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...

Apr 1, 2002 Issue
Interviewing When Family Members Are Present [Article]

The presence of family members at an office visit creates unique opportunities and challenges for the physician while interviewing the patient. The physician must address issues of confidentiality, privacy, and agency. Special skills are required to respectfully and efficiently involve family member...

Jan 1, 2001 Issue
Spirituality and Medical Practice: Using the HOPE Questions as a Practical Tool for Spiritual Assessment [Article]

The relationship between spirituality and medicine has been the focus of considerable interest in recent years. Studies suggest that many patients believe spirituality plays an important role in their lives, that there is a positive correlation between a patient's spirituality or religious commitmen...

Mar 1, 2000 Issue
A 'Stages of Change' Approach to Helping Patients Change Behavior [Article]

Helping patients change behavior is an important role for family physicians. Change interventions are especially useful in addressing lifestyle modification for disease prevention, long-term disease management and addictions. The concepts of "patient noncompliance" and motivation often focus on pati...

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