AFP DEPARTMENT COLLECTION
Close-Ups focus on the personal side of medicine. A patient's story, told in his or her own words, is accompanied by commentary from the patient's physician and resources to help physicians and patients. The goal is to keep the focus on the person, not just the illness, and the nuances of the doctor-patient relationship.
May 15, 2018 Issue
Persons with Disabilities: I'm the Expert About My Body
Physicians can improve access to health care for patients with disabilities by listening to patients and their supporters, making reasonable accommodations, and advocating for patients.
Apr 1, 2018 Issue
Helping Patients Live with Chronic Pain
Providing high-quality, patient-centered care for those living with chronic pain includes developing a good understanding of the many ways the pain affects their lives are affected by their symptoms and validating their concerns and feelings.
Feb 1, 2018 Issue
Opioids for Acute Pain: Proceed with Caution
Physicians should consider nonopioid options for postsurgery pain to avoid the unpleasant effects of of withdrawal and risk of dependence.
Dec 1, 2017 Issue
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: An Often Silent and Delayed Diagnosis
History of a collapse can be the first and only indication of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. This athlete's story is a reminder that during preparticipation sports examinations, a detailed history may provide the only clue to a potentially lethal underlying cardiac condition.
Aug 15, 2017 Issue
Accepting Family Care in Chronic Illness
A story of two sisters: one with a chronic illness, the other a family caregiver. They emphasize close listening, the tuned-in give-and-take in response to a loved one's changing needs.
Jun 15, 2017 Issue
Paradoxical Insomnia: Misperception of Sleep Can Be a Tormenting Experience
Patients with this relatively uncommon form of insomnia have a marked propensity to underestimate sleep duration and overestimate wakefulness relative to polysomnographic measures.
Feb 1, 2017 Issue
Physician's Friendship Eases Pain After Pregnancy Loss
In rural communities, physicians and their patients are uniquely bonded. These relationships can be a source of encouragement and healing.
Dec 15, 2016 Issue
Needle Phobia: A Vasovagal Response During Acupuncture
A vasovagal response can be so severe that patients begin to fear the debilitating effects of syncope almost more than the needles themselves.