AFP DEPARTMENT COLLECTION

Putting Prevention into Practice

This department offers a series of short reports and quizzes based on guidelines issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).

Mar 15, 2020 Issue
Medication Use to Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer
E.F., a 40-year-old woman, comes to your office for a routine gynecologic visit. She is not taking any medications and is generally healthy. She is sexually active, and her last menstrual period started 10 days ago.


Feb 15, 2020 Issue
Risk Assessment, Genetic Counseling, and Genetic Testing for BRCA-Related Cancer
A 31-year-old woman presents to your office for a well-woman examination. She is sexually active in a monogamous relationship and has never been pregnant. She tells you that her mother was diagnosed with tubal cancer at age 40 and that her sister, who is 42 years of age, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.


Jan 15, 2020 Issue
Screening for Hepatitis B Virus in Pregnant Women
A 33-year-old U.S.-born pregnant clinician comes to your office for a first prenatal visit. Her most recent menstrual period was six weeks ago, and she has been taking prenatal vitamins for the past eight weeks. She was pregnant once more than two years ago, and at the time she screened negative for the hepatitis B virus (HBV).


Dec 15, 2019 Issue
Screening for Pancreatic Cancer
A 71-year-old woman comes to your office for a regularly scheduled visit. She has type 2 diabetes mellitus and a 50-pack-year smoking history, and had non-ulcer dyspepsia two years ago. Her body mass index is 32 kg per m2, and her blood pressure is normal.


Nov 15, 2019 Issue
Screening for HIV Infection and Preexposure Prophylaxis for the Prevention of HIV Infection
J.S., a 29-year-old transgender woman, presents for her first maintenance visit with a new family physician. It has been three years since her previous visit with a primary care physician. She has no chronic illnesses, stopped using tobacco products four years ago, and reports that she has never used illicit substances.


Sep 15, 2019 Issue
Interventions to Prevent Perinatal Depression
A 25-year-old woman presents to your office after having recently missed her period. A urine pregnancy test confirms that she is pregnant. She takes acyclovir for suppression of genital herpes, which she acquired as a teenager. She reports a history of depression and sexual abuse during adolescence. She states that her mood has been fine lately and that she is no longer taking an antidepressant.


Jun 15, 2019 Issue
Screening and Behavioral Counseling Interventions to Reduce Unhealthy Alcohol Use in Adolescents and Adults
A 20-year-old male with a history of exercise-induced asthma presents to your office for his yearly physical. He is a student at the local university and is on the university fencing team. When asked about his classwork, he expresses that college is going okay but can be stressful sometimes.


May 15, 2019 Issue
Screening for Intimate Partner Violence, Elder Abuse, and Abuse of Vulnerable Adults
A.F., a 32-year-old woman, presents for a health maintenance visit. It has been more than a year since she was last seen. She has no significant medical history and has never used tobacco, alcohol, or any other substances.


Apr 15, 2019 Issue
Behavioral Weight Loss Interventions to Prevent Obesity-Related Morbidity and Mortality in Adults
A.C., a 32-year-old woman, presents for her annual wellness visit. She recently had blood work completed that showed normal glucose and lipid levels. Her blood pressure is 124/76 mm Hg, weight is 221.8 lb (100.6 kg), height is 5 feet 6 inches (172 cm), and body mass index (BMI) is 34 kg per m2; examination of her heart and lungs is normal.


Mar 15, 2019 Issue
Screening for Atrial Fibrillation with Electrocardiography
M.T. is a 67-year-old woman who presents to your office requesting electrocardiography (ECG). Her brother was recently diagnosed with atrial fibrillation after screening with ECG, and she is concerned that she may have the same condition.


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