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

Cottrell E, Whitlock E, Kato E, Uhl S, Belinson S, Chang C, Hoomans T, Meltzer D, Noorani H, Robinson K, Schoelles K, Motu’apuaka M, Anderson J, Paynter R, Guise JM. Defining the Benefits of Stakeholder Engagement in Systematic Reviews. Research White Paper [Internet]. (Prepared by the Scientific Resource Center under Contract No. 290-2012-00004-C.) AHRQ Publication No. 14-EHC006-EF. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. March 2014. www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/reports/final.cfm.   PubMed abstract
Curry SJ, Grossman DC, Whitlock EP, Cantu A. Behavioral counseling research and evidence-based practice recommendations: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force perspectives. Ann Intern Med. 2014 Mar 18;160(6):407-13. doi: 10.7326/M13-2128.   PubMed abstract
Guirguis-Blake JM, Beil TL, Senger CA, Whitlock EP; Ultrasonography Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms: A Systematic Evidence Review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2014 Mar;160(5):321-329.   PubMed abstract
Guirguis-Blake JM, Beil TL, Sun X, Senger CA, Whitlock EP. (2013). Primary care screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm: A systematic review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality   PubMed abstract
Guise JM, Chang C, Viswanathan M, et al. Systematic Reviews of Complex Multicomponent Health Care Interventions [Internet]. Rockville (MD): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (US); 2014 Mar. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK194846/   PubMed abstract
Henderson JT, Whitlock EP, O'Conner E, Senger CA, Thompson JH, Rowland MG. A Low-dose Aspirin for the Prevention of Morbidity and Mortality from Preeclampsia: A Systematic Evidence Review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Rockville (MD): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (US); 2014 Apr. Report No.: 14-05207-EF-1. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Evidence Syntheses, formerly Systematic Evidence Reviews. (Prepared by Kaiser Permanente Research Affiliates Evidence-based Practice Center under Contract No. HHS-290-2007-10057-I)   PubMed abstract
Henderson JT, Whitlock EP, O'Connor E, Senger CA, Thompson JH, Rowland MG. Low-dose aspirin for the prevention of morbidity and mortality from preeclampsia: A systematic review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med. 2014 May 20;160(10):695-703. doi: 10.7326/M13-2844.   PubMed abstract
Henderson JT, Whitlock EP, O'Connor E, Senger CA, Thompson JH, Rowland MG; Low-Dose Aspirin for Prevention of Morbidity and Mortality From Preeclampsia: A Systematic Evidence Review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Annals of Internal Medicine. Published online April 8, 2014. doi:10.7326/M13-2844.   PubMed abstract
Jackson JM, DeFor TA, Crain AL, Kerby TJ, Strayer LS, Lewis CE, Whitlock EP, Williams SB, Vitolins MZ, Rodabough RJ, Larson JC, Habermann EB, Margolis KL. Validity of diabetes self-reports in the Women’s Health Initiative. Menopause. 2014 Feb 3. [Epub ahead of print]   Full text
Nicolella L, Curry S, Grossman D, Whitlock EP, Cantu A. Behavioral Counseling Research and Evidence-Based Practice Recommendations: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Perspectives. Annals of Internal Medicine. March 18, 2014;160(6):407-413   PubMed abstract


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