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Fix the Biggest Leak in the Primary Care Pipeline

Despite record numbers of medical students matching into family medicine, AAFP Senior Vice President for Education Clif Knight, M.D., says U.S. allopathic medical schools must produce more family physicians.

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20200327guested-pipeline.html

Treatment of Panic Disorder - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2005 - Panic disorder with or without agoraphobia occurs commonly in patients in primary care settings. This article assesses multiple evidence-based reviews of effective treatments for panic disorder. Antidepressant medications successfully reduce the severity of panic symptoms and eliminate ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0215/p733.html

ACC/AHA Hypertension Guideline: What Is New? What Do We Do? - Editorials - American ...

Mar 15, 2018 - Choosing a threshold and target for treatment should be based on the science supporting CVD risk reduction, while considering the benefits and harms in individual patient circumstances and respecting patient choice.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0315/p372.html

Aminoglycosides: A Practical Review - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 1998 - Aminoglycosides are potent bactericidal antibiotics that act by creating fissures in the outer membrane of the bacterial cell. They are particularly active against aerobic, gram-negative bacteria and act synergistically against certain gram-positive organisms. Gentamicin is the most ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/1115/p1811.html

In Defense of Family Medicine Certification

Craig Czarsty, M.D., former Board chair of the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM), offers a rebuttal to criticism of the ABFM's initial board certification and continuing certification processes.

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180131guestedabfm.html

Family Medicine Discovers Rapid Cycle Scientific Discovery and Innovation: FMD RapSDI

Family Medicine Discovers Rapid Cycle Scientific Discovery and Innovation (RapSDI) is a signature program funded by the AAFP Foundation in collaboration with the AAFP National Research Network (AAFP NRN). RapSDI seeks to build research capacity for family medicine scientific discovery ...

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/nrn/studies/all/family_medicine_discovers.html

Second-Generation H1-Antihistamines for Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria - Cochrane for ...

Sep 1, 2016 - There is good evidence that second-generation H1-antihistamines are helpful in the short- and intermediate-term suppression of urticaria. Cetirizine (Zyrtec) in a dosage of 10 mg daily is effective at completely suppressing symptoms of chronic spontaneous urticaria (number needed to ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0901/p352.html

Substance Abuse - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2021 - ...03/01/2017 Buprenorphine Maintenance vs. Placebo for Opioid Dependence [Medicine by the Numbers] 01/01/2017 Alpha-adrenergic Agonists for the Management of Opioid Withdrawal [Medicine by the Numbers] 10/01/2016 Rural Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Depends on Family Physicians...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=27

Improving Quality by Doing Less: Overscreening - Editorials - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2015 - This editorial is the first in a series of three that addresses the related issues of over-screening, overdiagnosis, and overtreatment. Overscreening often leads to overdiagnosis and overtreatment.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0101/p22.html

A Rational Approach to the Treatment of Hypertension in Special Populations - American ...

Jul 1, 1999 - Hypertension in blacks is usually characterized by low renin, expanded volume and sensitivity to salt. Diuretics are the preferred initial therapy, but response to calcium channel antagonists is also good. The blood pressure response to monotherapy with beta blockers or ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0701/p156.html

In Support of Buprenorphine Deregulation -- FPM

Aug 1, 2019 - Family physicians should join the fight to remove limits on prescribing buprenorphine for opioid use disorder.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0700/p6.html

Birth, Death, Hope and Money: Stories of Family Medicine

A diverse panel of five family physicians offered students and residents their perspectives on family medicine -- stories of triumphant hope and success -- during the 2018 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students.

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20180808nc-facesoffm.html

Evaluation of Acute Headaches in Adults - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2001 - Classifying headaches as primary (migraine, tension-type or cluster) or secondary can facilitate evaluation and management A detailed headache history helps to distinguish among the primary headache disorders.

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/0215/p685.html

Five Mobile Apps to Help You Organize Your Work and Your Life -- FPM

Apr 1, 2019 - The demands on physicians’ time have never been greater. These apps can help you keep up.

