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Reducing errors in care requires establishing a culture of safety, systematic reporting, consistent follow-up, and sustained commitment.
The Safe Opioids app provides resources and tools to help clinicians safely prescribe opioid medications for pain.
Commenting that emergency preparedness often gets short shrift in the family medicine office, the authors describe the program they have implemented in their practice -- a program designed to ensure that every staff member knows what to do in case of an emergency, that necessary medications and equipment are at hand and that dealing with patient emergencies disrupts office flow as little as possible.
The authors recommend avoidance of automated or clerically mediated "refill" programs that allow patients to get prescriptions renewed without a physician visit; they emphasize the clinical and medicolegal importance of prescribing only in the context of a face-to-face visit.
You can make things right if you don’t give in to shame, defensiveness and fear.
The article describes a systematic, team-based approach for identifying drug-seeking patients and reducing the misuse of prescription medications.
The authors outline considerations to keep in mind when deciding how to network computers in a small family practice.
The author offers advice on how and when family physicians should apologize to patients, with examples based on multiple scenarios.
The author describes strategies that physicians and their patients can use to identify and avoid counterfeit medications.