Fall 2005 - Volume 9 Number 4
Facilitating Physician Access to Medical Reference Information
By reviewing data from recent surveys about KP physicians' approaches to seeking information, this article highlights the ongoing revolution brought about by electronic resources.
Stereotactic Radiosurgery: Instrumentation and Theoretical Aspects--Part 1
This first of two parts gives an overview of the history of stereotactic radiosurgery, which has been refined to the point of revolutionizing many aspects of treating central nervous system disease, and reviews its technical basis as well as the radiobiologic principles.
A case study illustrates a practical approach to the cardiovascular evaluation of an athlete or potential athlete.
Treating Chronic Pain: New Knowledge, More Choices
This third in a continuing series on pain management offers practical treatment advice based on the newest science.
The Coordinated Clinical Studies Network: A Multidisciplinary Alliance to Facilitate Research and Improve Care
The NIH Roadmap is designed to accelerate progress on pressing scientific questions and facilitate moving research findings into everyday practice. An outgrowth of the Roadmap is the HMO Research Network and, thus, the Coordinated Clinical Studies Network. This is a short overview of the goals, processes, and implementations of the CCSN.
This article presents the MENTOR initiative: a program designed to support malaria treatment and prevention. Nine KP clinicians served as the medical team for this significant and essential program.
Permanente and the Tsunami Relief Efforts--One Year Later--The Volunteers' Stories: A Journal
This collection shares the stories and experiences of some Northern California volunteers in the 2004 tsunami disaster area. These stories express the true spirit of Permanente Medicine.
Shifting From Traditional to Biopsychosocial Pediatrics
A pediatrician shares his insights into developing a better relationship with patients' parents and therefore patients and thus creating a better experience for all.
Owning Our Own Health--Modeling Healthy Living
This overview of Employee Wellness Resources around the country expresses the importance of supporting the health of the KP community.
The Ideal: Innovation and Transfer
Innovation in the Kaiser Permanente Colorado Region: Where We've Been, Where We Are Going
Fail Often to Succeed Sooner: Adventures in Innovation
Practical Steps for Practice Transfer: The Four A's of Adoption
Stealing Shamelessly: Practice Transfer Success Factors
How to Find a Sponsor for Your Practice Innovation
Roundtable Discussion: Transfer of Successful Practices
Special Feature: A Focus on Innovation and Transfer
In an ideal situation, innovations would diffuse and transfer seamlessly throughout the program. Even though transfer is encouraged, its frequency is low. This special section introduces key concepts in diffusion, drawing upon the insights and experiences of KP physicians, nurses, and employees involved in various regional efforts to innovate and transfer successful practices.
Letters to the Editor
Soul of the Healer
The Old Farmhouse Looked Older
Pelican on the Pier
On the Cover