Arne L. Beck, PhD

Arne L. Beck, PhD, is the Director of Quality Improvement and Strategic Research of the Institute for Health Research. His areas of research include mental health services, geriatrics, and advancements in health care innovation. 


Mental Health Research Network: A Population Based Approach to Transform Research
The major goal of this project is to develop a Mental Health Research Network (MHRN) including nine established public-domain research centers based in integrated not-for-profit health systems, and to support development of a core infrastructure for collaborative effectiveness research in mental health and completion of 4 research projects that leverage that infrastructure in specific clinical areas.  
Funder: National Institute of Mental Health

Mental Health Disorders and Medication Adherence and Outcomes in Hypertension, Atrial Fibrillation, and Venous Thromboembolism within the CVRN
The major goal of this project is to examine the relation between three prevalent mental health disorders (depression, anxiety disorders, and ADHD), their associated therapies, and outcomes for hypertension, atrial fibrillation and venous thromboembolic disease within the NHLBI-sponsored Cardiovascular Research Network (CVRN).
Funder: National Heart Lung and Blood Institute/ National Institute of Mental Health

Increasing Access to Relapse Prophylaxis in MDD with Web-Based MBCT (eMBCT) 

The major goal of this project is to develop and test a web-based application of mindfulness based cognitive therapy for depression relapse prevention.
Funder: National Institute of Mental Health

Evaluation of Value-Based Health Plan Design

The major goal of this project is to evaluate the impact of a value based health plan design implemented in the Group Health Cooperative employee population using KPCO as a comparison site. Funder: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Evaluation of a Natural Experiment to Improve Statewide Depression Care in MN
The major goal of this project is to evaluate the effects of an impending statewide change in reimbursement for depression care combined with facilitated implementation of a depression care best practice model.
Funder: National Institutes of Health/ National Institute of Mental Health

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for the Prevention of Perinatal Depression

The major goal of this project is to compare the effectiveness of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy to usual care for women at risk for depression who are receiving prenatal care at Kaiser Permanente
Colorado (KPCO).
Funder: National Institute of Mental Health

CRN Administrative Supplement: Developing a Mental Health Data Resource
The major goal of this project is to establish the infrastructure necessary to efficiently conduct effectiveness research across the full range of mental health conditions and treatments, including all stages of the process from initial observational studies, to selection of priority research questions, to efficient conduct of effectiveness and cost-effectiveness trials, to disseminating research results and implementing effective treatments. 
Funder: National Cancer Institute

Measurement Based Care (MBC) for Depression in Primary Care: A Feasibility Trial of a Guideline Implementation Su
pport Package to Implement MBC
This project tests the feasibility of implementing tools developed in the STAR*D trial for start up, dissemination, and sustainability of depression population management models in a group practice setting.
Funder: Kaiser Permanente Colorado

Advanced eHealth for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in Colorado
The goal of this project is to implement a telephone-dependent, internet-supported, self-monitoring “eHealth” management system for stage 3 and 4 COPD patients in order to 1) improve the management of COPD based upon current national guidelines, 2) improve quality of life and 3) reduce health care costs.
Funder: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

High Performance Well Child Care
The goal of this project is to develop a comprehensive plan for redesigning well child care at Kaiser Permanente Colorado that can be broadly disseminated in a variety of health care settings. Pediatric risk will be identified based on utilization and cost data and expert opinion, and various innovative care delivery models (including different periodicity) matched to risk will be proposed for implementation following the planning process. These include e-visits, group visits, care management for high risk infants, and internet-based pre-visit surveys of parent needs.
Funder: Commonwealth Fund

Outreach and Treatment for Depression in the Labor Force

This project will involve an effectiveness trial to evaluate the impact of depression outreach-treatment of work-related behaviors. Samples of employees will be screened with health risk appraisal surveys, treatment will be provided by behavioral health specialists, and primary outcomes will include sickness absence, job-related accidents, quantity and quality of work, interpersonal relations at work, and job turnover.
Funder: National Institute of Mental Health

Marketing Improved Depression Treatment to Employer Purchasers
The goal of this project is to translate recent research findings about the economic value of high quality depression treatment into the design and test marketing of a benefit option that employers can purchase.
Funder: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Kaiser Permanente Depression Initiative

The major goals of this project are to fund 10 to 15 research projects that evaluate models of depression care in Kaiser Permanente and to broadly disseminate into practice settings those models that demonstrate success.
Funder: Kaiser Permanente Garfield Memorial Fund / Eli Lilly & Co

Screening and Treatment of Depression and Anxiety in Patients with Congestive Heart Failure
The major goal of this project is to assess the effectiveness of nurse telehealth in improving depression and anxiety symptoms and CHF-related outcomes in CHF patients.
Funder: Kaiser Permanente Garfield Memorial Fund


