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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...
Electronic health records (EHRs) are thought to be valuable tools to prompt physicians to provide preventive services. How strong is the evidence that EHRs can improve processes and outcomes of preventive care?
Apr 1, 2012 Issue
Financial Incentives for Improving the Quality of Primary Care [Cochrane for Clinicians]
Financial incentives are associated with minimal, if any, improvements in quality of care provided by primary care physicians. It is uncertain whether financial incentives are cost-effective relative to other types of quality-improvement interventions.
Feb 1, 2012 Issue
Primary and Subspecialty Care: Building a Collaborative Relationship [Curbside Consultation]
For the referring physician, proper etiquette includes identifying the clinical reason for the referral, confirming the appropriateness with respect to the subspecialty, providing the subspecialist with accurate and timely information, and maintaining an open and effective line of communication.
Nov 1, 2011 Issue
Flaws in Clinical Reasoning: A Common Cause of Diagnostic Error [Curbside Consultation]
Many medical errors have been identified as systemic and addressed with interventions, such as checklists. However, a substantial number of errors that occur in diagnosis and treatment are attributed to flaws in clinical reasoning.
Family physicians and other primary care physicians have a vital role in protecting our patients and our nation against bioterrorism. Passive surveillance is the early warning system for naturally occurring outbreaks, and for bioterrorism events. An astute physician who diagnoses a reportable illnes...