Preventive Medicine

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A Tool for Better Well-Woman Exams - Improving Patient Care

Encounter Forms for Better Preventive Visits - Feature

Making Sense of Preventive Medicine Coding - Feature

What's New in Medicare Preventive Benefits - Feature

Rewarding Failure - The Last Word

Preventive Medicine: Giving Patients the Hard Sell - Feature

Medical Care for Obese Patients: Advice for Health Care Professionals - Article

ABSTRACT: More than 60 percent of adults in the United States are overweight or obese, and obese persons are more likely to be ill than those who are not. Obesity presents challenges to physicians and patients and also has a negative impact on health status. Some patients who are obese may delay medical care because of concerns about disparagement by physicians and health care staff, or fear of being weighed. Simple accommodations, such as providing large-sized examination gowns and armless chairs, as well as weighing patients in a private area, may make the medical setting more accessible and more comfortable for obese patients. Extremely obese patients often have special health needs, such as lower extremity edema or respiratory insufficiency that require targeted evaluation and treatment. Although physical examination may be more difficult in obese patients, their disproportionate risk for some illnesses that are amenable to early detection increases the priority for preventive evaluations. Physicians can encourage improvements in healthy behaviors, regardless of the patient's desire for, or success with, weight loss treatment.

Implementing Preventive Care Flow Sheets - Improving Patient Care

Screening for Speech and Language Delay in Preschool Children: Recommendation Statement - U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

Cultural Aspects of Caring for Refugees - Medicine and Society

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