Family Practice Management : SPPACES: App Reviews

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0300/p11.html

Update on Helicobacter pylori Treatment - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2007 - One half of the world's population has Helicobacter pylori infection, with an estimated prevalence of 30 percent in North America. Although it is unclear whether eradication of H. pylori improves symptoms in patients with nonulcer dyspepsia, there is strong evidence that eradication of ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0201/p351.html

Students, Residents Elect New Leaders for the Coming Year

Delegates to the National Congress of Family Medicine Residents and the National Congress of Student Members chose new leaders July 27 in Kansas City, Mo., to represent them in the coming year.

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190727nc-elections.html

AAFP Weighs in With Its 'Vision for the Future

The AAFP responded to a draft report by the American Board of Medical Specialties Vision for the Future Commission with recommendations to make continuing board certification work for family physicians.

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190123visioncomments.html

Human Trafficking: How Family Physicians Can Recognize and Assist Victims - Editorials ...

Aug 15, 2019 - Identifying a trafficking victim requires an understanding of the law as well as knowledge of risk factors and signs and symptoms of exploitation.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0815/p202.html

Should Family Physicians Screen for Testosterone Deficiency in Men? No: Screening May ...

Feb 15, 2015 - Testosterone testing leads to testosterone treatment, which is inappropriate for the vast majority of patients. Testosterone treatment should be reserved for patients who are truly hypogonadal.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0215/p226.html

A Primary Care Approach to Adverse Childhood Experiences - Curbside Consultation - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Jul 1, 2020 - A 41-year-old long-time patient presented with concerns about irritability, depression, and anxiety after getting into another fight with her mother-in-law. The patient was concerned that her symptoms were getting worse, and she was worried about lacking control over her emotions and ...

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0701/p55.html

Best Project Winners Named By Emerging Leader Institute

The AAFP Foundation recently announced the project award winners from the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute's fifth class.

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20200825emergingleaders.html

Striving for Diversity and Equality in Family Medicine

In recognition of Black History Month, the AAFP spotlights its own efforts to promote equality, diversity and inclusion in family medicine.

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20210210aafpblackhistory.html

Complementary and Integrative Treatments for Pain Management in Labor - Cochrane for ...

Feb 1, 2019 - There is evidence that all of the studied interventions have some benefit in labor, but the evidence is of low to very low quality. Massage, thermal interventions (warm and cold packs), relaxation techniques, yoga, and music reduce pain during latent labor, but not during active labor.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0201/p154.html

Coaching Patients About Successful Blood Pressure Management - Lown Right Care: ...

Mar 15, 2019 - A collaboration between AFP and the Lown Institute promotes a vision of delivering heath care that is based on the evidence, balanced in its approach, and focused on the patient.

American Family Physician : Lown Right Care: Reducing Overuse and Underuse

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0315/p357.html

Applying the "Theory of Constraints" to Solve Your Practice's Most Vexing Problem -- FPM

Oct 1, 2014 - What stands in the way of your practice achieving its goal?

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2014/0900/p18.html

'Moving the Needle' on Student Choice

Michelle Roett, M.D., M.P.H., is working on both local and national initiatives to expand the family medicine pipeline.

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20181022fdf-roett.html

Should Family Physicians Screen for Testosterone Deficiency in Men? Yes: Screening for ...

Feb 15, 2015 - With the possible exception of patients with cardiovascular disease, testosterone replacement therapy remains a potentially beneficial option in improving health-related quality of life in men.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0215/p220.html

Documenting and Coding Preventive Visits: A Physician's Perspective -- FPM

Aug 1, 2012 - It’s not hard, once you get the hang of it, but the differences from E/M coding can be confusing.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0700/p12.html

Prevention and Treatment of Sexually Transmitted Diseases: An Update - American Family ...

Dec 15, 2007 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently published revised guidelines for the prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases. One new treatment strategy is the use of azithromycin as a primary, rather than alternative, medication for pregnant women with ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/1215/p1827.html

Tick-Borne Relapsing Fever - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2005 - Tick-borne relapsing fever is characterized by recurring fevers separated by afebrile periods and is accompanied by nonspecific constitutional symptoms. It occurs after a patient has been bitten by a tick infected with a Borrelia spirochete. The diagnosis of tick-borne relapsing fever ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/1115/p2039.html

Clinical Practice Guidelines for Chronic Kidney Disease in Adults: Part 1. Definition, ...

