Evidence-Based Medicine

Sep 15, 2014 Issue
Top 20 Research Studies of 2013 for Primary Care Physicians [Article]

Which studies did your colleagues select as the top primary-care research articles of 2013? Topics cover cardiovascular, respiratory, and renal disease, among others.

Mar 1, 2014 Issue
More Ways to Improve Health and Reduce Harm: Choosing Wisely Phase 3 [Editorials]

This campaign has resulted in more than 200 key clinical recommendations to help promote best practices and avoid unnecessary and potentially harmful medical interventions.

Mar 1, 2014 Issue
Podcasts of the POEMs Featured in AFP Are Now Available [Editorials]

Insightful discussions about POEMs published in AFP are available as a free podcast via iTunes.

Dec 1, 2013 Issue
When Medicine Reverses Itself: Avoiding Practice Pitfalls [Editorials]

Educating our patients, applying evidence judiciously, and avoiding undue influences will help us avoid the pitfalls of the ever-changing practice of medicine.

Oct 1, 2013 Issue
Do Abstracts of Articles in Major Journals Contain the Same Information as the Body of the Paper? [AFP Journal Club]

Physicians should not rely on article abstracts when deciding whether a therapy is good. Abstracts often have misleading information and conclusions. It's important to read the body of the article.

Sep 15, 2013 Issue
Top 20 Research Studies of 2012 for Primary Care Physicians [Article]

This is the second annual summary of top research studies in primary care. In 2012, through regular surveillance of more than 100 English-language clinical research journals, seven clinicians identified 270 studies with the potential to change primary care practice, called POEMs, or patient-oriented...

Aug 1, 2013 Issue
Choosing Wisely: More Good Clinical Recommendations to Improve Health Care Quality and Reduce Harm [Editorials]

The Choosing Wisely campaign provides key clinical recommendations for physicians and patients that promote best practices and help avoid unnecessary medical interventions.

Jul 15, 2013 Issue
Pulmonary Embolism Rule-Out Criteria: A Clinical Decision Rule That Works [AFP Journal Club]

A number of clinical decision rules have been released recently. The PERC rule is an example of one that works well because it was derived from a large number of patients, and it was internally and externally validated.

Nov 1, 2012 Issue
Top 20 Research Studies of 2011 for Primary Care Physicians [Article]

In 2011, through regular surveillance of more than 100 English-language research journals, a group of seven clinicians identified approximately 250 studies with the potential to improve the practice of primary care physicians and the outcomes of patients (designated as POEMs [patient-oriented eviden...

Sep 15, 2012 Issue
How Do Clinical Practice Guidelines Go Awry? [AFP Journal Club]

Many guidelines are dominated by recommendations from experts and are not based on sound clinical studies. The development of clinical practice guidelines needs to be transparent and devoid of commercial, financial, and political influences. Physicians should also be wary of outdated guidelines.

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