Family Medicine

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.

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.

Jul 1, 2011 Issue
Bioterrorism and the Vital Role of Family Physicians [Editorials]

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...

Jun 1, 2010 Issue
Introducing "AFP By Topic: Editors' Choice of Best Current Content" [Editorials]

May 15, 2010 Issue
Family Physicians and Nursing Home Medicine: Forging a Partnership for Quality Care [Editorials]

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