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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]

Monday Nov 20, 2017

Just the Facts: Can Patient Education Help in Obesity Crisis?

Physicians may feel like they're losing the battle against obesity. Can patient education reduce the problem?

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Posted at 03:40PM Nov 20, 2017 by Alan Schwartzstein, M.D. | Comments [0]

Friday Oct 13, 2017

Planning Ahead: Let's Talk About Death

Dying in America has changed with medical technology, but our comfort level in talking about it has not. Leonard Reeves, M.D, discusses helping patients plan ahead.

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Posted at 01:00PM Oct 13, 2017 by Leonard Reeves, M.D. | Comments [0]

Friday Sep 01, 2017

A New Intern's Reflections From the ICU

New resident Lauren Abdul-Majeed, M.D., M.P.H., is applying family medicine's holistic approach to patients during her ICU rotation and suggests that others should do likewise, regardless of practice setting.

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Posted at 05:03PM Sep 01, 2017 by Lauren Abdul-Majeed, M.D., M.P.H. | Comments [0]

Tuesday Aug 15, 2017

Drop in Number of FPs Who Deliver Babies May Create Rural Crisis

A projected shortage of obstetricians and a declining percentage of family physicians who provide maternity care could create a crisis for women in underserved areas.

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Posted at 01:30PM Aug 15, 2017 by Carl Olden, M.D. | Comments [0]

Tuesday Aug 01, 2017

FPs Are at Center of Birth, Death and Everything in Between

Moments after delivering one new patient into the world, Robert Raspa, M.D., delivered a cancer diagnosis to another. He reflects on the cradle-to-grave nature of family medicine.

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Posted at 02:43PM Aug 01, 2017 by Robert Raspa, M.D. | Comments [0]

Monday Jul 17, 2017

Racial Differences in Outcomes Demand Greater Vigilance

Black men are twice as likely as their white peers to die from a first heart attack. Ada Stewart, M.D., writes that enhanced education and prevention could change that.

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Posted at 04:16PM Jul 17, 2017 by Ada Stewart, M.D. | Comments [0]

Friday Jun 09, 2017

Sorry, You're Not Sick Enough: Approach to Hep C Defies Logic

Adequate screening and earlier treatment of hepatitis C infection would curb the spread of disease, ease suffering and reduce long-term health care costs.

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Posted at 02:37PM Jun 09, 2017 by Ada Stewart, M.D. | Comments [0]

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