AAFP.org Search Help & Advanced Search

Searching AAFP websites

  • Type your search term(s) in the search box and press enter or click the search icon.
  • On the search results page, narrow your results by selecting the desired option(s) from the menu in the left column.

Search options

Word exclusion: To exclude a word from your search, add a hyphen with no space in front of word(s) to be excluded (e.g. diabetes -gestational).

Phrase searches: Search for an exact phrase by enclosing the phrase in quotation marks.

Search by section

AAFP News - Search AAFP News, the official news publication of the AAFP.

American Family Physician - Search American Family Physician, the peer reviewed clinical journal of the AAFP. Use advanced search options including search in title, search by author, or search by department. 

Family Practice Management - Search Family Practice Management, the practice management journal of the AAFP. Use advanced search options including search in title, search by author, or search by department. 

Patient Education(sitesearch.familydoctor.org) - Search patient education on familydoctor.org, the patient education website of the AAFP.

Search the section of the site you're currently in

Select radio button next to the desired section title that appears after you place your cursor in the search field. 

To search by section, click in the search box, then select the radio button next to the desired section.

Search result legend

An example search result is shown below with an explanation of each item. 

Advanced search operators

AAFP.org supports several search operators. When using search operators, do not add a space between the search operator and the search term. To use multiple words with a search operator, use a + sign between words. You may combine search operators with search terms of your choice. 

Search Operator
Description
Examples
Search Operator: title:
Description: Restricts results to pages that contain the search term(s) in the title. For multiple words, use a + sign between words.
Examples:

title:advocacy

title:diabetes+mellitus

Search Operator: desc:
Description: Restricts results to pages that contain the search term in the meta/page description.
Examples: desc:cme
Search Operator: author:Description: Search American Family Physician or Family Practice Management articles by author.Examples: author:Jay+Siwek
Search Operator: filetype:Description: Restricts results to documents of specificed filetype, including PDF, DOC, XLS, PPT.Examples:

filetype:pdf

filetype:xls icd-9

Search Operator: pubdate:
Description: Restricts results to pages that were published on the date entered.
Examples: pubdate:2011-11-15
Search Operator: url:
Description: Restricts results to pages that contain the URL entered.
Examples: url:news/health-of-the-public