Spring 2004 - Volume 8 Number 2
2003 Vohs Award Winner
The 2004 Vohs award winner from the Colorado region employed a multidisciplinary approach to minimize variability and inaccurate interpretation of mammograms. The impressive five-year results are described.
The first David M Lawrence Patient Safety award-winning project, presented here, was designed by Southern California surgeons, nurses, anesthetists, scrub technicians, and administrators with the objective to improve patient safety prior to and during the operating room procedure.
This is a description of a comprehensive smoking cessation program and objective evaluation of outcomes and of factors related to likelihood of success.
This article explores the current status of the health maintenance visit, including discussion of the expectations of both patients and health care providers.
Using a brief case profile, this article discusses the rationale and indications for administration of this effective preventive measure.
A Word from the Medical Directors
The Need for New Capabilities and New Products: One Medical Director's Perspective.
KP in the Community
Produce to the People
This article discusses the nascence of the Oakland Medical Center's farmer's market anecdotes and recipes.
Physicians in the News
Physician News Roundup
Permanente Roundtable Discussion
In the first of a three-part roundtable discussion, seven PMG physician leaders talk about the potential impact on clinicians of implementing cost-sharing products.
Colorado's KP Helps Assists Patients In Need
The KP Colorado program, KP Helps, was expanded to assist low-income members with out-of-pocket expenses; some results, and resources are described in this brief article.
Systems Learning from Physician Performance Data
The assessments and value to improving primary care practice of data collected on physician performance in Group Health Cooperative are presented in this article.
Optimal Practice Support (OPS) at the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center
This article describes the implementation and success of the Optimal Practice Support program at the KP Los Angeles Medical Center.
CPC Corner: A Patient's Manifesto--Communicating in the Exam Room.
In this article, Dr Jacobs explains five clinician-patient communication principles and their importance in the changing health care environment.
The Shared Terrain of Narrative Medicine and Advocacy Journalism
This article explores the importance of storytelling and the role of physician-writers, historically and currently, as physician-advocates and the importance of continuing their legacy.
The story study--a dramatized case study--gives you an experience and a lived perspective, increasing your understanding of clinical encounters.
The Asphyxiating and Exsanguinating Death of President George Washington.
This article describes President Washington's fatal illness, largely through quotations from personal accounts and historical research; it is placed into a medical historical perspective.
Abstracts of articles authored or coauthored by Permanente clinicians
Share Your Insights
The James A Vohs Award for Quality--The Permanente Journal Sixth Annual Special Issue
The David M Lawrence, MD, Chairman's Patient Safety Award
Letters from our readers
Keep It Off: Use the Power of Self-Hypnosis to Lose Weight Now--Book and 4-CD Set
The Cutting Edge: A Newsletter for People Living With Self-Inflicted Violence
Rudolph's Pediatrics, 21st edition
Pocket Radiologist: Chest: Top 100 Diagnoses
"The River Weser"
"Bayon Face 2"
The Lament of the Hypochondriac Caregiver
"What the Monk Saw"
"Garden at Nijo Castle"