Summer 2005 - Volume 9 Number 3

Clinical Medicine

Preparing for Successful Surgery: An Implementation Study
Manuel Diaz, MD; Brad Larsen, CRNA
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
Mario Milch, MD; Richard D Brumley, MD
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
Harold J Farber, MD
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
Carol Evans, RNP, MS, M
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
Christine E Whitten, MD; Kristene Cristobal, MS
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
Keith H Bachman, MD; Brenda Buck, RD; Julie Hanna, LCSW; Tamara J Mucha, PT; Mary Lou Greenwood, RN, BSN; David Moiel, MD
This article describes the KPNW multidisciplinary bariatric surgery program and its short- and long-term success.

Health Systems

From Standardized Patient to Care Actor: Evolution of a Teaching Methodology
James T Hardee, MD; Ilene K Kasper, MS
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.

Case Study

Corridor Consult
How Can We Reduce the Incidence of Contrast-Induced Acute Renal Failure?
Baudelio Herrada, MD; Jay Agarwal, MD; Antoine C Abcar, MD
A case study illustrates the incidence of contrast-induced acute renal failure, its treatment, and its prevention.


Healing Metabolism: A Naturopathic Medicine Perspective on Achieving Weight Loss and Long-Term Balance
Elizabeth Sutherland, ND

Encountering Particulars: A Life in Medicine
Anna Luise Kirkengen, MD, PhD


Health & Healing Overview

Narrative Medicine

A Symposium on Meditation, Prayer and Spiritual Healing

Meditation, Prayer and Spiritual Healing: The Evidence


Spiritual Moments

Pastoral Spiritual Care

Spirituality in the Medical Encounter: The Grace of Presence

Spirituality Symposium: Panel Discussion

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

From our Readers

Book Reviews

Consciousness and Healing: Integral Approaches to Mind-Body Healing

ACP Medicine

Soul of the Healer

Nandini Bakshi, MD

Sunset Modified
John Davenport, MD, JD

After a Solstice Storm
Marie Mulligan, MD

Causa Mortis
Dorothy Faison

Ode to Physicians
Tom Janisse, MD

Beverly Brott, MD

Nil Admirari
Dorothy Faison

On the Cover

Dorothy Faison, MBA, MFA (aka Dorothy Meder)


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