Family Medicine

Nov 15, 2018 Issue
Introducing Lown Right Care: Reducing Overuse and Underuse [Editorials]

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.

Aug 15, 2018 Issue
Point-of-Care Ultrasonography in Family Medicine [Editorials]

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...

May 1, 2018 Issue
Top 20 Research Studies of 2017 for Primary Care Physicians [Article]

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.

Apr 1, 2018 Issue
Putting Choosing Wisely into Practice [Editorials]

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.

Nov 1, 2017 Issue
AHRQ's Tools for Better Practice: Helping Family Physicians Manage Today's Challenges [Editorials]

The AHRQ invests in innovative primary care research to generate new knowledge, synthesize existing evidence that is applicable to the primary care setting, and create tools for improving primary care practice. They would like your feedback on the tools included in this article.

Aug 15, 2017 Issue
Health Literacy Tools in the Outpatient Setting [FPIN's Help Desk Answers]

Single-question screening tools regarding the need for help with understanding and completing medical forms and reading materials can be effective for detecting inadequate health literacy in the outpatient setting.

Jun 1, 2017 Issue
Acting on Social Determinants of Health: A Primer for Family Physicians [Editorials]

There is growing consensus that it is important to screen for social determinants of health in primary care and generate usable, actionable data to help physicians and practices build connections to community health resources.

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