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Apr 15, 2016 Issue
Evaluation of Behavior Change in Patients with Developmental Disabilities [Curbside Consultation]
A mother brought her 19-year-old nonverbal, autistic son to our clinic. She requested medication for him to reduce the number of episodes that include loud vocalizations, thrashing, and head banging. These episodes usually occur in the car. At baseline, the man has difficulty with movement, characte...
A cough that has no medical diagnosis and does not respond to treatment is sometimes labeled as psychogenic cough, habit cough, or tic cough. These disorders should be distinguished from other forms of chronic cough, but there is little consistency or evidence on how to best diagnose a chronic cough...
Learn how to distinguish somatic symptoms from those with a biologic cause, and management strategies that can help primary care clinicians work more effectively with patients with this disorder.
Dec 1, 2015 Issue
Psychological Interventions for Medically Unexplained Physical Symptoms [Cochrane for Clinicians]
Psychological therapy, specifically cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), has been shown to reduce the severity of medically unexplained physical symptoms in patients with somatoform disorders. The effect is small to moderate in magnitude, but in these studies CBT was as acceptable as usual care to patients.
Because obsessive-compulsive disorder is complex with varying manifestations, diagnosis is often delayed. Primary care physicians can play a crucial role in reducing the burden of the disorder through early detection and treatment.
Cognitive behavior therapy has been proven as effective or more effective than medications for several psychiatric disorders. Find out how to integrate it into your practice and provide referrals to effective therapists.
Learn how to distinguish primary from secondary psychosis, and which signs and symptoms to look for to determine the underlying cause.
Feb 1, 2015 Issue
Screening for Suicide Risk in Adolescents, Adults, and Older Adults in Primary Care: Recommendation Statement [U.S. Preventive Services Task Force]
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for suicide risk in adolescents, adults, and older adults in primary care.
Learn about the latest diagnostic criteria from the DSM 5, and how to choose between antipsychotic medications.
Oct 1, 2014 Issue
Psychological Therapies for Chronic Posttraumatic Stress Disorder [Cochrane for Clinicians]
Trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) are more effective than other therapies in reducing PTSD symptom severity up to four months after treatment, but more robust studies are needed to evaluate the long-term effectiveness.