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PAMF Researchers Awarded AHRQ Grant to Study Trends in Obesity Among Complex Patients

Ming Tai-Seale, Ph.D., Senior Investigator, PAMF Research Institute

Researchers at the PAMF Research Institute (PAMFRI) have been awarded a competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to conduct a study of Trends in Obesity Progression Among Complex Patients. Obesity accounts for up to 15 percent of deaths in the United States. In 2007-2008, the prevalence of obesity among adults was 33.8 percent.

“Hypertension and depression are also leading causes of disability and often co-occur with obesity,” said Principal Investigator Ming Tai-Seale, Ph.D., MPH, Senior Investigator, Health Policy Research at PAMFRI.” Obesity threatens to reverse the net benefit of declining smoking rates on the U.S. population and it reduces quality of life and contributes to premature death – these frequently occur with depression and cardiovascular diseases – which translates to tremendous health and economic costs.”

PAMF’s innovative exploratory research project will focus on patients with a combined three chronic conditions: (1) obesity, (2) hypertension, and (3) depression. Researchers will evaluate the progression of these conditions within the setting of PAMF’s large medical practice with over 650,000 patients. Results of the study will inform current local and national quality improvement measures and treatment guidelines for managing patients with this common and costly combination of health conditions.

Learn more about the PAMF Research Institute.

Learn more about the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).