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...

May 1, 1998 Issue
Psychotherapy in Primary Care: The BATHE Technique [Article]

The family physician occupies a front-line position in the detection and treatment of emotional problems and psychiatric illnesses. The practice pattern of the family physician necessitates an efficient, effective model of psychotherapy The BATHE technique is a brief psychotherapeutic method that ad...

Pages: Previous 1 2 3

Email Alerts

Don't miss a single issue. Sign up for the free AFP email table of contents.

Sign Up Now