk for developing pneumonia in thousands of older Group Health patients:


How shared decision making works at Group Health

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David Arterburn, MD, MPH, describes Group Health’s distribution of more decision aids than any other single organization—and how shared decision making has changed our culture:


Tradeoffs found for bypass vs. banding bariatric surgery

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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:


The disruptive potential of mobile health apps

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Beverly Green, MD, MPH, says mHealth tools can facilitate adherence to chronic disease management—but the evidence supporting its current effectiveness is mixed, and research should help overcome specific barriers to adherence:


A ‘learning health system’ moves from idea to action

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An influential blogger lauds the “learning health system” infographic from a 2012 publication by Sarah Greene, MPH; Robert Reid, MD, PhD; and Eric Larson, MD, MPH:


Feb. 1–28

Mental health and medication safety

Gregory Simon, MD, MPH, comments on a JAMA Psychiatry study of benzodiazepine use and risks in older people:


Suicide prevention: The answers are within reach

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At Facebook’s California HQ, Ursula Whiteside, PhD, a University of Washington School of Social Work researcher and GHRI affiliate investigator, helped announce the social media site’s new suicide prevention feature, in conjunction with "Now Matters Now," an online program that Dr. Whiteside produced and piloted-tested with Group Health colleagues while a research fellow at GHRI:


Measles and vaccine safety

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The current measles outbreak is evidence of what happens when “herd immunity” is broached. Clarissa Hsu, PhD, commented in the first item, below, and Paula Lozano, MD, MPH, in the four others, on the importance of vaccinating children and of parents discussing vaccines with their doctors as the best way to prevent infectious diseases:


OpenNotes opens doors for patient engagement

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Late in 2014, Group Health launched OpenNotes at its 25 medical centers—giving all patients who use MyGroupHealth ready access to the notes their providers write after an in-person visit. OpenNotes is gaining momentum due in part to promising research from a national team including GHRI Associate Investigator James Ralston, MD, MPH:


In ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ portrayal of sexual abuse is black and white

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Amy Bonomi, PhD, explains how the movie and book clearly glorify sexual violence:


Few benefits seen for ultrasonograms for women with dense breasts

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Screening women with dense breasts is generating legislation across the country. A 2014 BCSC study involving Diana Miglioretti, PhD, and Constance Lehman, MD, PhD, is having lasting impact. It suggested that if women with dense breasts routinely received an ultrasound exam after a negative mammogram, high costs, extra tests, and little benefit would result:


Opioid-prescribing safety: Finding real-world solutions for a nationwide epidemic

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Michael Von Korff, ScD, continued to weigh in on the booming use of narcotic painkillers for chronic pain conditions, without solid evidence of the long-term safety and effectiveness of the drugs.


The Who was wrong: We should hope to get old

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Old age does not equal unhappiness, Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, wrote:


Translating research into practice

Michael Parchman, MD, MPH, and Laura-Mae Baldwin, MD, MPH, discuss their work on a new GHRI-ITHS initiative, “Implementing Innovations into Community Practice.” Over the next three years in primary care and community settings across the five-state WWAMI region, it will use dissemination and implementation science theories and methods to prioritize and implement innovations with the highest potential to improve both primary care practice and patients’ health:


Health services & economics

Harkness Fellow Paul Burgess, MD, PhD, describes what he is learning from the U.S. health system that could apply to Australian health policy:


Jan. 1–31

Higher dementia risk linked to more use of common drugs

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Media coverage was widespread for the link between increased risk for developing dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, and taking commonly used medications with anticholinergic effects at higher doses or for a longer time. Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, and Sascha Dublin, MD, PhD, reported this in JAMA Internal Medicine with University of Washington (UW) colleagues. The results came from the Group Health seniors participating in the long-running Adult Changes in Thought (ACT), a joint Group Health–UW study funded by the National Institute on Aging:


A hard year for influenza vaccines

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Mike Jackson, PhD, was interviewed on broadcast media about findings in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) from Group Health research and around the country that this year’s flu vaccine is only around 23 percent effective so far:


Surgery for obesity is linked to longer survival

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David Arterburn, MD, MPH, was interviewed about his Journal of the American Medical Associationstudy showing that mostly male Veterans Affairs patients seemed likely to live longer if they had bariatric surgery than if they don’t—with 53 percent lower risk of dying from any cause at five to 14 years after the procedure:


Allen Foundation drives traumatic brain injury study forward

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Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, was interviewed about research by the Allen Institute for Brain Science, UW, and Group Health to learn more about how head injuries might contribute to degenerative brain disorders, thanks to more than 500 brains of late participants in the ACT study:


CT scans—with radiation and cancer risk—rose in children

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HMO Research Network research in JAMA Pediatrics is mentioned: CT scans performed on children could fall dramatically if dose-reduction strategies like that instituted by the Image Gently initiative were targeted to exams with the highest quarter of doses and if CT scans were used only when medically necessary:


Health services and economics

With Mathematica Policy Research colleagues, several Group Health researchers co-wrote the first annual report of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center’s Evaluation of the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative:


Opioid-prescribing safety: Finding real-world solutions for a nationwide epidemic

Read feature story.

Michael Von Korff, ScD, continued to weigh in on the booming use of narcotic painkillers for chronic pain conditions, without solid evidence of the long-term safety and effectiveness of the drugs.

  • McClatchy DC, Jan 13, 2015
    Evidence on opioids’ safety, effective is lacking, researchers say

Group Health congratulates Dr. David Grossman on Task Force role

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David C. Grossman, MD, MPH, was appointed vice chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, the expert panel that makes evidence-based recommendations about services such as health screenings. He will stay at Group Health and the UW, and his term begins March 2015:


Informed consent for research

At a recent Institute of Medicine meeting, Greg Simon, MD, MPH, said proposed federal guidelines could have a chilling effect on innovation and lead to standards that make sense for some studies—where a certain treatment clearly presents a strong risk—while overstating danger in others:


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