Evelyn P. Whitlock, MD, MPH

Director, Kaiser Permanente Research Affiliates Evidence-based Practice Center
Senior Investigator, CHR Northwest
Evelyn Whitlock

Dr. Evelyn Whitlock, a board-certified preventive medicine physician, is a Senior Investigator and director of Kaiser Permanente Research Affiliates Evidence-based Practice Center (KPRA EPC). Her main focus is evidence-based medicine and policy.

The KPRA EPC,is one of 11 officially designated EPCs in the nation. It is under a multi-year contract to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to produce evidence syntheses based on systematic reviews, lead methodological development for systematic reviews, and support the increased application of systematic reviews and other evidence-based products into policy and practice. The EPC involves 79 researchers from three integrated health care delivery systems, including Kaiser Permanente, Group Health, and Health Partners.

Dr. Whitlock serves as the principal investigator for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) contract, an EPC program that systematically reviews the evidence to support USPSTF recommendations for clinical preventive services. She is also co-principal investigator of AHRQ’s Scientific Resource Center for its Effective Healthcare Program and leads the Topic Triage group, which evaluates topics nominated for systematic review in comparative effectiveness.

Dr. Whitlock was a member of the senior faculty of the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute, one of 12 NIH-funded awards for clinical and translational sciences, and helped develop and implement OCTRI's Translation of Research into Policy and Practice Program. She previously served as the Portland clinical site PI and medical director for the Women's Health Initiative and is now a co-investigator. Dr. Whitlock has significant experience conducting clinical trials, epidemiological studies, and health services research using large observational datasets, survey data, and administrative datasets. Other recent research includes a collaboration with the CDC that created and validated an algorithm to determine pregnancy episodes and their outcomes within Kaiser Permanente Northwest, with ongoing work investigating important public health issues during pregnancy.

In addition to her appointment at CHR, Dr. Whitlock is an adjunct associate professor in OHSU’s Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology. She also serves as a clinical associate professor in the Department of Health and Preventive Medicine at OHSU, where she directed the Residency Program from 1993-1997.

E-mail: Evelyn.Whitlock@kpchr.org

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Recent Publications

Berkman ND, Lohr KN, Ansari M, McDonagh M, Balk E, Whitlock E, Reston J, Bass E, Butler M, Gartlehner G, Hartling L, Kane R, McPheeters M, Morgan L, Morton SC, Viswanathan M, Sista P, Chang S. Grading the Strength of a Body of Evidence When Assessing Health Care Interventions for the Effective Health Care Program of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: An Update. Methods Guide for Comparative Effectiveness Reviews (Prepared by the RTI-UNC Evidence-based Practice Center under Contract No. 290-2007-10056-I). AHRQ Publication No. 13(14)-EHC130-EF. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. November 2013. www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/reports/final.cfm.  
Danforth KN, Patnode CD, Kapka TJ, Butler MG, Collins B, Compton-Phillips A, Baxter RJ, Weissberg J, McGlynn EA, Whitlock EP. Comparative effectiveness topics from a large, integrated health system. Perm J 2013 Fall;17(4):4-13. PMCID: PMC3854801   Full text
Eckstrom E, Feeny DH, Walter LC, Perdue LA, Whitlock EP. Individualizing cancer screening in older adults: a narrative review and framework for future research. J Gen Intern Med. 2013 Feb;28(2):292-8. doi: 10.1007/s11606-012-2227-x. Epub 2012 Sep 28. Review. PubMed PMID: 23054920; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3614148   Full text
Feeny DH, Eckstrom E, Whitlock EP, Perdue LA. A Primer for Systematic Reviewers on the Measurement of Functional Status and Health-Related Quality of Life in Older Adults. (Prepared by the Kaiser Permanente Research Affiliates Evidence-based Practice Center under Contract No. 290-2007-10057-I.) AHRQ Publication No. 13-EHC128-EF. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. September 2013. www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/reports/final.cfm.   PubMed abstract
Fortmann SP, Burda BU, Senger CA, Lin JS, Beil TL, O'Connor E, Whitlock EP. Vitamin, Mineral, and Multivitamin Supplements for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer: A Systematic Evidence Review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force [Internet]. Rockville (MD): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (US); 2013 Nov. Available from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK173987/PubMed PMID: 24308073.   PubMed abstract
Fortmann SP, Burda BU, Senger CA, Lin JS, Whitlock EP. Vitamin and mineral supplements in the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer: An updated systematic evidence review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med 2013 Nov 12. [Epub 2013 Nov 12]   PubMed abstract
Goddard KA, Whitlock EP, Berg JS, Williams MS, Webber EM, Webster JA, Lin JS, Schrader KA, Campos-Outcalt D, Offit K, Feigelson HS, Hollombe C. Description and pilot results from a novel method for evaluating return of incidental findings from next-generation sequencing technologies. Genet Med. 2013 Sep;15(9):721-8. [Epub 2013 Apr 4]   Full text
Goddard KA, Whitlock EP, Berg JS, Williams MS, Webber EM, Webster JA, Lin JS, Schrader KA, Campos-Outcalt D, Offit K, Feigelson HS, Hollombe C. Description and pilot results from a novel method for evaluating return of incidental findings from next-generation sequencing technologies. Genetics in Medicine 2013 Sep;15(9):721-8. [Epub 2013 Apr 4]   PubMed abstract
Gold R, Whitlock EP, Patnode CD, McGinnis PS, Buckley DI, Morris C. Prioritizing research needs based on a systematic evidence review: a pilot process for engaging stakeholders. Health Expect. 2013 Dec;16(4):338-50. doi:10.1111/j.1369-7625.2011.00716.x. Epub 2011 Aug 12. PubMed PMID: 21838830; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3218292   Full text
Henderson JT, Patnode CD, Burda BU, Whitlock EP. (2013). Development of an analytic framework mapping tool: a concept paper for the prevention of unintended pregnancy in primary care. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality  


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