Care of Special Populations

May 1, 2021 Issue
Clinical Considerations in Caring for Transgender Athletes [Editorials]

Family physicians are in a unique position to care for transgender athletes, including providing preventive and gender-affirming care and addressing acute athletic injuries and chronic health concerns.

Nov 1, 2019 Issue
Care of the Military Veteran: Selected Health Issues [Article]

Most military veterans receive care from primary care physicians, and physicians should be informed about health concerns unique to the veteran population, particularly posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, and suicidality. Musculoskeletal injuries, chronic pain, mental health issues, traumatic brain injury, chemical and noise exposures, and infectious disease concerns are common in veterans.

Nov 1, 2019 Issue
Military Health History: Resources for Use at the Point of Care [Editorials]

Many clinicians outside of the VA or military are unaware of the importance of specific aspects of the military health history. The clinical expertise of health care professionals in the VA and military health systems can be leveraged to expand training opportunities.

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.

Aug 1, 2017 Issue
Patients with Disabilities: Avoiding Unconscious Bias When Discussing Goals of Care [Curbside Consultation]

False assumptions about patients' quality of life can affect prognosis, the treatment options that we present, and the types of referrals that we offer. In this case, the physician equated complex disability with terminal illness.

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.

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