Adams AS, Uratsu C, Dyer W, Magid D, O'Connor P, Beck A, Butler M, Ho M, Schmittdiel JA. Health System Factos and Antihypertensive Adherence in a Diverse Cohort of New Users. Archives of Internal Medicine 2012. In Press

Crain L, Solberg L, Unützer J, Ohnsorg K, Maciosek M, Whitebird R, Beck A, Molitor B. Designing and Implementing Research on a Statewide Quality Improvement Initiative: The DIAMOND Study and Initiative.  Medical Care 2012 Feb 8. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID:  22322100

Hambidge SJ, Phibbs S, Beck A, Bergman DA. Internet-based pediatric developmental screening: A digital divide between English and Spanish speaking parents.  Pediatrics 2011;128:e1-8. PMID:21911347

Bergman DA, Beck A. Moving From Research to Large Scale Change in Child Healthcare. Acad Pediatr, 2011 Sep-Oct; 11 (5): 360-8.  PMID:21783449

Bayliss EA, Bhardwaja B, Ross C, Beck A, Lanese DM. Multidisciplinary team care may slow the rate of decline in renal function. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, 2011;6:e1-7.  PMID:21273376

Ritzwoller D, Sukhanova A, Beck AL, Bergman D. A New Model of Well-child Care: Implications for Resource Costs and Dissemination. The Permanente Journal, 2011;15(2):15-22. PMID:21841920

Beck A, Crain L, Solberg LI, Unützer J, Glasgow RE, Maciosek MV, Whitebird R.Does Severity of Depression Predict Magnitude of Productivity Loss. Annals of Family Medicine, 2011;9:305-311. PMID:21747101

Solberg LI, Glasgow RE, Unützer J, Jaeckels N, Oftedahl G, Beck A, Maciosek MV, Crain LA. Partnership Research: a Practical Trial Design for Evaluation of a Natural Experiment to Improve Depression Care. Medical Care, 2010;48: 576–582.  PMID:20508531

Bergman DA, Beck A, Rahm AK. The Use of Internet-Based Technology to Tailor Well-Child Care Encounters. Pediatrics, 2009;124;e37-e43.   PMID:19564267

Beck A, Bergman DA, Rahm AK, Dearing JW, Glasgow RE. Using Implementation and Dissemination Concepts to Spread 21st Century Well Child Care at an HMO. The Permanente Journal, 2009; 13(3):10-18. PMID:20740083

Lo Sasso A, Rost K, Beck A. Modeling the Impact of Enhanced Depression Treatment on Workplace Functioning and Costs: A Cost-Benefit Approach. Medical Care, 2006;44(4):352-358  PMID:16565636

Glasgow RE, Magid DJ, Beck A, Ritzwoller D, Estabrooks PA. Practical clinical trials for translating research to practice: design and measurement recommendations. Medical Care, 2005; 43(6):551-557.  PMID:15908849

Pronk NP, Martinson B, Kessler RC, Beck AL, Saylor JS, Simon GE, Wang P. The effects of physical activity, cardiorespiratory fitness, obesity on work performance.  Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2004;46(1):19-25.  PMID:14724474

Scott J, Conner D, Venohr I, Gade G, McKenzie M, Kramer A, Bryant L, Beck A. Effectiveness of a Group Outpatient Visit Model for Chronically Ill Older Health Maintenance Organization Members: A Two Year Randomized Trial of the Cooperative Health Care Clinic (CHCC). Journal of American Geriatric Society, 2004;52:1463-1470. PMID:15341547

Wang PS, Beck AL, Berglund P, McKenas DK, Pronk NP, Simon GE, Kessler RC. The effects of major depression on moment-in-time work performance. American Journal of Psychiatry, 2004;161:1885-1891  PMID:15465987

Kessler RC, Barber C, Beck A, Berglund P, Cleary PD, McKenas D, Simon G, Stang P, Ustun TB, Wang P. The World Health Organization Health and Work Performance Questionnaire (HPQ). Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2003;45;1-13.  PMID:12625231

Glasgow RE, Davis CL, Funnell MM, Beck A. Implementing practical interventions to support chronic illness self-management in health care settings: lessons learned and recommendations. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Safety, 2003;29(11):563-74.  PMID:14619349

Wang PS, Beck A, Berglund P, Leutzinger JA, Pronk N, Richling D, Simon G, Stang P, Ustun TB, Kessler RC. Chronic Medical Conditions and Work Performance in the HPQ Calibration Surveys. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine,2003; 45(12):1303-11.  PMID:14665817

Beck A, Brown J, Boles M, Barrett P. Completion of Advance Directives by Older HMO Members: The Role of Attitudes and Beliefs Regarding Life-Sustaining Treatment. Journal of American Geriatrics Society, 2002;50:300-306. PMID:12028212

Allen-Davis JT, Beck A, Parker R, Ellis J, Polley D. Assessment of Vulvovaginal Complaints:  Accuracy of Telephone Triage and In-Office Diagnosis. Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2002 99(1):18-22.  PMID:11777504

Beck A, Breth G, Ellis J, Hays R, Miller C, Reaven N. Multidisciplinary Group Intervention For Fibromyalgia: A Study of Psychiatric Symptom And Functional Disability Outcomes. The Permanente Journal, 2002;6(2):35-39.

