Health Maintenance and Counseling

Mar 01, 2022 Issue
Can Mobile Phone–Based Interventions Improve Adherence to Medication for Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Adults? [Cochrane for Clinicians]

Mobile phone–based interventions improve adherence to cardiovascular medication regimens and may improve blood pressure control, but there is no patient-oriented evidence that these interventions are beneficial.

Dec 01, 2021 Issue
Family Physicians Continue to Offer the Most Comprehensive Care [Graham Center Policy One-Pagers]

Comprehensiveness of care is one of the cardinal attributes of high-performing primary care. Evidence has shown that more comprehensive care, as measured by the number of services offered, is associated with lower costs and a reduction in hospitalizations. Comprehensiveness of care may be defined as...

Nov 01, 2021 Issue
Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020-2025: Recommendations from the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services [Practice Guidelines]

The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services published updated guidelines for healthy eating across a person's lifespan.

Aug 01, 2021 Issue
Care of the College Student [Article]

Approximately 19 million students attend college in the United States. Although they are generally healthy, about 20% of youth have special health care needs, including asthma, diabetes mellitus, and learning, mental health, and substance use disorders. Physicians can facilitate the transition of a ...

May 1, 2021 Issue
The Preparticipation Physical Evaluation [Article]

The preparticipation physical evaluation (PPE) is a common primary care medical visit for young athletes. In 2019, the American Academy of Pediatrics published updated PPE recommendations. The general goals outlined in these guidelines include determining general physical and psychological health; evaluating for life-threatening or disabling conditions; and serving as an entry point into the health care system for those without a medical home or primary care physician. Consideration should be taken to address the needs and concerns of athletes who are transgender and athletes with physical and intellectual disabilities.

Feb 15, 2021 Issue
Health Maintenance for Women of Reproductive Age [Article]

This article focuses on screening and counseling for health conditions that are more prevalent in, or have a unique impact on, women, transgender men, and nonbinary individuals of reproductive age. To have the greatest impact on health, physicians should focus on U.S. Preventive Services Task Force grade A and B recommendations with patients.

Dec 15, 2020 Issue
Off-Label Use and Misuse of Hormone Supplements: AACE and ACE Position Statement [Practice Guidelines]

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and the American College of Endocrinology developed a summary of known risks of using off-label hormone treatments.

Oct 1, 2020 Issue
Prevention of Unintentional Childhood Injury [Article]

Physicians have a pivotal role in preventing unintentional injuries in children. There are many evidence-based strategies that are proven to reduce morbidity and mortality from motor vehicle crashes, suffocation, strangulation, drowning, poisoning, fires, guns, falls, bicycling, and skateboarding.

Mar 1, 2020 Issue
Sexual Health History: Techniques and Tips [Article]

Family physicians should proactively provide a patient-centered approach to sexual health that includes disease identification and treatment. Physicians and staff should be trained in identifying individual implicit bias around sexuality and adverse childhood experiences. Preventive health strategies include screening for sexually transmitted infections and diseases and offering counseling for preconception care for all patients, including gender-diverse patients.

Feb 1, 2020 Issue
Screening and Counseling Adolescents and Young Adults: A Framework for Comprehensive Care [Article]

Healthy development in adolescents occurs when risk factors are limited and when protective factors are fostered; this is encouraged when adolescents feel valued, empowered, and form healthy social connections. Threats typically result from experimentation and psychosocial stressors. Clinicians should regularly offer confidential screening and counseling because adolescents are more likely to access health care and to share sensitive information when confidentiality is assured.

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