Real-Time Research: Using Insights to Help Healthcare Today and Tomorrow
SAN FRANCISCO – New research shows that weight loss during the first 12 weeks of a year-long behavioral lifestyle program can predict which participants will achieve weight loss after completing the program. This revelation, along with several others, were shared by Sutter Health’s Center for Health Systems Research (CHSR) during the recent annual meeting of the Health Care Systems Research Network (HCSRN) in Portland.
Sutter Health Principal Investigators Rob Romanelli, PhD, Kristen Azar, RN, MSN/MPH, and Center for Health Systems Research (CHSR) colleagues assessed weight change using electronic health record data from Sutter patients enrolled in a behavioral lifestyle program that uses a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-recommended curriculum for weight loss and diabetes prevention.
Weight was examined during the first 12 weeks of the program and after 12 months’ follow-up. The results will be used to help Sutter providers identify participants, in the early stages of the program, who might need additional or alternative treatment to help them achieve weight loss goals.
Other findings presented by the 20 CHSR researchers representing Sutter Health also revealed the types of treatments most commonly prescribed to people with migraine in primary care clinics, new approaches to reduce emergency department recurring visits in adults with asthma and COPD, a novel clinical model to more effectively classify patients with cardiometabolic conditions (e.g., diabetes and heart disease), and strategies to improve care discussions for patients with advanced cancers.
“At Sutter Health, health systems research means using health outcomes research, real-world data and the patient experience to improve care delivery,” says Alice Pressman, Ph.D, co-director of Sutter’s CHSR, and director of Sutter Research Development & Dissemination. Dr. Pressman directs the CHSR with Dominick Frosch, Ph.D, a senior scientist at Sutter Health and director of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute.
Outcomes and health systems research help transform the delivery of care at Sutter Health–helping improve the safety, quality and efficiency of care delivery. The team’s research ranges from determining how to reduce emergency room visits and readmissions, decrease unnecessary procedures, improve physician wellbeing, and lower overall hospital costs.
View an online gallery of CHSR abstracts presented at the HCSRN conference.
Health Systems Research at Sutter Health: An Overview
The Center for Health Systems Research (CHSR) improves the care, experience, and health of all patients, clinicians, and communities through innovative research, development, and analytics that have an immediate impact on the delivery of care.
- Launch of Sutter Research Enterprise programs including Sutter Care Coordination, Readmission Management, a palliative care eligibility algorithm, Advancing Health Equity, and Accelerated Patient Access Programs
- Research designed to improve physician wellbeing (‘Joy of Work’), advance health equity in asthma treatment, evaluate Emergency Department information exchange, measure electronic patient-reported outcomes, improve early identification of sepsis, and enhance multiple sclerosis point-of-care solutions
- More than 530 authorships in leading healthcare journals by CHSR investigators
- Almost 60 presentations delivered nationally and internationally since 2014