Family Medicine

Oct 1, 2007 Issue
Responding to a Colleague Who Neglects Best Practices [Curbside Consultation]

The dilemma in the scenario concerns a colleague who displays a pattern of failing to perform the group's best practices.

Jul 1, 2007 Issue
Responses to Medical Students' Frequently Asked Questions About Family Medicine [Article]

This article provides answers to many questions medical students ask about the specialty of family medicine. It was developed through the collaborative efforts of several family medicine organizations, including the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, t...

Dec 1, 2006 Issue
Self-study Course in Epidemiology Now Available Through CDC Web Site [Practice Guidelines]

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) introductory self-study course, Principles of Epidemiology in Public Health Practice, 3rd ed., is now available online. The course provides an introduction to applied epidemiology and biostatistics.

Nov 15, 2006 Issue
Partnership for Prevention Ranks Preventive Services [Practice Guidelines]

The Partnership for Prevention conducted a study to accurately rank 25 preventive health care services. These rankings represent the most valuable preventive services and should be used to help physicians prioritize which services to emphasize with patients.

Aug 1, 2006 Issue
Usefulness of Online Medical Information [Curbside Consultation]

Patients are not trained to diagnose illnesses across a wide spectrum of diseases and are not familiar with presentations that physicians are trained to detect. However, patients are highly motivated to determine their diagnoses, are more intimately familiar with their own symptoms, and may have mor...

May 15, 2006 Issue
NCHS Publishes Personal Health Assessment Survey Results [Practice Guidelines]

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) published statistics on personal health assessment, reporting that American Indian/Alaskan Native and black adults were less likely than white or Asian adults to assess their health as excellent or very good.

Apr 1, 2006 Issue
Confronting a Colleague Who Covers Up a Medical Error [Curbside Consultation]

In the past, physicians had no formal medical ethics training and learned that the best way to deal with medical errors and possible malpractice lawsuits was to say as little as possible, deny everything, and never to apologize or acknowledge error. Today, physicians receive very different ethical and legal advice.

Mar 1, 2006 Issue
Implementing the New Model of Family Medicine [Curbside Consultation]

The New Model of family medicine, introduced in the Future of Family Medicine report,1 offers physicians the opportunity to increase the efficiency and reliability of their practices and improve clinical care, patient satisfaction, and the “bottom line.”

Jan 1, 2006 Issue
Physicians Who Do Not Follow Screening Guidelines [Curbside Consultation]

This scenario asks two basic questions: (1) Why would a physician perform screening tests more often than recommended? and (2) What should a physician do if he or she has a colleague who does not follow current practice recommendations?

Sep 1, 2005 Issue
NCHS Statistics on the Use of Electronic Medical Records [Practice Guidelines]

Data on the use of electronic medical records in health care is available from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). According to the NCHS, electronic medical records were used most frequently in the emergency department, followed closely by outpatient departments.

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