Sep 15, 2012 Issue
The Spiritual Assessment [Article]

More than 80 percent of Americans perceive religion as important. Issues of belief can affect the health care encounter, and patients may wish to discuss spirituality with their physician. Many physicians report barriers to broaching the subject of spirituality, including lack of time and experience...

Oct 1, 2011 Issue
Interacting with Patients' Family Members During the Office Visit [Article]

The physician-patient relationship is part of the patient’s larger social system and is influenced by the patient’s family. A patient’s family member can be a valuable source of health information and can collaborate in making an accurate diagnosis and planning a treatment strategy during the office...

Feb 15, 2009 Issue
Realistic Approaches to Counseling in the Office Setting [Article]

Although it is often unrecognized, family physicians provide a significant amount of mental health care in the United States. Time is one of the major obstacles to providing counseling in primary care. Counseling approaches developed specifically for ambulatory patients and traditional psychotherapi...

Aug 1, 2008 Issue
Counseling About Proper Use of Motor Vehicle Occupant Restraints and Avoidance of Alcohol Use While Driving [U.S. Preventive Services Task Force]

This statement summarizes the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on counseling about the proper use of motor vehicle occupant restraints and avoidance of alcohol use while driving.

Mar 15, 2007 Issue
Disaster-Related Physical and Mental Health: A Role for the Family Physician [Article]

Natural disasters, technologic disasters, and mass violence impact millions of persons each year. The use of primary health care services typically increases for 12 or more months following major disasters. A conceptual framework for assisting disaster victims involves understanding the individual a...

Mar 1, 2007 Issue
Telephone Counseling Improves Smoking Cessation Rates [Cochrane for Clinicians]

Telephone counseling can improve long-term smoking cessation rates. Multiple proactive calls are more effective than a single reactive call.

Oct 1, 2006 Issue
A Practical Guide to Crisis Management [Article]

Family physicians often treat patients who are experiencing psychological or medical crises. Any event perceived as overwhelming by the patient may trigger a crisis reaction consisting of psychological and physiological symptoms. Physicians are encouraged to assist patients who are experiencing a cr...

Jul 1, 2006 Issue
Discussing Terminal Illness with a Patient [Curbside Consultation]

Communication training stresses that “breaking bad news” is more about listening and asking questions than it is about relaying information.

Oct 15, 2005 Issue
Supporting Self-management in Patients with Chronic Illness [Article]

Support of patient self-management is a key component of effective chronic illness care and improved patient outcomes. Self-management support goes beyond traditional knowledge-based patient education to include processes that develop patient problem-solving skills, improve self-efficacy, and suppor...

Aug 1, 2005 Issue
Child Safety Seat Counseling: Three Keys to Safety [Article]

The number one cause of death for children younger than 14 years is vehicular injury. Child safety seats and automobile safety belts protect children in a crash if they are used correctly, but if a child does not fit in the restraint correctly, it can lead to injury. A child safety seat should be us...

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