Addiction Health Services

We conduct scientific research on how to improve the delivery of care for Kaiser Permanente Colorado patients and individuals in the broader community with addiction. Our goal is to rigorously develop and evaluate approaches to improve access to high-quality and patient-centered care for substance use disorders. We also seek to find novel approaches to identify and engage individuals into effective treatment services in diverse settings.

The IHR leads or participates in a number of national research collaborations. These partnerships enable the IHR to contribute to large, cutting edge, multi-site research projects.

  • Integrating Addiction Research in Health Systems: The Addiction Research Network (participating research site)
  • Developing a Prescription Opioid Registry across Diverse Health Systems (NIH HEAL Initiative)
  • Medical Cannabis Use among Primary Care Patients: Using Electronic Health Records to Study Large Population
  • Patient and System-Level Factors Associated with HEDIS AOD-IET Measure Performance across Health Systems

Addiction Health Services Researchers


Featured Projects

Investigators: Ingrid A. Binswanger, MD, MPH, MS and Jason Glanz, PhD
The major goal of this project is to conduct a longitudinal cohort study to determine the effectiveness and safety of opioid tapering in three large health systems in two states.
Funder: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Study End Date: 12/31/2022
Investigator: Ingrid A. Binswanger, MD, MPH, MS
This study explored ways to improve justice-involved veterans' access to and use of pharmacotherapy for opioid use disorder through qualitative interviews with veterans, VA justice outreach staff, criminal justice system staff, and VA and community health care providers who work with justice-involved veterans.
Funder: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Study End Date: 02/28/2020
Investigator: Ingrid A. Binswanger, MD, MPH, MS
The objective of this study was to understand the pregnancy desires and motivations of women in opioid medication-assisted treatment and develop and assess the acceptability, feasibility, and initial efficacy of a brief theory-based peer-led intervention to prevent unintended pregnancies among women in treatment.
Funder: National Institutes of Health
Study End Date: 05/31/2019