AAFP Response to Administration’s CDC Directive

Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017

Statement attributable to:
Michael Munger, MD
American Academy of Family Physicians

The American Academy of Family Physicians, which represents 134,600 family physicians and medical students, is both surprised and concerned by the Administration’s clear disregard for the importance of science and evidence-based medicine.

Recent public reports indicate that the Administration has shackled the CDC with inexplicable rules banning certain terms from the agency’s budget requests. This action is an obvious attempt to politicize the most fundamental tenets of medicine and research, which will have a chilling effect on the CDC’s ability to rely on science to justify the work it does to protect public health. 

While we at the AAFP represent family physicians, our highest priority is improving the health of patients, families and communities. When the top public health agency in the country is -- in an unprecedented move by the Administration -- required to temper its reliance on evidence-based medicine, the health of the public is at risk. We urge the Administration to fully assess the broader implications of this purely political maneuver and reconsider its recent directive to the CDC.

Editor's Note: To arrange an interview with Dr. Munger, contact Leslie Champlin, (800) 274-2237, Ext. 6252, or lchampli@aafp.org(email.prnewswire.com).

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Founded in 1947, the American Academy of Family Physicians represents 134,600 physicians and medical students nationwide, and it is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.

Family physicians conduct approximately one in five of the total medical office visits in the United States per year -- more than any other specialty. Family physicians provide comprehensive, evidence-based, and cost-effective care dedicated to improving the health of patients, families and communities. Family medicine's cornerstone is an ongoing and personal patient-physician relationship where the family physician serves as the hub of each patient's integrated care team. More Americans depend on family physicians than on any other medical specialty.

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