Fall 2001 - Volume 5 Number 4
Something in the Genes: Kaiser Permanente's Continuing Commitment to Research
Having come a long way from the research effort envisioned by Henry Kaiser and promised by Dr Sidney Garfield, the core values underlying their commitment keep research at the heart of Kaiser Permanente's mission.
Vagus Nerve Stimulation for Refractory Epilepsy
This report details the use of a new device for treatment of 24 carefully selected patients refractory to standard treatment. The results so far are highly encouraging.
Evidence-Based Clinical Vignettes from the Care Management Institute: Asthma
Using a specific case history as a brief take-off point, this article discusses diagnosis, evaluation, treatment, follow-up and other aspects of asthma management in a very practical way.
Medical Hypnosis: An Underutilized Treatment Approach
This discussion of a therapeutic modality unfamiliar to most practitioners includes five examples of successful intervention. The discussion considers current understanding of mechanisms and selection of patients suitable for referral.
CPC Corner: Clinician-Patient Communication: Its Big Impact on Health
Vivian Nagy presents a state-of-the-art article on clinician patient communication and the linkage to improving health outcomes--a cornerstone of Permanente Medicine.
Life at EPRP--The Emergency Prospective Review Program
Dr Berniker's article showcases this program that focuses on the repatriation of members from non-KP institutions while maintaining the high quality of care that is the hallmark of Permanente.
The Reality of Transplantation: Clinical and Operational Issues for Kaiser Permanente
The authors discuss Kaiser Permanente's organ transplantation program and the challenge of providing high quality care to patients in an era when the demand for organ transplantation outweighs the available supply.
Engendering Differences: Ethical Issues about Intersex
Ethics editor Kate Scannell, MD, looks at a new perspective on medical evaluation and management of intersex infants, with a case study. Expert Anne Fausto-Sterling, PhD, provides a case commentary.
The Clinical Evolution of a New Technology to Best Practice: A Registry Concept
The Permanente Journal--Telling the Permanente Story
A Word From the Medical Directors
Research in Kaiser Permanente: A Historical Commitment and A Future Imperative
The Executive Director of The Permanente Medical Group celebrates the importance of clinical research as a core value of Kaiser Permanente.
Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Los Angeles Dedicates New Center for Medical Education
The dedication for the Los Angeles Medical Center's Center for Medical Education was celebrated and honored by local dignitaries and the keynote speaker US Surgeon General, David Satcher, MD. The Center for Medical Education is responsible for training 165 residents and fellows and CME for all physicians.
KP Providers Touch Hearts and Souls Around the World
An informal survey found that hundreds of Permanente clinicians volunteer to bring medical care and health services to populations in need around the world. We highlight just a few.
Abstracts of articles authored or coauthored by Permanente clinicians
A Moment in Time
Dr Morris Collen and the Ten Commandments--New Honors for a KP Trailblazer
On the occasion of the latest prestigious award to this Permanente pioneer physician, we reprint his parting advice on medical group leadership.
Letters to the Editor
Physician Leadership and Health Care Teams
Handheld Computing Devices
Handbook for Mortals: Guidance for People Facing Serious Illness
The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce: A Twenty-Five Year Landmark Study
Soul of the Healer
"Traffic Circle, Budapest"
Medical Errors Due to Patient Profiling
The Lighter Side of Medicine
The Humerus Zone