Care of Special Populations

Jan 15, 2019 Issue
Primary Care for Persons Who Inject Drugs [Article]

More than 750,000 persons in the United States inject drugs, a number that is increasing sharply because of the opioid epidemic. Nonjudgmental inquiries about current drug use can uncover information about readiness for addiction treatment and identify modifiable risk factors for complications of drug use. Preventive care such as infectious disease screening and treatment, vaccinations, and harm reduction interventions can reduce morbidity and mortality in persons who inject drugs.

Dec 1, 2018 Issue
The Responsibility of Family Physicians to Our Transgender Patients [Editorials]

To mitigate the health disparities experienced by transgender persons, family physicians must use the resources available to take the lead in meeting the medical and social needs of these patients.

Nov 15, 2018 Issue
Care of Incarcerated Patients [Article]

A systematic approach to urgent, routine, and preventive care for persons in jails and prisons creates a healthier correctional environment and a healthier community after they are released. Continuity of care after release is important, because these persons face distinct challenges in finding housing and employment, reconnecting with family members, abstaining from substance use, and avoiding a return to prison.

Jul 15, 2017 Issue
Refugee Mental Health: A Primary Care Approach [Editorials]

A review of the refugee resettlement process and the clinical aspects of caring for patients who have experienced war, conflict, violence, and threats.

Jul 15, 2017 Issue
Primary Care for Refugees: Challenges and Opportunities [Article]

Find out their most pressing needs, how to help them overcome barriers to health care, and which recommended screening tests and vaccinations to administer.

Jun 1, 2017 Issue
Acting on Social Determinants of Health: A Primer for Family Physicians [Editorials]

There is growing consensus that it is important to screen for social determinants of health in primary care and generate usable, actionable data to help physicians and practices build connections to community health resources.

Mar 1, 2017 Issue
Addressing the Needs of LGBT Patients [Editorials]

Negative interactions with the health care system are a major barrier to medical care for women who have sex with women. Clinicians should train office staff about health concerns unique to LGBT communities and the importance of maintaining confidentiality about sexual orientation and identity.

Jan 15, 2017 Issue
Taking Care of Disadvantaged Patients [Curbside Consultation]

No single person can be responsible for the health of a population. However, there are a number of strategies for taking care of members of disadvantaged populations. These range from targeted compassion and interventions for the individual patient to broad advocacy for disadvantaged groups.

Jul 15, 2015 Issue
Health Literacy in Primary Care Practice [Article]

Physicians often overestimate the health literacy of patients. Implementing universal health literacy precautions for all patients is the best approach to improving communication and outcomes for patients. Learn strategies to promote health literacy in your practice.

Jun 15, 2015 Issue
Preventive Health Care for Men Who Have Sex with Men [Article]

Learn how to provide culturally competent, comprehensive health care that addresses mental health issues, immunizations, sexual practices, and screening for sexually transmitted infections.

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