Andrade SE, Gurwitz JH, Chan KA, Donahue JG, Beck A, Boles M, Buist DSM, Goodman M, LaCroix AZ, Levin TR, Platt R.  Validation of diagnoses of peptic ulcers and bleeding from administrative databases: a multi-health maintenance organization study. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 2002;55:310-313.  PMID:11864803

Barrett P, Beck  A, Schmid K, Fireman B, and Brown J. Treatment decisions about lumbar herniated disc in a shared decision-making program. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality Improvement, 2002;28(5):211-219. PMID:12053454

Wang P, Beck A, McKenas D, Meneades L, Pronk N, Saylor J, Simon G, Walters E, & Kessler R. The effects of efforts to increase response rates on a workplace chronic condition screening survey. Medical Care, 2002;40(9):752-760.  PMID:12218766

Donahue JD, Chan AK, Andrade SE, Beck A et al. Gastric and duodenal safety of alendronate. Archives of Internal Medicine, 2002;162(8):936-42.  PMID:11966346

Coleman, EA, Eilertsen TB, Magid DJ, Conner DM, Beck A, Kramer AM. The Association Between Care Coordination and Emergency Department Use in Older Managed Care Enrollees. International Journal of Care Integration [On-Line <>] 2002.  PMID:16896387

Beck A, Roblin D, Selby J, Hsu J. (2001). Clinical integration at the service delivery level. Center for Health Management Research commissioned paper, May, 2001: 1-46.

Price D, Beck A, Nimmer C, Bensen S.The Treatment of Anxiety Disorders in a Primary Care HMO Setting. Psychiatric Quarterly, 2000;71,1, 31-44.  PMID:10736815

Bryant C, Beck A, & Fairclough D. Healthy aging: factors that contribute to positive perceived health in an older population. Journal of Aging and Health, 2000;12(2):169-192.  PMID:11010695

Shedler J, Beck A, Bensen S. Practical Mental Health Assessment in Primary Care: Validity and Utility of the Shedler Quick PsychoDiagnostics Panel (QPD Panel). Journal of Family Practice, 2000;49(7):614-621.  PMID:10923571

Beck A, Breth G, Hays R, Miller C. Psychiatric disorders and functional disability in patients with fibromyalgia. The Permanente Journal, 2000;4(3): 21-28.

Brown JB, Beck A, Boles M, & Barrett P. Practical methods to increase use of advance medical directives: a randomized, controlled trial. The Journal of General Internal Medicine, 1999;14, 21-36. PMID:9893087

Samson A, Bensen S, Beck A, Nimmer C & Price D (1999). Post-traumatic stress disorder in primary care. The Journal of Family Practice,1999;48(3), 1-6.  PMID:10086767

France EK, Selna MJ, Lyons EE, Beck AL, Calonge BN.  Effect of a pediatric self care book on utilization of services in a group model HMO.  Clinical Pediatrics, 1999;38:709-715.  PMID:10618763

McLaughlin TJ and Beck A. Antidepressant management: a new measure for HEDIS, 1999. National Committee for Quality Assurance, 1999, Washington DC, pp 59-68.

Coltin K, Beck A. The HEDIS Antidepressant Medication Management Measure. Behavioral Health Care Tomorrow, 1999;8(3), 40  PMID:10537652

Harvey R, Marsh W, Sanders B, Westley R, Williams J, Cvietusa P, Speicher B, Conner D, Beck A, & Harvey R. Quality of life of asthmatic patients after allergy consultation. Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, 80, 104, 1998.

Harvey R, Cvietusa P, Sanders B, Westley R, Marsh W, Williams J, Conner D, Beck A, & Speicher B. Quality of life of patients with allergic and non-allergic rhinitis: the impact of allergy consultation and caregiver. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 101(1), S180, 1998.

Dea R, Nimmer C, Beck A, Gould H, Strugatch E, Feinman J, Schoof K, Erikson M, Leveaux M, & Anderson B.  Systems Challenge: integrating behavioral health into the primary care setting. The Permanente Journal,1998;2(3), 5-11.

