ITEMS IN AFP WITH KEYWORD:
What can physicians do to address limited health literacy and be sure that patients understand health information? The answer is twofold: practicewide changes and individual communication changes.
News stories of gun violence have ignited the debate about what public health measures are appropriate for reducing the epidemic of gun injury and death. With the shooting rate climbing, primary care physicians may reasonably ask what role they can play in reducing injuries.
Office-based cosmetic procedures are in high demand in the United States. Cosmetic procedures are one of the possible ancillary service options for family physicians who enjoy performing procedures and choose to provide aesthetic care for their patients.
Caring for hospitalized patients and arranging their discharge plans have become increasingly complex. Primary care physicians should have a prominent role in the transition of their hospitalized patients.
Feb 1, 2014 Issue
The Impact of Personalized Risk Communication on Screening Decisions [Cochrane for Clinicians]
Patients presented with personalized risk information are more likely to make informed decisions about screening than patients who are presented with generic risk information. Individualizing risk appears to improve the accuracy of patients' risk perception and decrease anxiety.
Dec 1, 2013 Issue
Impact of Industry Sponsorship on Research Outcomes [Cochrane for Clinicians]
Are research studies sponsored by industry more likely to have favorable results and conclusions than studies without industry sponsorship?
Oct 1, 2013 Issue
General Health Checks for Reducing Morbidity and Mortality [Cochrane for Clinicians]
Although general health checks increase the number of new diagnoses, they do not decrease total, cardiovascular-related, or cancer-related morbidity or mortality. The studies in this Cochrane review have limited applicability to the current recommended practice of providing selective, evidence-based preventive services in primary care settings.
In the United States, 80 million adults have substantial difficulties with reading. Approximately 1.5 million adverse drug events occur each year. Clear and concise prescription writing and labeling, and confirming a patient's understanding of the instructions can help improve adherence and reduce medication errors.
Demoralization is a state of hopelessness and helplessness that is akin to, but separable from, depression.
Initially sponsored by nine medical specialty societies, the campaign consists of specialty-specific top-five lists of common tests and procedures that are often performed unnecessarily, when they are not likely to improve a patient's health. The primary focus of the campaign is to improve health ca...