ITEMS IN AFP WITH KEYWORD:
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.
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.”
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.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued statistics on the percentage of persons younger than 65 years without health insurance in the United States.
Mar 1, 2005 Issue
Availability of 24-hour Clinician Information Line and Addition of Topics [Practice Guidelines]
This scenario is becoming less common in primary care practice because the most common place of death (in nearly 80 percent of cases) in the United States has changed from the patient’s home to a hospital or long-term care facility. This shift in death location means that family physicians often are...