• Kaiser Permanente research fuels smarter medicine

    The Department of Research & Evaluation’s 2015 Annual Report details, through stories and statistics, how the connections between research and clinical practice result in smarter medicine at Kaiser Permanente. “Our research studies span the full spectrum of care, from prevention to treatment and beyond,” wrote Senior Director of Research Steven J. Jacobsen, MD, PhD, in the ...
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  • Improving Care Through Research: Combating Antibiotic Overuse

    Thanks to their bacteria-fighting abilities, antibiotics have been important in combating serious diseases such as tuberculosis, as well as more common conditions such as ear infections. However, as useful and effective as antibiotics are, taking them when they are not necessary can be harmful. The problem often can be traced to patients who think antibiotics ...
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  • Collaborative Care Model Improves Physical and Mental Health

    By Dani K. Dodge Medlin Coordinating patients’ diabetes and cardiovascular treatment with mental health care can reduce depression while improving patients’ glucose and blood pressure numbers. Kaiser Permanente Southern California and Kaiser Permanente Colorado were among the 18 medical groups that participated in a nationwide initiative called COMPASS (Care of Mental, Physical and Substance-use Syndromes). The initiative ...
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