Care of Special Populations

Oct 1, 2006 Issue
The Homeless in America: Adapting Your Practice [Article]

In 2004, the National Guidelines Clearinghouse placed eight guidelines from the National Health Care for the Homeless Council on its Web site. Seven of the guidelines are on specific disease processes and one is on general care. In addition to straightforward clinical decision making, the guidelines...

Jul 15, 2006 Issue
Primary Care for Lesbians and Bisexual Women [Article]

For the most part, lesbians and bisexual women face the same health issues as heterosexual women, but they often have difficulty accessing appropriate care. Physicians can improve care for lesbians and bisexual women by acknowledging the potential barriers to care (e.g., hesitancy of physicians to i...

May 1, 2006 Issue
ACOG Recommendations for Improving Care of Homeless Women [Practice Guidelines]

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Committee on Health Care for Underserved Women has released recommendations to improve health care of homeless women.

Dec 1, 2005 Issue
Cross-Cultural Medicine [Article]

Cultural competency is an essential skill for family physicians because of increasing ethnic diversity among patient populations. Culture, the shared beliefs and attitudes of a group, shapes ideas of what constitutes illness and acceptable treatment. A cross-cultural interview should elicit the pati...

Aug 15, 2005 Issue
AAP Policy on Caring for Immigrant, Migrant, and Homeless Children [Practice Guidelines]

Aug 15, 2005 Issue
CDC Recommendations on Lead Poisoning in Refugee Children [Practice Guidelines]

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released recommendations on identifying and treating lead exposure in refugee children.

Aug 1, 2005 Issue
Health Literacy: The Gap Between Physicians and Patients [Article]

Health literacy is basic reading and numerical skills that allow a person to function in the health care environment. Even though most adults read at an eighth-grade level, and 20 percent of the population reads at or below a fifth-grade level, most health care materials are written at a 10th-grade ...

Jun 1, 2004 Issue
Using Medical Interpreters [Curbside Consultation]

Many physicians are facing a similar dilemma because the Hispanic population is growing rapidly, and Spanish is the preferred language for many Hispanic people. The use of interpreters is a multifaceted issue.

May 1, 2004 Issue
Health Care Screening for Men Who Have Sex with Men [Article]

Men who have sex with men often do not reveal their sexual practices or sexual orientation to their physician. Lack of disclosure from the patient, discomfort or inadequate training of the physician, perceived or real hostility from medical staff, and insufficient screening guidelines limit preventi...

Jun 1, 2001 Issue
Dealing with Adolescent Latino Patients [Curbside Consultation]

Latinos are now the largest minority group in the United States, so this scenario is one that many physicians are likely to face in their practices. How, in the face of substantial cultural and language barriers, can we effectively address adolescent health issues in this high-risk population?

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