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    Counseling Patients in Primary Care: Evidence-Based Strategies

    H. Russell Searight

    Health risk behavior counseling and education takes substantial time during primary care office visits. For patients who respond to direct physician advice, the five A’s (ask, advise, assess, assist, arrange) and FRAMES (feedback, responsibility, advice, menu, empathy, self...

    The Adult Well-Male Examination

    Joel J. Heidelbaugh

    The goal of the adult well male examination is to promote optimal health and well-being, prevent premature morbidity and mortality from chronic diseases, and provide appropriate cancer screening and immunizations. The medical history should focus on tobacco and alcohol use,...

    School Absenteeism in Children and Adolescents

    Claudia W. Allen, Sharon Diamond-Myrsten, Lisa K. Rollins

    Frequent school absenteeism has immediate and long-term negative effects on academic performance, social functioning, high school and college graduation rates, adult income, health, and life expectancy. Chronic absenteeism appears to be driven by overlapping medical,...

    AAFP News Now: AFP Edition

    AAFP News: AFP Edition

    Study: Early Prediabetes Interventions Work | CDC Focused on Unraveling Acute Flaccid Myelitis Mystery | AAFP Applauds FDA Move on E-cigarette Flavors, Menthol | AAFP Lends Expertise on Social Determinants of Health to Inform HHS


    Why Are We So Slow to Adopt Some Evidence-Based Practices?

    Mark H. Ebell, Allen F. Shaughnessy, David C. Slawson

    Physicians must accept that change is uncomfortable, recognizing the pain of giving up an old idea or practice as medical knowledge evolves around us. We need to remain flexible in our thinking if we are to meet our goal of doing our best when caring for every patient.

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    Urticarial, Erythematous Papules in a Pregnant Woman

    Brittany P. Smirnov, Alexandra A. Bowles

    A pregnant woman presented with a severely pruritic rash that began on her abdomen and spread to other areas including her chest, back, and bilateral arms, legs, hands, and feet.

    Point-of-Care Guides

    Evaluating the Benefits and Harms of Anticoagulation in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation

    Mark H. Ebell

    In patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF), what is the best way to determine if the benefits of stroke reduction exceed the harms of bleeding from anticoagulants?

    Putting Prevention Into Practice

    Screening for Peripheral Artery Disease and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment with the Ankle-Brachial Index

    Justin Mills, Martha Duffy

    Case study: A 65-year-old man presents to your office for a pre-employment physical examination. He has no concerning symptoms; his medical history reveals type 2 diabetes mellitus, which he controls through diet. He works in an office and rides his bicycle to work. He is...

    Practice Guidelines

    Crohn’s Disease: ACG Releases Updated Management Guidelines

    Lisa Croke

    Key Points for Practice

    U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

    Screening for Peripheral Artery Disease and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment with the Ankle-Brachial Index: Recommendation Statement

    The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for peripheral artery disease (PAD) and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk with the ankle-brachial index (ABI) in asymptomatic adults.

    Letters to the Editor

    More Evidence Needed Regarding the Utility of Genetic Testing for Alzheimer Dementia

    Information from Your Family Doctor

    School Absences: What You Should Know

    Some children miss school for medical reasons. But children who miss a lot of school often don’t have health problems. Some reasons include:


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