Beck A, Scott J, Williams P, Robertson B, Jackson D, & Cowan P. A randomized trial of group outpatient visits for chronically ill older HMO members: the Cooperative Health Care Clinic. Journal of American Geriatric Society, 1997;45, 543-549. PMID:9158573

McDuffie R, Bischoff K, Beck A, Orleans M. Does reducing the number of prenatal office visits for low-risk women result in increased use of other medical services? Obstetrics & Gynecology, 1997;89, 1-3. PMID:9207816

Freedman J, Beck A, Robertson B, Calonge N, & Gade G. Using a mailed survey to predict hospital admission among patients over 81. Journal of American Geriatric Society, 1996;44, 689-692.  PMID:8642161

McDuffie R, Beck A, Bischoff K, Cross J, & Orleans M. Effect of timing of prenatal care for low-risk women on perinatal outcome: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of the American Medical Association, 1996;275, 847-851.  PMID:8596222

Cohen J, Beall D, Miller D, Beck A, Pait G, & Clements B. Subcutaneous sumatriptan for the treatment of migraine: effects on health-related quality of life, impact on health care resource use, and clinical efficacy. Journal of Family Medicine, 1996;28, 171-177.  PMID:8900548

Beck, A, Barret P, Mardis A, Fieger H, Kershner m, Nuccio D. Patient treatment preferences and decisions regarding acute low back pain: the role of a shared decision-making program, utility regarding living with the condition, and functional status. Medical Decision Making, 15, 427, 1995.

Schechter N, Bernstein BA, Beck A, Hart L, & Scherzer L. (1992) Individual differences in childrens' response to pain:  The role of temperament and parental characteristics. Pediatrics, 87(2), 171-177.  PMID:1987527

Nicodemus C, Harvey R, Shapiro H, Beck A, & Weiner M. The Pfizer-Kaiser antihistamine comparison project: A model for outcomes assessment of the use of antihistamines in the treatment of seasonal allergic rhinitis in a managed health care environment (Pharmatech Tech. Rep.). Denver, CO: Pharmatech, Inc., September, 1992.

Schichor A, Beck A, Bernstein B, & Crabtree B. Seat belt use and stress in adolescents. Adolescence, 1990;25, 773-779. PMID:2275431

Schick J, Beck A & DeSilva H. Umbilical artery catheter position and intraventricular hemorrhage. Journal of Perinatology, 1989;9, 382-385. PMID:2593010

Schichor A & Beck A. School based follow up care for sports physicals. Journal of School Health, 1988;58, 200-202. PMID:3386203

Schechter N, Beck A, Hart L, & Scherzer L. Correlates of Childrens' high distress behavior in response to painful stimuli. American Journal of Disease of Children, 142(4), 371-372, 1988.

Schick J, Beck A, & DeSilva H. Tocopherol efficacy and Retinopathy of Prematurity. Letter to the Editor, Pediatrics, 1987;80,762.  PMID:3670983

Schichor A & Beck A. Computer assisted recognition and tracking of high risk health factors in adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health Care, 8(3), 310, 1987.

Cohen M, Adler N, Beck A, & Irwin C. Parental reactions to the onset of adolescence. Journal of adolescent Health Care, 1986;7, 101-106. PMID:3957746

Beck A, Nethercut G, Crittenden M, & Hewins J. Visibility of handicap, self-concept, and social maturity among young adult survivors of end-stage renal disease. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 1986;7(6), 93-96.  PMID:3700664

Beck A & Bergman D. Using structured medical information to improve students' problem-solving performance. Journal of Medical Education, 1986;61, 749-756. PMID:3528494

Bergman D & Beck A.The impact of clinical appearance on pediatric residents' assessment of the febrile infant. Evaluation and the Health Professions, 1986;9, 449-458. PMID:3641558

Beck A, Adler N, & Irwin CE A comparison of nurses' attitudes toward hospitalized adolescents and adults. Journal of Adolescent Health Care, 1985;6(3), 211-215. PMID:3988581

Shafer MA, Chew KL, Beck A, Schachter J, & King EB Chlamydial endocervical infections and cytologic findings in sexually active female adolescents. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1985;151(6), 765-771. PMID:3976789

Shafer M, Sweet R, Ohm-Smith M, Shalwitz J, Beck A, & Schachter J. Microbiology of the lower genital tract in postmenarchal adolescent girls:  Differences by sexual activity, contraception, and presence of nonspecific vaginitis. Journal of Pediatrics, 1985;107(6), 974-981. PMID:3877803

Shafer MA, Beck A, Blaine B, Dole P, Irwin CE, Sweet R, & Schachter J. Chlamydia trachomatis:  Important relationships to race, contraception, lower genital tract infection, and Papanicolaou smears.  Journal of Pediatrics, 1984;104(1), 141‑146. PMID:6546309

Nice D & Beck A. Screening and selection of military attaches (NHRC Tech. Rep. 79-49).  San Diego, Calif.:  Naval Health Research Center, December, 1979.

Nice D & Beck A. Feelings of depression in Navy wives prior to family separation (NHRC Tech. Rep. 79-58). San Diego, Calif.:  Naval Health Research Center, August, 1979.