About the Project
The Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Oral History Project was an in-depth, interview-based research project into many facets of Kaiser Permanente medicine and medical research, medical care delivery, and the politics, business, and economy of medicine in the United States since 1970. The project began in 2005 and concluded in 2010. Forty-eight in-depth interviews, several of which lasted over 10 hours, were completed during the duration of this project. Interview transcripts that were approved for release by the interviewees are included in this website.
Richard Cándida Smith, Principal Investigator
Martin Meeker, Project Director and Interviewer
This project has been funded by a grant from Kaiser Permanente Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan.
Statement of Scholarly Independence
Although funded by KP, this project was designed and is being executed as an independent scholarly research project; individual interviewees are covered by UC Berkeley Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects guidelines that provide for sealing portions of interview transcripts at the discretion of the interviewee. While the research design and interviewing are independent of KP, we have been assisted by KP staff in identifying research themes and in selecting and locating potential interviewees.