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Kaiser Permanente $2M Gun Research

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Posted on April 15 2018

 

Kaiser Permanente...

 

Arguably an American Healthcare Giant, if not the actual giant. Providing Healthcare to nearly 12 million Americans.

Here are some base line numbers for you:

 

 

Kaiser Permanente mission statement reads in part:

 

“Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health”

 

The aforementioned numbers, will help to better contextualize last week’s Kaiser Permanente announcement, it’s a big deal.

 

Kaiser Permanente Task Force..

 

...on Firearm Injury Prevention

 

KP’s press release announced: 

 

...’in 2016, firearm-related injuries claimed over 30,000 lives in America. Kaiser Permanente physicians and nurses treated more than 11,000 victims of gunshot wounds in 2016 and 2017.”  - Bechara Choucair, MD, EVP, CCH, 

 

”Going forward, we will study interventions to prevent gun injuries the same way we study cancer, heartdisease and other leading causes of preventable death in America," said Chucair MD.

Dr Chucair added: “The best-in-class preventive and specialized care Kaiser Permanente provides is accomplished, in part, by using rigorous research, without bias, to determine which strategies are effective."

 

The distinction here, is the rationale, methodology and purpose of the gun research:

  • “ addressing preventable gun-related injuries and death, whether by suicide, homicide or accident.” - task force co-chair Dr. Chucair

 

David C. Grossman, MD, MPH task force co-chair

 

  •  Leading gun injury expert
  • Expertise, pediatrics
  • October 2017 Published “How to keep guns and troubled teens safe”
  • February 2018 Published “Teens and suicide” 
  • February 2018 Published “Teens and gun safety”

 

“Our doctors and nurses, along with our safety net partners in the community, are on the front lines, every day, saving the lives of gunshot victims,” says David C. Grossman, MD, MPH...Grossman is a leading gun injury expert

According to this LA Times article, Dr. Grossman states the $2 million as a “down payment”, which is encouraging. Given the level of expertise and lack of gun research pursuant to the Dickey Amendment. See previous entry 

 

“Oftentimes, families and communities are left shattered. Our mission, to improve the health of Kaiser Permanente members and the communities we serve, requires us to take preventive action.”

 

By all appearances Kaiser’s new task force, will approach this research holistically. Versus in the vacuum of gun related deaths. Preventive care is always the best type care. If this research can help to better identify patterns/triggers where early intervention -may- prevent a mass shooting, I think that’s a good thing. Don’t you? 

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