Family Medicine

Jun 15, 2009 Issue
2008 World Health Report Emphasizes Importance of Primary Health Care [Editorials]

Mar 1, 2009 Issue
Medical Humanitarian Missions [Editorials]

May 1, 2008 Issue
Placebo and Placebo Effects: Practical Considerations, Ethical Concerns [Curbside Consultation]

First, it is important to define what is meant by “placebo”. Strictly, the term placebo, taken from the Latin “I shall please,” refers to any intervention, event, or experience that evokes positive subjective or objective outcomes in a patient (or research participant).

Oct 1, 2007 Issue
Responding to a Colleague Who Neglects Best Practices [Curbside Consultation]

The dilemma in the scenario concerns a colleague who displays a pattern of failing to perform the group's best practices.

Jul 1, 2007 Issue
Responses to Medical Students' Frequently Asked Questions About Family Medicine [Article]

This article provides answers to many questions medical students ask about the specialty of family medicine. It was developed through the collaborative efforts of several family medicine organizations, including the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, t...

Dec 1, 2006 Issue
Self-study Course in Epidemiology Now Available Through CDC Web Site [Practice Guidelines]

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) introductory self-study course, Principles of Epidemiology in Public Health Practice, 3rd ed., is now available online. The course provides an introduction to applied epidemiology and biostatistics.

Nov 15, 2006 Issue
Partnership for Prevention Ranks Preventive Services [Practice Guidelines]

The Partnership for Prevention conducted a study to accurately rank 25 preventive health care services. These rankings represent the most valuable preventive services and should be used to help physicians prioritize which services to emphasize with patients.

Aug 1, 2006 Issue
Usefulness of Online Medical Information [Curbside Consultation]

Patients are not trained to diagnose illnesses across a wide spectrum of diseases and are not familiar with presentations that physicians are trained to detect. However, patients are highly motivated to determine their diagnoses, are more intimately familiar with their own symptoms, and may have mor...

May 15, 2006 Issue
NCHS Publishes Personal Health Assessment Survey Results [Practice Guidelines]

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) published statistics on personal health assessment, reporting that American Indian/Alaskan Native and black adults were less likely than white or Asian adults to assess their health as excellent or very good.

Apr 1, 2006 Issue
Confronting a Colleague Who Covers Up a Medical Error [Curbside Consultation]

In the past, physicians had no formal medical ethics training and learned that the best way to deal with medical errors and possible malpractice lawsuits was to say as little as possible, deny everything, and never to apologize or acknowledge error. Today, physicians receive very different ethical and legal advice.

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