Sep 1, 2004 - In February 2002, the Kidney Disease Outcome Quality Initiative of the National Kidney Foundation published clinical practice guidelines on chronic kidney disease. The first six of the 15 guidelines are of the greatest relevance to family physicians. Part I of this two-part article ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0901/p869.html

Honoring Black Americans’ Contributions to Medicine

The Academy is celebrating Black History Month by recognizing the accomplishments of Black Americans and spotlighting some of the ways they have advanced the science and art of healing in the United States.

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20210205bhmtimeline.html

A Team-Based Care Model That Improves Job Satisfaction -- FPM

Apr 1, 2018 - Expanding the role of medical assistants to better support providers can improve not only traditional outcomes but also job satisfaction.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0300/p6.html

Diagnosis and Management of Syphilis - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2003 - Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease with varied and often subtle clinical manifestations. Primary syphilis typically presents as a solitary, painless chancre, whereas secondary syphilis can have a wide variety of symptoms, especially fever, lymphadenopathy, rash, and genital or ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0715/p283.html

Cancer - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2021 - This collection features AFP content on cancer and related issues, including various types (breast, cervical, childhood, colorectal, lung, oral, ovarian, prostate, skin, testicular, and other types of cancer). This collection features AFP content on cancer and related issues, including ...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=31

How to Talk to Reluctant Patients About the Flu Shot -- FPM

Oct 1, 2017 - This three-step framework can help you address patients' concerns about influenza immunization.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2017/0900/p6.html

Blood Pressure Targets for Patients with Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease - ...

Sep 1, 2018 - Achieving a target BP of 135/85 mm Hg or less does not decrease the risk of total cardiovascular events vs. treating to a target of 140 to 160/90 to 100 mm Hg. Further, treating to the lower BP target does not improve total mortality, cardiovascular mortality, or serious adverse effects.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0901/p276.html

Soy: A Complete Source of Protein - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2009 - Soybeans contain all of the essential amino acids necessary for human nutrition and have been grown and harvested for thousands of years. Populations with diets high in soy protein and low in animal protein have lower risks of prostate and breast cancers than other populations. ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0101/p43.html

Reducing Tobacco Use in Adolescents - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2008 - After steadily decreasing since the late 1990s, adolescent smoking rates have stabilized at levels well above national goals. Experts recommend screening for tobacco use and exposure at every patient visit, although evidence of improved outcomes in adolescents is lacking. Counseling ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0215/p483.html

Erythema Multiforme - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 2006 - Erythema multiforme is a skin condition considered to be a hypersensitivity reaction to infections or drugs. It consists of a polymorphous eruption of macules, papules, and characteristic

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/1201/p1883.html

Epidural Analgesia During Labor - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 1998 - Epidural analgesia is a commonly employed technique of providing pain relief during labor. The number of parturients given intrapartum epidural analgesia is reported to be over 50 percent at many institutions in the United States. The procedure has few contraindications, the primary ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/1115/p1785.html

Community Colleges Hold Key to Family Medicine Diversity

New research published in Annals of Family Medicine suggests that attending community college increases the odds that U.S. medical school graduates will choose family medicine.

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20180718commcollege.html

Delegates Act on Family Medicine Education Issues

Delegates discussed a wide variety of issues during the Reference Committee on Education hearing at the Congress of Delegates in New Orleans, including paid leave for new parents and CME changes meant to encourage precepting and meet other family medicine needs.

https://www.aafp.org/news/2018-congress-fmx/20181015cod-education.html

Personal Experience Is Not Always Consistent with Published Evidence - Letters to the ...

Jul 15, 2019 - ...to add. For those who have been in medicine long enough to see evidence-based processes be proved wrong with follow-up studies, it is hard to jump on board a change that one's experience also has shown to be false. The good news is that medicine continues to grow and change, and...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0715/p73.html

Even an Occasional Cigarette Greatly Boosts Mortality Risk

A study recently published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that compared with people who never smoked, lifelong nondaily smokers had a 72 percent higher overall mortality risk, as well as increased mortality risks from a number of specific conditions, such as...

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181121nondailysmkrs.html

Atypical Presentations of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2008 - Gastroesophageal reflux disease typically manifests as heartburn and regurgitation, but it may also present with atypical or extraesophageal symptoms, including asthma, chronic cough, laryngitis, hoarseness, chronic sore throat, dental erosions, and noncardiac chest pain. Diagnosing ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0815/p483.html

Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Postpartum Depression - FPIN's Help Desk Answers - ...

