Feb 2007 Issue
Simple Strategies to Avoid Medication Errors [Feature]

The article describes practical ways physicians can reduce medication-related errors in their practices.

Oct 2006 Issue
How to Improve the Quality of Waived Tests [Feature]

The author, AAFP's proficiency testing manager, offers suggestions that help ensure quality in labs that perform waived tests.

Oct 2005 Issue
Reliability Science: Reducing the Error Rate in Your Practice [Feature]

The article explains the key principles of reliability science and how they can help reduce errors and increase safety and quality when applied to health care.

Jan 2005 Issue
Preparing Your Office for a Medical Emergency [Feature]

Practices can take practical steps to prepare the office and its staff for caring for a patient in the midst of a medical emergency, and this article outlines those steps.

Mar 2003 Issue
Maintaining a Medication List in the Chart [Improving Patient Care]

The article explains how a simple medication list can simplify charting and help physicians avoid medication errors; the author offers a sample medication list used in his practice.

Oct 2002 Issue
Good Medicine: E-Prescribing [Computers]

This article profiles one family practice's experience with electronic prescribing, describes the benefits and pitfalls of incorporating it into daily practice and addresses its usefulness as a tool for reducing prescription errors.

Jul-Aug 2002 Issue
20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors [Patient Education]

Jul-Aug 2002 Issue
Four Principles for Better Test-Result Tracking [Feature]

The article gathers best practices in tracking patients' test results to ensure they don't fall through the cracks.

Jul-Aug 2002 Issue
Prescription Writing to Maximize Patient Safety [Feature]

This article reviews two kinds of prescription-based medication errors ? distractions and distortions ? and suggests simple techniques to help physicians prevent such errors.

Jul-Aug 2002 Issue
Reducing Risks for Patients Receiving Warfarin [Feature]

The article looks at best practices in managing patients receiving warfarin therapy and describes systems that can be incorporated into readers' practices.

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