Spring 2001 - Volume 5 Number 2
Financing Clinical Trials Research at Kaiser Permanente.
KP is in a unique position to engage in industry-sponsored clinical trials because of its large, diverse, and representative population, access to that population, excellent data systems, and quality of patient care. Determining actual research costs is complex, and negotiating with industry takes time and experience. Kaiser Foundation Research Institute (KFRI) has developed a comprehensive system for costing clinical and research services and is prepared to provide support that includes budgeting for proposals and negotiating clinical research contracts.
Vohs Award Winner: Southern California West Los Angeles Sickle Cell Medical Care Program
Vohs Honorable Mention: The Kaiser Permanente Therapy Management Strategy.
Sleep-Eating and The Dynamics of Morbid Obesity, Weight Loss, and Regain of Weight in Five Patients
Starting with five vivid case histories, the underlying psychodynamics of this uncommon, fascinating phenomenon are explored. Practical implications for management of morbid obesity are discussed.
Patients Prefer Simple, Visual Asthma Self-Management Plan Forms
Written management protocols are an established component of childhood asthma self-management. The authors explored various formats in terms of patient and parent comprehension and preference, concluding that pictures, color, and ease of reading were important components of preference.
The Five Choices: State-of-the-Art Choices in Medical Therapy
A personal, practical approach to advising patients is described. The choices range from "standard" (closest to evidence-based) choices through "alternative" and strictly "palliative" treatment. Derived from experience with cancer patients, the approach has universal applicability.
Addressing the Challenge of New Medical Technologies: One Permanente Clinician's View--Part II
CPC Corner--Positive Results from Clinician-Patient Communication Programs at Kaiser Permanente: A Physician's View
Hospitalist Practice: An Increasingly Popular Model for Inpatient Care
High Overall Satisfaction: 2000/2001 Survey Results, and People Visiting TPJ Web Site in Thousands Each Month.
Changes in Caregiving: Transitioning from Working Independently to Working Together.
A Word From the Medical Directors
What Business Are We In?
Dr Al Weiland's experience last year in the Mid-Atlantic Region gave him insight into the importance of answering the question "What Business Are We In?" He describes the importance of the Kaiser Foundation Health Plans and the Permanente Medical Groups having a shared vision in this personal recounting of his experience in Mid-Atlantic and its parallels with the KPPG journey of the past five years.
A New Front in the Battle to Preserve Our Reputation
Abstracts of Articles authored or coauthored by Permanente clinicians
"Elder Rage or Take My Father Please! How To Survive Caring For Aging Parents"
"Field Guide to the Difficult Patient Interview"
"Infectious Disease Pearls"
Soul of the Healer
The Body Fable
"10 degrees south"