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Feb 1, 2012 Issue
Primary and Subspecialty Care: Building a Collaborative Relationship [Curbside Consultation]
For the referring physician, proper etiquette includes identifying the clinical reason for the referral, confirming the appropriateness with respect to the subspecialty, providing the subspecialist with accurate and timely information, and maintaining an open and effective line of communication.
Nov 1, 2011 Issue
Flaws in Clinical Reasoning: A Common Cause of Diagnostic Error [Curbside Consultation]
Many medical errors have been identified as systemic and addressed with interventions, such as checklists. However, a substantial number of errors that occur in diagnosis and treatment are attributed to flaws in clinical reasoning.
Family physicians and other primary care physicians have a vital role in protecting our patients and our nation against bioterrorism. Passive surveillance is the early warning system for naturally occurring outbreaks, and for bioterrorism events. An astute physician who diagnoses a reportable illnes...
Sometimes it may seem easier to inject a subacromial bursa or aspirate a knee joint than to engage in shared decision making with your patients about the use of aspirin for coronary artery disease prevention or a PSA test for prostate cancer screening. The path that led to the disparate valuations o...
In 1973, the American Medical Association defined the impaired physician as one who is unable to fulfill professional and personal responsibilities because of a psychiatric illness, alcoholism, or drug dependency. Physicians face the challenge of being able to identify impairment in their colleagues and, most importantly, in themselves.
As a general rule, it is preferable to give test results to your patients in person.