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Date:10/1/2010

medical assistants or nurses call patients to schedule screening tests, and having pharmacists review patients' records for needed care when refilling medications. While the PST is a great tool to help physicians take better care of their patients it does not override shared decision making between the doctor and patient.

More research is necessary to optimize results and determine if patient outcomes improve with improved care delivery.

Authors on The American Journal of Managed Care study included: Adrianne Feldstein, MD, MS, Nancy A. Perrin, PhD, A. Gabriela Rosales, MS, Gregory A. Nichols, PhD, David H. Smith, RPh, MHA, PhD, and Jennifer Schneider, MPH of the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research; Robert Unitan, MD. Of Northwest Permanente, Carrie M. Davino, MD, and Nancy Louie Lee, RPh of Kaiser Permanente Northwest, ,Yvonne Zhou, PhD of Kaiser Permanente.

Authors on the Population Health study included: Yvonne Zhou, Jian J. Wang, MS, and Marianne Turley, PhD  from Analytics & Evaluation, HIT Transformation / Analytics, Kaiser Permanente; Robert Unitan, MD, and Homer Chin, MD of Northwest Permanente; and  Terhilda Garrido, MPH, and Linda Radler, MBA, of HIT Transformation / Analytics, Kaiser Permanente.

About the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research (http://www.kpchr.org)

Kaiser Permanente's Center for Health Research, founded in 1964, is a nonprofit research institution dedicated to advancing knowledge to improve health. It has research sites in Portland, Ore., Honolulu and Atlanta.

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America's leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our
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