Aug 15, 2019 - In women with postpartum depression, the addition of CBT reduces depressive symptoms more effectively than usual care alone (medication and other therapies), with a medium effect size at the end of the intervention and a residual small effect size six months later.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0815/p244.html

Screening for Atrial Fibrillation with Electrocardiography: Recommendation Statement - ...

Mar 15, 2019 - The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for atrial fibrillation with electrocardiography.

American Family Physician : U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0315/od1.html

Improving Quality by Doing Less: Overdiagnosis - Editorials - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2015 - The second in a series of AFP editorials that addresses the related issues of over-screening, overdiagnosis, and overtreatment. Overdiagnosis occurs when a disease is diagnosed and treated, even though that disease never would have harmed the patient if left untreated.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0201/p162.html

Diagnosis of Acute Coronary Syndrome - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2005 - The term 'acute coronary syndrome' encompasses a range of thrombotic coronary artery diseases, including unstable angina and both ST-segment elevation and non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction. Diagnosis requires an electrocardiogram and a careful review for signs and symptoms ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0701/p119.html

Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children: Recommendation Statement - ...

May 1, 2016 - The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in young children for whom no concerns of ASD have been raised by their parents or a clinician.

American Family Physician : U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0501/p774.html

Caring for Patients with Job Insecurity Who Are Experiencing Chronic Work-Related Pain ...

Jul 15, 2016 - In addition to providing direct medical care, the physician can help this patient by obtaining an occupational history, formulating hypotheses about the cause of the pain and potential interventions, and establishing a therapeutic relationship.

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0715/p145.html

Now's the Time: Speak Out to Support Primary Care

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights two primary care issues being debated by Congress and explains how you can help them advance.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190625itt-hcbills.html

Assessing Breast Cancer Risk in Women - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2008 - Understanding modifiable and nonmodifiable factors that increase or decrease breast cancer risk allows family physicians to counsel women appropriately. Nonmodifiable factors associated with increased breast cancer risk include advanced age, female sex, family history of breast cancer, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/1215/p1361.html

Antidepressants and Antiepileptic Drugs for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain - American Family ...

Feb 1, 2005 - The development of newer classes of antidepressants and second-generation antiepileptic drugs has created unprecedented opportunities for the treatment of chronic pain. These drugs modulate pain transmission by interacting with specific neurotransmitters and ion channels. The actions of...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0201/p483.html

Diagnosis and Management of the Adnexal Mass - American Family Physician

May 15, 1998 - Adnexal masses are frequently found in both symptomatic and asymptomatic women. In premenopausal women, physiologic follicular cysts and corpus luteum cysts are the most common adnexal masses, but the possibility of ectopic pregnancy must always be considered. Other masses in this age ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/0515/p2471.html

Dystocia in Nulliparous Women - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2007 - Dystocia is common in nulliparous women and is responsible for more than 50 percent of primary cesarean deliveries. Because cesarean delivery rates continue to rise, physicians providing maternity care should be skilled in the diagnosis, management, and prevention of dystocia. If labor ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0601/p1671.html

Osteopathic Schools Are Producing More Graduates, But Fewer Are Practicing in Primary ...

Jun 1, 2015 - The expansion of osteopathic medical schools was to be a boon for underserved areas in need of primary care service. However, the impact has thus far been diminished by the decrease in osteopathic graduates engaged in primary care practice. Policy makers and leaders should consider ...

American Family Physician : Graham Center Policy One-Pagers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0601/p756.html

Opioid Abuse and Pain Management - Editorials - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2012 - Chronic nonmalignant pain affects a significant number of Americans. Concurrent with the increased need for pain management is a considerable increase in the use of prescription pain relievers for nonmedical purposes. Nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers is now the second most ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1001/p600.html

Procalcitonin-Guided Antibiotic Therapy for Acute Respiratory Infections - FPIN's ...

Jul 1, 2016 - A procalcitonin-guided antibiotic therapy algorithm should be used to decrease antibiotic use in adults with acute respiratory infections. The use of a procalcitonin-guided therapy algorithm reduces antibiotic use by 3.47 days without increasing morbidity or mortality in adults with ...

