ITEMS IN FPM ON TOPIC:
The article explains the merits of dictating notes in the exam room with the patient present, as a way to increase efficiency and improve patient care.
The article describes an enrollment interview or family conference, which the author uses to introduce prospective patients to the practice and to lay the groundwork for a positive, long-term doctor-patient relationship.
This article discusses opportunities in the media for physicians to address health care topics to a wide audience. It explains how to prepare for interviews and how to impart clear, relevant medical information to the public in a short amount of time or space.
The article describes how family physicians can assist patients through the mourning process and provides a patient education handout.
Patient education piece designed to help the patient understand the responsibilities of the pharmacy, the physician and the patient when it comes to filling, refilling and paying for prescribed drugs.
Patient education piece designed to help the patient identify the kind of managed care plan he is a member of.
The article discusses conflicts between medical necessity (what patients need as well as what they want but don't need) and medical benefit (what their insurance policies cover and don't cover) and the problems this creates for family physicians and their patients. The article will include a handout for patients and strategies for physicians who find themselves stuck in the middle of these conflicts.