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When Patients Become Part of the Research Team

January 21, 2016



Member Maris Burton walking outside looking up at sky Maris Burton

Chronic pain affects more than 100 million Americans. It’s the No. 1 reason patients visit their primary care providers, sometimes with the expectation that those providers will have a quick fix or cure.

But for most patients, that’s not the case. Chronic pain can last years or over a lifetime, and often patients who take a more active role in their treatment can return to normal activities and improve their quality of life. Watch this video to find out how Kaiser Permanente is encouraging patients to become more involved in their treatment, and including them as equal partners in research.

The video was funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, an independent organization authorized by Congress in 2010 to conduct comparative clinical effectiveness research with a focus on determining which options are best for patients. Kaiser Permanente is part of National Clinical Network funded by PCORI, and receives funding from the organization to conduct other patient-centered research.

A compilation of images showing members in the program: taking in conference room, a woman painting, a man fishing, a physician examining an arm

Participants in the chronic pain management program which includes both physicians and patients.