Putting Prevention into Practice

This department offers a series of short reports and quizzes based on guidelines issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).

Feb 15, 2010 Issue
Screening for Asymptomatic Bacteriuria in Adults
Case study: D.C., a 27-year-old woman at 15 weeks' gestation, comes to your office for her first prenatal visit. She is accompanied by her 56-year-old mother, whom you treat for type 2 diabetes.

Jan 15, 2010 Issue
Universal Screening for Hearing Loss in Newborns
Case study: A 29-year-old patient gave birth to a healthy infant two days ago. You visit her and her newborn in the hospital where the first-time mother tells you that her baby is scheduled to have a hearing test in the newborn nursery.

Dec 1, 2009 Issue
Screening for Lipid Disorders in Adults
Case study: E.B. is a 50-year-old black woman who comes to your office for weight-loss counseling. She reports that her brother recently had a heart attack at 58 years of age. She does not smoke and takes no medications other than a daily multivitamin.

Nov 15, 2009 Issue
Screening for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Adults
Case study: A 50-year-old woman with a history of hyperlipidemia visits your office for a physical examination. Her blood pressure is 140/82 mm Hg, and her body mass index is 30 kg per m2.

Oct 15, 2009 Issue
Screening for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Using Spriometry
Case study: A 50-year-old woman presents for a routine check-up and medication refills. She has smoked a pack of cigarettes daily for more than 30 years but does not report chest pain or breathing problems.

Sep 15, 2009 Issue
Screening for Illicit Drug Use
Case study: An 18-year-old woman visits your office for routine prenatal care. She is in the first trimester of pregnancy and has had no notable medical problems. The physical examination is normal, and she expresses no concerns.

Jul 15, 2009 Issue
Screening for Gestational Diabetes Mellitus
Case study: A 29-year-old woman at 20 weeks' gestation visits your office for a routine prenatal examination. This is her second pregnancy, and she has gained 15 lb (6.8 kg). According to her medical record, the patient's prepregnancy body mass index (BMI) was 27 kg per m2. She mentions that her father was recently diagnosed with diabetes, and she asks whether she should be tested for diabetes.

Jun 15, 2009 Issue
Screening for High Blood Pressure
Case study: A.R. is a healthy 30-year-old man who recently obtained health insurance through his new job. His last physical examination was more than 10 years ago. Because you are a friend and a family physician, he asks you whether he should have his blood pressure checked.

May 15, 2009 Issue
Screening for Iron Deficiency Anemia-Including Iron Supplementation for Children and Pregnant Women
Case study: H.H., a 25-year-old woman, comes to your office with her six-month-old son during her first trimester of pregnancy. She is taking a prenatal vitamin and asks whether she should also take an iron supplement. There is a family history of anemia, and H.H. would like to be tested.

Apr 15, 2009 Issue
Screening for Bacterial Vaginosis in Pregnancy to Prevent Preterm Delivery
Case study: E.R., a 23-year-old Mexican-American woman, presents for her first prenatal visit after a positive home pregnancy test. Her last menstrual cycle was 12 weeks ago.

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