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FPIN's Help Desk Answers

Help Desk Answers from the Family Physicians Inquiries Network (FPIN) provide short, concise, evidence-based answers to clinical questions common in family medicine. The answers include a summary of the evidence and commentary that puts the answers into perspective.

Apr 1, 2019 Issue
Maternal Pertussis Vaccination During Pregnancy
Women should receive the Tdap vaccine during pregnancy regardless of previous immunization history. Infants whose mothers received prenatal immunization had 50% fewer cases of pertussis compared with those whose mothers received postpartum immunization.


Mar 1, 2019 Issue
Pharmacologic Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder
There is no pharmacotherapy regimen that improves the overall symptoms of borderline personality disorder. When used for six months or less, antipsychotics can improve paranoia, dissociation, mood lability, anger, and global functioning.


Feb 1, 2019 Issue
Antibiotic Prophylaxis for UTIs in Patients with Neurogenic Bladder
Daily antibiotic prophylaxis should not be used in patients with acute and nonacute spinal cord injuries.


Jan 1, 2019 Issue
Antibiotic Prophylaxis for Severe Acute Pancreatitis
No, antibiotic prophylaxis does not decrease mortality in patients with severe acute pancreatitis, defined as pancreatitis associated with pancreatic necrosis.


Dec 1, 2018 Issue
Wearable Devices for Weight Loss


Nov 1, 2018 Issue
Epidural Analgesia and Risk of Cesarean Delivery
There is no difference in the risk of cesarean delivery in women who receive epidural analgesia before 4 to 5 cm cervical dilation compared with later dilation.


Oct 1, 2018 Issue
Therapist-Guided, Internet-Delivered Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Anxiety
Therapist-guided, Internet-delivered CBT can be used as an effective treatment for anxiety in adults and is similar in effectiveness to face-to-face CBT.


Sep 1, 2018 Issue
Effect of Dietary Changes on IBS Symptoms
A diet low in fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols (FOD-MAPs) decreases IBS symptoms and improves quality of life compared with usual diet.


Aug 1, 2018 Issue
Diagnosis of Acute Coronary Syndrome
The best test to diagnose ACS is a risk score based on a clinical prediction rule such as the HEART (history, electrocardiography, age, risk factors, troponin level) or TIMI (Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction) risk score, which have positive likelihood ratios (LR+'s) of 13 and 6.8, respectively.


Aug 1, 2018 Issue
Treatment Duration for Etonogestrel Implant
The etonogestrel subdermal implant is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for contraception for up to three years, but it seems to be effective for up to five years.


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