Summer 2005 - Volume 9 Number 3
Preparing for Successful Surgery: An Implementation Study
This overview of the implementation of a mind-body program for surgical patients discusses the program, its challenges, and its successes.
A Quarter Century of Hospice Care: The Southern California Kaiser Permanente Experience
As a pioneer in hospice care, the KP Southern California Region looks for ways to improve service and to overcome remaining barriers.
High-Quality Asthma Care: It's Not Just About Drugs
The importance of communication, mutual problem solving, and follow-up is emphasized in this thoughtful and important article on long-term asthma care.
Malnutrition in the Elderly: A Multifactorial Failure to Thrive
This presentation emphasizes the importance of taking a multidisciplinary approach that treats pathology and uses social and dietary forms of intervention when addressing malnutrition in the elderly.
Chronic Pain is a Chronic Condition, Not Just a Symptom
This second article in a continuing series on pain management emphasizes the importance of helping patients return to improved functioning and independence.
Bariatric Surgery in the KP Northwest Region: Optimizing Outcomes by Using a Multidisciplinary Program
This article describes the KPNW multidisciplinary bariatric surgery program and its short- and long-term success.
From Standardized Patient to Care Actor: Evolution of a Teaching Methodology
The history of the standardized patient in medical education is outlined as well as the progress to care actor and presents a framework for using the care actor to teach clinician-patient communication.
A case study illustrates the incidence of contrast-induced acute renal failure, its treatment, and its prevention.
Encountering Particulars: A Life in Medicine
Special Feature: Spirituality Symposium
At the Kaiser Permanente Primary Care Conference held in March 2005, a diverse panel met to illuminate the areas of mind, body, and spirit in clinical practice. This is a collection of excerpted and edited transcripts from this symposium including the question and answer panel discussion.
Letters to the Editor
Soul of the Healer
After a Solstice Storm
Ode to Physicians
On the Cover
Dorothy Faison, MBA, MFA (aka Dorothy Meder)