Paula Blasi, MPH, is enthusiastic about conducting research that can improve the well-being of patients and communities. Her research interests include evidence-based medicine, evidence synthesis, and qualitative inquiry. Paula works with the Kaiser Permanente Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) on systematic reviews of clinical preventive services for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, and she conducts qualitative research with patient and provider populations.
Paula earned a Master of Public Health at the University of Washington, in the Community-Oriented Public Health Practice (COPHP) program. She completed a master’s capstone project with YWCA Seattle-King-Snohomish and a practicum at Public Health—Seattle & King County. Before joining KPWHRI, Paula was a writer and editor at the Advisory Board Company, a health care research and consulting firm in Washington, D.C.
Henrikson NB, Ivlev I, Blasi PR, Nguyen MB, Senger CA, Perdue LA, Lin JS. Skin cancer screening: Updated evidence report and systematic review for the US Preventive Services Task Force. JAMA. 2023 Apr 18;329(15):1296-1307. doi: 10.1001/jama.2023.3262. PubMed
Grabert BK, McRee AL, Henrikson NB, Heisler-MacKinnon J, Blasi PR, Norris CM, Nguyen MB, Dunn J, McKeithen MC, Gilkey MB. Feasibility of using an app-based coaching intervention to improve provider communication about HPV vaccination. Transl Behav Med. 2023 Aug 11;13(8):581-588. doi: 10.1093/tbm/ibad002. PubMed
Blasi PR, Scrol A, Anderson ML, Gray MF, Tiffany B, Fullerton SM, Ralston JD, Leppig KA, Henrikson NB. Feasibility, acceptability, and limited efficacy of health system-led familial risk notification: protocol for a mixed-methods evaluation. Pilot Feasibility Stud. 2022 Aug 9;8(1):174. doi: 10.1186/s40814-022-01142-9. PubMed
Ulloa-Pérez E, Blasi PR, Westbrook EO, Lozano P, Coleman KF, Coley RY. Pragmatic randomized study of targeted text message reminders to reduce missed clinic visits. Perm J. 2022 Apr 5;26(1):64-72. doi: 10.7812/TPP/21.078. PubMed
Blasi P, Mettert KD, Coleman K, Lewis CC, Wagner E, Coghill M, Dang T, Richards J. Transitioning patients from outpatient mental health services to primary care: a rapid literature review. Implement Res Pract. 2021 Sep 14;2:26334895211041294. doi: 10.1177/26334895211041294. eCollection 2021.
Henrikson NB, Blasi P, Figueroa Gray M, Tiffany BT, Scrol A, Ralston JD, Fullerton SM, Lim CY, Ewing J, Leppig KA. Patient and family preferences on health system-led direct contact for cascade screening. J Pers Med. 2021;11(6):538. doi: 10.3390/jpm11060538. PubMed
Lin JS, Perdue LA, Henrikson NB, Bean SI, Blasi PR. Screening for colorectal cancer: updated evidence report and systematic review for the US Preventive Services Task Force. JAMA. 2021;325(19):1978-1997. doi: 10.1001/jama.2021.4417. PubMed
Kamineni A, Blasi PR, Gundersen GD, Oliver M, Dunn JB, Galloway DA, Madeleine MM. Barriers to human papillomavirus vaccine series completion among insured individuals in an integrated healthcare setting. Infect Dis (Auckl). 2021 May 20;14:11786337211018712. doi: 10.1177/11786337211018712. eCollection 2021. PubMed
Parchman ML, Palazzo L, Austin BT, Blasi P, Henrikson NB, Gundersen G, Ganos E. Taking action to address medical overuse: common challenges and facilitators. Am J Med. 2020 Feb 4. pii: S0002-9343(20)30052-8. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2020.01.001. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
Henrikson NB, Blasi P, Dorsey CN, Mettert KD, Nguyen MB, Walsh-Bailey CL, Macuiba JA, Gottlieb LM, Lewis CC. Psychometric and pragmatic properties of social risk assessment tools in clinical settings: a systematic review. Am J Prev Med. Vol 57, Issue 6, Supp 1, p S13-S24. Dec 2019. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2019.07.012.
KPWHRI researchers answer questions about systematic reviews and their impact on health care guidelines.
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