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The annual installment of this series summarizes the top studies of 2018. These POEMs (patient-oriented evidence that matters) were highly rated by Canadian Medical Association members using a validated tool. Topics in this year’s group of studies include hypertension, treatment of infections, pain management, and behavioral medicine.
Through clinical and system-level interventions, family physicians can push back against the high cost of insulin and help patients with type 2 diabetes afford these essential medications.
Feb 1, 2019 Issue
Increased Quantity but Not Proportion: U.S. Medical Schools and Family Medicine Entry 2008 to 2018 [Graham Center Policy One-Pagers]
Expansion in the number of American medical schools since 2005 led to an absolute increase in graduates matching into family medicine (FM) residency programs from 2008 to 2018. Proportionally, however, FM training has become increasingly reliant on osteopathic physicians and U.S. citizens trained at...
AFP launches a new feature as a result of a collaboration with the Lown Institute. This new feature will promote a vision for delivering health care that is true to the evidence, balanced in its approach, and focused on the patient.
There is mounting evidence that point-of-care ultrasonography (POCUS) can help decrease the costs of care while improving patient access to care and safety.
Aug 1, 2018 Issue
High Demand, Low Supply: Health Centers and the Recruitment of Family Physicians [Graham Center Policy One-Pagers]
Expansion of the Health Centers Program has been associated with persistent workforce challenges for this critical component of the primary care safety net. In a national survey, 69% of health centers had a family physician (FP) vacancy. Those with FP vacancies reported spending an average of 11.4 m...
The latest installment of the top 20 research studies for primary care physicians includes studies on cardiovascular disease and hypertension, infections, diabetes mellitus, musculoskeletal problems, and cancer screening, among other topics. The five highest-rated practice guidelines are also summarized.
It is our responsibility as physicians to help our patients avoid interventions that are not helpful or, worse, potentially harmful.
Dec 15, 2017 Issue
Is "Precision Medicine" Ready to Use in Primary Care Practice? No: It Is Barely Ready for Testing [Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine]
Precision medicine is ultimately only a tool, and just as it might be used to facilitate better outcomes, if adopted prematurely, it may paradoxically increase inappropriate care. Therefore, primary care physicians must wait for carefully conducted randomized studies to demonstrate benefits before embracing it.
Dec 15, 2017 Issue
Is "Precision Medicine" Ready to Use in Primary Care Practice? Yes: It Offers Patients More Individualized Ways of Managing Their Health [Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine]
The question that primary care physicians should be considering is not whether precision medicine is ready for “prime time” in their practices. Rather, they should be considering how they will adjust their practice patterns to the changing landscape of medicine to maximize patient benefit while minimizing potential harms, including costs.