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0701/p53.html

Emergency Contraception - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2004 - Women can use emergency contraception to prevent pregnancy after known or suspected failure of birth control or after unprotected intercourse. Many patients do not ask for emergency contraception because they do not know of its availability. Emergency contraception has been an off-label...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0815/p707.html

Treatments for Postmenopausal Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder - FPIN's Clinical ...

Feb 1, 2020 - Transdermal testosterone for the treatment of hypoactive sexual desire disorder in postmenopausal women results in an additional 0.92 sexually satisfying events per month, acne, and increased androgenic effects without major complications

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0201/p182.html

Diabetic Nephropathy: Common Questions - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2005 - Diabetic nephropathy, or diabetic kidney disease, affects 20 to 30 percent of patients with diabetes. It is a common cause of kidney failure. Diabetic nephropathy presents in its earliest stage with low levels of albumin (microalbuminuria) in the urine. The most practical method of ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0701/p96.html

My Message to Students: Why Family Medicine Matters

Marking the sixth anniversary of his graduation from residency, Kurt Bravata, M.D., reflects on what he wishes every first-year medical student knew about family medicine.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190619fpwhyfm.html

Cutaneous Warts: An Evidence-Based Approach to Therapy - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2005 - Cutaneous warts are a common presenting complaint in children and adolescents. Common, plantar, or flat warts are cutaneous manifestations of the human papillomavirus. The treatment of warts poses a therapeutic challenge for physicians. No single therapy has been proven effective at ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0815/p647.html

Epstein-Barr Virus Infectious Mononucleosis - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2004 - Infectious mononucleosis should be suspected in patients 10 to 30 years of age who present with sore throat and significant fatigue, palatal petechiae, posterior cervical or auricular adenopathy, marked adenopathy, or inguinal adenopathy. An atypical lymphocytosis of at least 20 percent...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/1001/p1279.html

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss - American Family Physician

May 1, 2000 - Hearing loss caused by exposure to recreational and occupational noise results in devastating disability that is virtually 100 percent preventable. Noise-induced hearing loss is the second most common form of sensorineural hearing deficit, after presbycusis (age-related hearing loss). ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0501/p2749.html

Medications for COPD: A Review of Effectiveness - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2007 - Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a common problem among patients presenting to primary care. This condition has multiple individual and combined treatment regimens. The goals of treatment are to improve quality of life, exercise tolerance, sleep quality, and survival; and...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/1015/p1141.html

Taking Aim at the High Deductibles That Drive Off Patients

A new coalition co-founded by the Academy aims to realign the incentives and design of health care, writes AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190528itt-consumersfirst.html

Health Issues for Surfers - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2005 - Surfers are prone to acute injuries as well as conditions resulting from chronic environmental exposure. Sprains, lacerations, strains, and fractures are the most common types of trauma. Injury from the rider's own surfboard may be the prevailing mechanism. Minor wound infections can be...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0615/p2313.html

The Nature and Management of Labor Pain: Part I. Nonpharmacologic Pain Relief - ...

Sep 15, 2003 - Pain in labor is a nearly universal experience for childbearing women. A recent evidence-based symposium on the nature and management of labor pain brought together family physicians, obstetricians, midwives, obstetric anesthesiologists, and childbirth educators to discuss a series of ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0915/p1109.html

Automated Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring: Clinical Utility in the Family Practice...

Jun 1, 2003 - Although the percentage of patients who are treated for hypertension has increased, the percentage of those who demonstrate control of blood pressure has declined. As a result of this trend, clinicians may increasingly rely on ambulatory blood pressure monitoring to improve the ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0601/p2343.html

Acupuncture Is Ineffective for Treatment of Low Back Pain - Letters to the Editor - ...

