Spring 2006 - Volume 10 Number 1
This issue of The Permanente Journal explores exciting new technologies, devices, tests, and drugs, and, at the same time, poses the questions rising from the many challenges these new
Institute for Culturally Competent Care: Clinicians' Needs Assessment 2005
This article describes the 2005 survey and the learnings gleaned from it.
A Successful Partnership to Help Reduce Health Disparities at Kaiser Permanente: The Institute for Culturally Competent Care and the Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia
This article describes the genesis evolution, and potential impact of an ongoing partnership between the KP school of Anesthesia and the California State University system in incorporating a formal cultural competence program.
Stereotactic Radiosurgery: Indications and Results -- Part 2
This second of two parts presents indications for this increasingly important option in the treatment of central nervous system disease and discusses results reported in the medical literature.
Predictive Value of the Rapid Whole Blood Agglutination D-Dimer Assay (AGEN SimpliRED) in Community Outpatients with Suspected Deep Venous Thrombosis
The efficacy of using d-dimer assay to diagnose suspected deep venous thrombosis is reviewed in this retrospective study that considered electronic medical record results of d-dimer assay and compression ultrasonography.
Snoring Versus Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Case Report
This case report examines the diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.
Pay-for-Performance: At Last or Alas?
This first in a series on health policy describes the pay-for-performance movement, its successes and downfalls.
Special Section - Spirit
Letters to the Editor
Soul of the Healer
On the Cover