Close-Ups focus on the personal side of medicine. A patient's story, told in his or her own words, is accompanied by commentary from the patient's physician and resources to help physicians and patients. The goal is to keep the focus on the person, not just the illness, and the nuances of the doctor-patient relationship.

Mar 15, 2016 Issue
Bell Palsy: A Frightening Symptom Can Lead to Unnecessary Testing
Anxiety and fear surrounding a clinical diagnosis like Bell palsy can lead to requests for increased testing or frequent patient encounters.

Jan 1, 2016 Issue
Making Lifestyle Changes After Gastric Bypass
Family physicians are well positioned to counsel and support patients making lifestyle changes before and after bariatric surgery.

Dec 1, 2015 Issue
Family History, Social Media, and a Diagnostic Surprise
Social media and the Internet can be valuable resources for patients, especially for those who have been estranged from their families.

Oct 1, 2015 Issue
A Family Physician Confronts Parkinson Disease
Education about promising physical therapies and treatments that may be on the horizon can be a source of encouragement for physicians and patients alike when facing a diagnosis of Parkinson disease.

Aug 1, 2015 Issue
Beyond Meaningful Use: Reconciling Medications
Even though a certain medication may be listed in the electronic health record, it doesn't mean that the patient is actually taking it.

May 15, 2015 Issue
Losing Weight and Motivating Others
Family physicians play a crucial role in bringing back hope and optimism to patients who are seeking to lose weight.

Apr 1, 2015 Issue
A Family's Experience with Perinatal Palliative Care
A team of family doctors and nurses who offer maternity care helped two parents focus on what matters most to their family after a heartbreaking diagnosis.

Jan 15, 2015 Issue
More Than a Rash: Skin Disease and Quality of Life
Pityriasis rubra pilaris, like its mimic psoriasis, can have emotional and social effects.

Dec 1, 2014 Issue
Group Medical Visits for Chronic Diseases
Patients with diabetes form supportive relationships through group medical visits and learn to take control of their health care goals.

Oct 1, 2014 Issue
To Whipple or Not: Choices in Cancer Treatment
Surviving 10 months after a pancreatic cancer diagnosis, a patient decides whether or not he should undergo the Whipple procedure, a potential cure.

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