Dec 15, 2017 - ...to afplet@aafp.org, or 11400 Tomahawk Creek Pkwy., Leawood, KS 66211-2680. Include your complete address, e-mail address, and telephone number. Letters should be fewer than 400 words and limited to six references, one table or figure, and three authors. Letters submitted for...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1215/ol2.html

Gastric Cancer: Diagnosis and Treatment Options - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2004 - Although the overall incidence of gastric cancer has steadily declined in the United States, it is estimated that more than 12,000 persons died from gastric cancer in 2003. The incidence of distal stomach tumors has greatly declined, but reported cases of proximal gastric carcinomas, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0301/p1133.html

Lung Cancer: Diagnosis and Management - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2007 - Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States, with an average five-year survival rate of 15 percent. Smoking remains the predominant risk factor for lung cancer. Lung cancers are categorized as small cell carcinoma or non-small cell carcinoma (e.g., ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0101/p56.html

Cryosurgery for Common Skin Conditions - American Family Physician

May 15, 2004 - Cryosurgery is a highly effective treatment for a broad range of benign skin problems. With appropriate instruction and supervised experience, family physicians can master the technique quickly. Cryosurgery is best suited for use in patients with light skin and for treatment of lesions ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0515/p2365.html

Off-Label Applications for SSRIs - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2003 - Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are widely used because of their safety, tolerability, and demonstrated efficacy across a broad range of clinical conditions. Medical literature supports the use of SSRIs for the treatment of many conditions outside of the indications ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0801/p498.html

Physical Activity Counseling - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2008 - Every year in the United States, at least 250,000 deaths are attributed to lack of physical activity. Because of the health benefits of physical activity, national guidelines recommend participation in 30 minutes of accumulated moderate-intensity physical activity such as walking fast ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0415/p1129.html

Common Hyperpigmentation Disorders in Adults: Part II. Melanoma, Seborrheic Keratoses, ...

Nov 15, 2003 - Nevi, or moles, are localized nevocytic tumors. The American Cancer Society's ABCD rules are useful for differentiating a benign nevus from malignant melanoma. While acanthosis nigricans may signal an underlying malignancy (e.g., gastrointestinal tumor), it more often is associated with...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/1115/p1963.html

Lifestyle Interventions to Reduce Cancer Risk and Improve Outcomes - American Family ...

Jun 1, 2008 - There are more than one half million cancer deaths in the United States each year, and one third of these deaths are attributed to suboptimal diet and physical activity practices. Maintaining a healthy weight, staying physically active throughout life, and consuming a healthy diet can ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0601/p1573.html

Allopurinol Hypersensitivity Assay HLA-B*58:01 Genotyping - Diagnostic Tests: What ...

Nov 1, 2019 - The allopurinol hypersensitivity assay, or HLA-B*58:01 test, is a blood test to detect the presence of a human leukocyte antigen B (HLA-B) genetic variant that increases the risk of life-threatening, severe cutaneous adverse reactions in patients taking allopurinol.

American Family Physician : Diagnostic Tests: What Physicians Need to Know

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1101/p530.html

Open-Angle Glaucoma - American Family Physician

May 1, 2003 - Glaucoma is the second most common cause of legal blindness in the United States. Open-angle glaucoma is an asymptomatic, progressive optic neuropathy characterized by enlarging optic disc cupping and visual field loss. Patients at increased risk for open-angle glaucoma include blacks ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0501/p1937.html

Addiction: Part II. Identification and Management of the Drug-Seeking Patient - ...

Apr 15, 2000 - The medications most often implicated in prescription drug abuse are opioid analgesics, sedative-hypnotics and stimulants. Patients with acute or chronic pain, anxiety disorders and attention-deficit disorder are at increased risk of addiction comorbidity. It is important to ask ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0415/p2401.html

Choosing Tap Water vs. Sterile Saline for Wound Irrigation - Letters to the Editor - ...

Jul 15, 2016 - ...Saline for Wound Irrigation [Medicine by the Numbers] Issue Date: August 1, 2015 Available online at: https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0801/od1.html Original Article: Tap Water vs. Sterile Saline for Wound Irrigation [Medicine by the Numbers] Issue Date: August 1, 2015...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0715/p83.html

Constipation in the Elderly - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 1998 - Constipation affects as many as 26 percent of elderly men and 34 percent of elderly women and is a problem that has been related to diminished perception of quality of life. Constipation may be the sign of a serious problem such as a mass lesion, the manifestation of a systemic disorder...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/0915/p907.html

FPs Make a Difference Volunteering in 'The Big Easy'

Community service opportunities drew 220 family physicians and their families Oct. 9 during the Family Medicine Experience in New Orleans.

https://www.aafp.org/news/2018-congress-fmx/20181010fmx-volunteer.html

FP Delivers Best of Family Medicine Throughout Long Career

During his 65-year career as a family physician, Alexander D. "A.D." Brickler II, M.D., has cared for a remarkable number of Tallahassee families and delivered more than 30,000 babies. The recently retired 90-year-old also helped deliver racially integrated health care to his Florida city.

