Family Medicine

Aug 1, 2014 Issue
Cosmetic Procedures in Family Medicine [Editorials]

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.

May 1, 2014 Issue
Transitions of Care: Optimizing the Handoff from Hospital-Based Teams to Primary Care Physicians [Editorials]

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.

Jun 1, 2013 Issue
Health Literacy and Prescribing: It Is Time to Change Old Habits [Editorials]

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.

Nov 1, 2012 Issue
Demoralization: A Precursor to Physician Burnout? [Curbside Consultation]

Demoralization is a state of hopelessness and helplessness that is akin to, but separable from, depression.

Jul 15, 2012 Issue
Choosing Wisely: Top Interventions to Improve Health and Reduce Harm, While Lowering Costs [Editorials]

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...

May 15, 2012 Issue
Do Electronic Health Records Improve Processes and Outcomes of Preventive Care? [Editorials]

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.

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