September/October 2015 Issue
Addressing Ambulatory Patient Safety in Your Practice [Feature]

Reducing errors in care requires establishing a culture of safety, systematic reporting, consistent follow-up, and sustained commitment.

May/June 2014 Issue
Safe Opioids [SPPACES: App Reviews]

The Safe Opioids app provides resources and tools to help clinicians safely prescribe opioid medications for pain.

March/April 2013 Issue
A Practical Guide to Emergency Preparedness for Office-Based Family Physicians [Feature]

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.

November/December 2011 Issue
Rethinking Your Approach to Prescription "Refills" [Feature]

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.

Mar-Apr 2009 Issue
Five Ways to Respond to a Medical Mistake [The Last Word]

You can make things right if you don’t give in to shame, defensiveness and fear.

Apr 2008 Issue
A Systematic Approach to Identifying Drug-Seeking Patients [Feature]

The article describes a systematic, team-based approach for identifying drug-seeking patients and reducing the misuse of prescription medications.

Jan 2008 Issue
Demystifying Computer Networks for Small Practices [Feature]

The authors outline considerations to keep in mind when deciding how to network computers in a small family practice.

Jul-Aug 2007 Issue
The Art of Apology: When and How to Seek Forgiveness [Feature]

The author offers advice on how and when family physicians should apologize to patients, with examples based on multiple scenarios.

Mar 2007 Issue
Avoiding Counterfeit Drugs [Patient Education]

Mar 2007 Issue
Helping Your Patients Avoid Counterfeit Medications [Feature]

The author describes strategies that physicians and their patients can use to identify and avoid counterfeit medications.

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