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190520fdf-brickler.html

Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea Improves Essential Hypertension and Quality of Life - ...

Jan 15, 2002 - About one half of patients who have essential hypertension have obstructive sleep apnea, and about one half of patients who have obstructive sleep apnea have essential hypertension. A growing body of evidence suggests that obstructive sleep apnea is a major contributing factor in the ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0115/p229.html

Screening for Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 1999 - Screening programs relying primarily on physical examination techniques for the early detection and treatment of congenital hip abnormalities have not been as consistently successful as expected. Since the 1980s, increased attention has been given to ultrasound imaging of the hip in ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0701/p177.html

Certification, CME, Residency Issues Top Delegates' Agenda

Delegates to the 2019 Congress of Delegates addressed a number of education-related issues, including the pros and cons of the American Board of Family Medicine's Family Medicine Certification Longitudinal Assessment.

https://www.aafp.org/news/2019-congress-fmx/20191002cod-education.html

Asymptomatic Microscopic Hematuria in Adults: Summary of the AUA Best Practice Policy ...

Mar 15, 2001 - The American Urological Association (AUA) convened the Best Practice Policy Panel on Asymptomatic Microscopic Hematuria to formulate policy statements and recommendations for the evaluation of asymptomatic microhematuria in adults. The recommended definition of microscopic hematuria is ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/0315/p1145.html

The Votes Were Cast. What Does It Mean for Family Medicine?

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin sets the stage for an analysis of the 2018 midterm elections and looks at Wall Street's growing interest in health care.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20181120itt-postelection.html

Office Management of Bartholin Gland Cysts and Abscesses - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 1998 - Bartholin gland cysts and abscesses are common problems in women of reproductive age. Although the cysts are usually asymptomatic, they may become enlarged or infected and cause significant pain. Often the clinician is tempted simply to lance the cyst or abscess, since this technique ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/0401/p1611.html

Written Action Plans for Self-Management of COPD Exacerbations - Cochrane for ...

Mar 1, 2018 - Written self-management plans, especially those that include guidance on smoking cessation, increase health-related quality of life in patients with COPD. They also decrease the need for respiratory-related hospital admissions among patients with high or low baseline risk.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0301/p310.html

Early Diagnosis of Dementia - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2001 - Until recently, the most significant issue facing a family physician regarding the diagnosis and treatment of dementia was ruling out delirium and potentially treatable etiologies. However, as more treatment options become available, it will become increasingly important to diagnose ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/0215/p703.html

Deprescribing Is an Essential Part of Good Prescribing - Editorials - American Family ...

Jan 1, 2019 - There are four important medication issues to discuss with patients as they get older. Find out more and learn the five steps to individualize deprescribing practices for each patient.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0101/p7.html

Malaria Prevention in Travelers - American Family Physician

May 1, 1999 - The prevention of malaria in travelers is becoming a more challenging clinical and public health problem because of the global development of drug-resistant Plasmodium strains of malaria and the increasing popularity of travel to exotic locales. Travelers can reduce their risk of ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0501/p2523.html

Roflumilast (Daliresp) for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease - STEPS - American ...

Feb 15, 2014 - Roflumilast therapy has a limited role in patients with severe COPD, and no role in patients with mild to moderate COPD. It will not decrease the number of hospitalizations.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0215/p300.html

Cirrhosis and Chronic Liver Failure: Part II. Complications and Treatment - American ...

Sep 1, 2006 - Major complications of cirrhosis include ascites, spontaneous bacterial peritonitis, hepatic encephalopathy, portal hypertension, variceal bleeding, and hepatorenal syndrome. Diagnostic studies on ascitic fluid should include a differential leukocyte count, total protein level, a ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0901/p767.html

Workforce Tactic Team Sets Stage to Increase Ranks of FPs

A recent article in Family Medicine sums up the outcomes of three years of work by the Family Medicine for America's Health Workforce Education and Development Tactic Team.

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190304fmahworkforce.html

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