Kaiser Permanente sponsors special supplemental issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine that addresses implementation & quality improvement sciences
Lucy Savitz, PhD, MBA
Gloria Coronado, PhD
Kaiser Permanente and the Center for Health Research (CHR) are pleased to announce the publication of the supplemental issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine on implementation science (IS) and quality improvement (QI). This issue, made possible through the generous support of Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Kaiser Permanente, and the Veterans Administration, marks the formal addition of IS/QI as an area of emphasis for JGIM. The journal is committed to be a venue not just for evidence-informed medicine and healthcare but also for evidence-informed implementation and quality-improvement.
The papers in this supplemental issue—which was edited by CHR Director and Kaiser Permanente Northwest Vice President of Health Research Lucy A. Savitz, MBA, PhD—present a range of theoretically-grounded, empirical findings, including trials, observational studies, literature reviews and perspectives on what this field has accomplished and where we can collectively advance. The supplement includes a paper authored by a team led by researchers from CHR, including Amanda Petrik, MPH; Jennifer Schneider, MPH; and Gloria Coronado, PhD. The paper describes how organizational factors impacted the extent to which health centers implemented an evidence-based, mailed colorectal cancer screening program. The study is part of the Strategies and Opportunities to Stop Colon Cancer in Priority Populations (STOP CRC) pragmatic trial.