• Emergency Department intervention for head trauma reduces CT use

    July 21, 2017
    PASADENA, Calif., — Implementing a decision support tool for the use of computed tomography for adult head injuries resulted in reduced CT use and allowed for better identification of injuries, according to a new Kaiser Permanente study published today in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. This study examined the use of the Canadian CT Head Rule (known ...
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  • Safer and more appropriate opioid prescribing: Kaiser Permanente’s comprehensive approach

    July 19, 2017
    The United States is in the midst of a public health epidemic, with more than 40 people dying each day from prescription opioid overdoses. Health care systems are implementing policy and practice interventions in an effort to address the opioid overdose epidemic. Kaiser Permanente’s Safe and Appropriate Opioid Prescribing Program was implemented in 2010, and ...
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  • For Patients With Positive Fecal Screening Test, Sooner is Better for Follow-Up Colonoscopy

    April 25, 2017
    The risk of colorectal cancer increased significantly when colonoscopy was delayed by more than nine months following a positive fecal screening test, according to a large Kaiser Permanente study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. “With this study we have strong evidence that a colonoscopy should be performed within several months of ...
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