Care of Special Populations

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.

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.

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.

May 1, 2015 Issue
Caring for Muslim Patients Who Fast During Ramadan [Curbside Consultation]

A 68-year-old Muslim man who was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes mellitus presented for a routine health visit. His initial A1C level was 8.2%, which decreased to 6.7% after dietary changes, exercise, and treatment with metformin (Glucophage). He stated that he wanted to fast during Ramadan ...

Nov 1, 2014 Issue
Caring for Unaccompanied Minors from Central America [Curbside Consultation]

The surge of unaccompanied minors from Central America crossing the United States–Mexico border in recent months has made national headlines, creating an “urgent humanitarian situation.” The reasons for this migration are multifactorial, and the resultant politics are deeply complex.

Oct 1, 2014 Issue
Challenges and Opportunities in the Care of Asian American Patients [Curbside Consultation]

In cases such as this, patients are often told, “You don't need treatment now,” but they only hear, “You are fine.” Subsequent failure to follow up may result from a combination of issues related to health literacy, educational attainment, linguistic barriers, and cultural differences.

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