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Tuesday May 07, 2019

Why Is Compassion So Important? Just Ask This Patient

Family physicians know all about giving their patients compassionate care. In this Leader Voices Blog post, Tochi Iroku-Malize, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., shares the story of what happened when an ER team missed the mark.

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Posted at 03:54PM May 07, 2019 by Tochi Iroku-Malize, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A. | Comments [0]

Tuesday Dec 04, 2018

Minorities Are Underrepresented in Clinical Trials

Ada Stewart, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that an analysis of clinical drug trials found that certain minority groups are underrepresented, even when the medications being researched are intended to treat diseases that disproportionately affect them.

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Posted at 02:03PM Dec 04, 2018 by Ada Stewart, M.D. | Comments [0]

Tuesday Nov 27, 2018

Help Patients Know Their HIV Status

An estimated 15 percent of Americans living with HIV infection are unaware of it. Ada Stewart, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that World AIDS Day offers a reminder to help patients know their status.

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Posted at 01:29PM Nov 27, 2018 by Ada Stewart, M.D. | Comments [0]

Tuesday Nov 13, 2018

FPs and Vasectomies: Help Your Patients Make a 'Snip' Decision

Vasectomy is a quick, easy procedure that can be performed in the primary care setting. AAFP President John Cullen, M.D., questions why more men aren't willing to take that step.

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Posted at 04:28PM Nov 13, 2018 by John Cullen, M.D. | Comments [0]

Wednesday Oct 10, 2018

FPs Are Answer to Rural Maternity Care Crisis

Many rural communities are losing access to maternity care. AAFP President John Cullen, M.D., writes in the Leader Voices Blog that his rural Alaska community offers proof that family physicians can fill that void.

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Posted at 03:15PM Oct 10, 2018 by John Cullen, M.D. | Comments [0]

Friday Jun 22, 2018

AAFP, Others Drive Home Opioid Message on Capitol Hill

Leaders from the AAFP and five other physician organizations converged on Capitol Hill June 18 to advocate for solutions to the nation's opioid crisis. Michael Munger, M.D., gives more details in this Leader Voices Blog post.

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Posted at 02:04PM Jun 22, 2018 by Michael Munger, M.D. | Comments [0]

Thursday May 10, 2018

For Your Patients' Sake, Prepare Yourself for PrEP

Pre-exposure prophylaxis significantly lowers the odds of getting HIV from sex and injectable drug use, but Ada Stewart, M.D., writes in the Leader Voices Blog that too few physicians are prescribing it. A session at the Family Medicine Experience can help.

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Posted at 03:10PM May 10, 2018 by Ada Stewart, M.D. | Comments [0]

Tuesday Apr 03, 2018

Knowing Patient's Story Improves Odds of Happy Ending

Gary LeRoy, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that physicians must understand a patient's situation, not just his or her chief complaint. The AAFP has resources to help.

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Posted at 01:24PM Apr 03, 2018 by Gary LeRoy, M.D. | Comments [0]

Friday Feb 09, 2018

A Right Way to Treat Opioid Addiction

Some physicians remain reluctant to prescribe buprenorphine for medication-assisted therapy. Alan Schwartzstein, M.D., refutes two common arguments against the practice.

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Posted at 12:33PM Feb 09, 2018 by Alan Schwartzstein, M.D. | Comments [0]

Monday Dec 18, 2017

At Home or Abroad, ALSO Training Improves Maternal Outcomes

The Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics program has helped improve maternal outcomes in other countries around the globe. Carl Olden, M.D., writes that now it's time to improve U.S. outcomes.

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Posted at 02:59PM Dec 18, 2017 by Carl Olden, M.D. | Comments [0]

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