Doctor-Patient Relationships

Aug 01, 2021 Issue
Fallacies and Dangers of Practicing Race-Based Medicine [Editorials]

Race does not have a biologic definition, but rather a political and social one that is fluid and independent of science. Nevertheless, the medical community uses race as a scientific variable in several prominent clinical situations, including calculation of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease r...

Jun 15, 2021 Issue
Poor Physician-Patient Communication and Medical Error [Lown Right Care: Reducing Overuse and Underuse]

A collaboration between AFP and the Lown Institute promotes a vision of delivering health care that is based on the evidence, balanced in its approach, and focused on the patient.

May 1, 2021 Issue
Identifying and Addressing Vicarious Trauma [Curbside Consultation]

Vicarious trauma is part of a spectrum of responses to trauma exposure, including secondary traumatic stress, caregiver fatigue, compassion fatigue, and burnout. These conditions have varying definitions and categorizations, with overlapping symptoms, diagnostic criteria, and management strategies.

Mar 1, 2021 Issue
Better Primary Care Continuity Is Associated with Lower Mortality Risk [POEMs]

Most studies in this systematic review found a protective effect of greater primary care continuity and all-cause mortality.

May 15, 2020 Issue
The Older Driver [Curbside Consultation]

Advancing age on its own is not a reason to stop driving. The ability to drive may enable older adults to maintain family and social interactions and to promote independence by accessing community resources, services, and volunteer opportunities.

Mar 1, 2020 Issue
Emotional Support Animals: Considerations for Documentation [Curbside Consultation]

Companion animals are increasingly viewed as part of the family, and studies show many mental and physical benefits of pet ownership. Federal regulations require patients to obtain health care professional documentation for emotional support animals to allow these animals to accompany the owner on a...

Feb 15, 2020 Issue
U.S. Policies and Their Effects on Immigrant Children’s Health [Editorials]

Immigrant children are a vulnerable group, requiring special protections under U.S. and international law. Compared with nonimmigrant children, they face additional dangers to their physical and mental health that stem directly from immigration policies, including the right to asylum, detention and ...

Nov 1, 2019 Issue
Physician Burnout and Stress While Interacting with Patients [Curbside Consultation]

Physicians, especially family physicians, face multiple stressors in modern medicine that can lead to disillusionment and burnout, which occur when the reality of practicing medicine does not match physicians' previous naive expectations.

Nov 1, 2019 Issue
The Effectiveness of Outpatient Telehealth Consultations [Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care Reviews]

Telehealth consultations improve clinical outcomes in the areas of wound care, psychiatry, and certain chronic conditions.

Sep 1, 2019 Issue
Communicating Risk to Patients Who Get Their Information from the Internet [Curbside Consultation]

What can physicians do when our patients act on findings from the internet?

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