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Neurological Complications of Scuba Diving - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2001 - Recreational scuba diving has become a popular sport in the United States, with almost 9 million certified divers. When severe diving injury occurs, the nervous system is frequently involved. In dive-related barotrauma, compressed or expanding gas within the ears, sinuses and lungs ...

American Family Physician : Article

Evaluation and Treatment of Swallowing Impairments - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2000 - Swallowing disorders are common, especially in the elderly, and may cause dehydration, weight loss, aspiration pneumonia and airway obstruction. These disorders may affect the oral preparatory, oral propulsive, pharyngeal and/or esophageal phases of swallowing. Impaired swallowing, or ...

American Family Physician : Article

Corticosteroids for the Treatment of Sore Throat - Cochrane for Clinicians - American ...

Jan 1, 2014 - In adults with suspected bacterial pharyngitis who require antibiotic therapy, adding a corticosteroid may increase the likelihood of complete pain resolution at 24 hours. Further study is needed to assess the safety of corticosteroids and whether they can be recommended for presumed ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

About the AAFP-PT Evaluation

Find out how to review the AAFP-PT evaluation report including necessary terms and criteria explanations.

Family Physician : Practice and Career

Challenges in Pain Management at the End of Life - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2001 - Effective pain management in the terminally ill patient requires an understanding of pain control strategies. Ongoing assessment of pain is crucial and can be accomplished using various forms and scales. It is also important to determine if the pain is nociceptive (somatic or visceral ...

American Family Physician : Article

People in the News/Awards -- January/February

A number of AAFP members have recently received various honors or recognition.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

Update on Digoxin Therapy in Congestive Heart Failure - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2000 - Congestive heart failure is a progressive disease with significant morbidity and mortality. Despite advances in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases, the incidence and prevalence of congestive heart failure have increased in recent years. Contributing factors include ...

American Family Physician : Article

Are Your Patient Referrals Getting Lost in the Shuffle?

A new guide on how to achieve safer ambulatory referrals emphasizes the importance of beginning and ending the process with a primary care physician.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

How to Find Answers to Clinical Questions - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2009 - Many barriers exist to finding answers to physicians' clinical questions. Lack of time, resources, and computer skills, as well as physicians' environment and attitudes about problem solving, all contribute to unanswered questions. Making use of computer-based information resources can ...

American Family Physician : Article

Four Evidence-Based Communication Strategies to Enhance Patient Care -- FPM

Oct 1, 2018 - These communication skills will increase patient engagement and satisfaction without slowing you down.

Family Practice Management : Articles

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

Pharmacologic Prevention of Osteoporotic Fractures - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2004 - Osteoporosis is characterized by low bone mineral density and a deterioration in the microarchitecture of bone that increases its susceptibility to fracture. The World Health Organization defines osteoporosis as a bone mineral density that is 2.5 standard deviations or more below the ...

American Family Physician : Article

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

Dec 15, 2018 - 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.

American Family Physician : Editorials

Home Monitoring of Glucose and Blood Pressure - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2007 - Home monitoring of blood glucose and blood pressure levels can provide patients and physicians with valuable information in the management of diabetes mellitus and hypertension. Home monitoring allows patients to play an active role in their care and may improve treatment adherence and ...

American Family Physician : Article

Phentermine/Topiramate (Qsymia) for Chronic Weight Management - STEPS - American Family...

Oct 15, 2014 - Phentermine/topiramate has been shown to be a good option for sustained weight loss in patients who are unable to lose weight with diet and exercise alone. It should not be given to patients with a history of significant heart disease, and women of childbearing age should use ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

The Relief of Getting a Diagnosis - Close-ups - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 2009 - The personal side of medicine told from the patient's perspective. The patient's story is followed by commentary from a physician and a list of resources.

American Family Physician : Close-ups

Indications and Recommendations for Pacemaker Therapy - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2005 - Each year, pacemaker therapy is prescribed to approximately 900,000 persons worldwide. Current pacemaker devices treat bradyarrhythmias and tachyarrhythmias and, in some cases, are combined with implantable defibrillators. In older patients, devices that maintain synchrony between atria...

American Family Physician : Article

Effects of Contraceptives on Weight Gain or Loss - Letters to the Editor - American ...

Dec 15, 2017 - ...indications, making generalizations about their effects difficult. Our characterization of these medications was taken from the Obesity Medicine Association's obesity algorithm, which has been updated recently to include potential weight gain with progestins.1 I agree that the cited...

American Family Physician : Letter

Prevention of Recurrent Ischemic Stroke - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2007 - Recurrent ischemic stroke and transient ischemic attack are common problems in primary care, with stroke survivors averaging 10 outpatient visits per year. Risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes, and hypercholesterolemia should be evaluated during each office visit. Attention ...

American Family Physician : Article

Hypertension Treatment and the Prevention of Coronary Heart Disease in the Elderly - ...

Mar 1, 1999 - Both isolated systolic hypertension (>140 mm Hg/<90 mm Hg) and systolic/diastolic hypertension (>140 mm Hg/>90 mm Hg) are major risk factors for cardiovascular disease in the elderly. Specific antihypertensive drug therapy is available if lifestyle interventions fail to reduce blood ...

American Family Physician : Article

Maternal Pertussis Vaccination During Pregnancy - FPIN's Help Desk Answers - American ...

Apr 1, 2019 - Women should receive the Tdap vaccine during pregnancy regardless of previous immunization history. Infants whose mothers received prenatal immunization had 50% fewer cases of pertussis compared with those whose mothers received postpartum immunization.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

Gabapentin for the Prophylaxis of Episodic Migraine in Adults - Cochrane for Clinicians...

May 1, 2014 - Gabapentin does not decrease the frequency of migraine headaches and is not recommended for prophylactic therapy.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

Removal of Unwanted Facial Hair - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2002 - Unwanted facial hair is a common problem that is seldom discussed in the primary care setting. Although men occasionally request removal of unwanted facial hair, women most often seek help with this condition. Physicians generally neglect to address the problem if the patient does not ...

American Family Physician : Article

Case Studies in International Medicine - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 1999 - Family physicians in the United States are increasingly called on to manage the complex clinical problems of newly arrived immigrants and refugees. Case studies and discussions are provided in this article to update physicians on the diagnosis and management of potentially unfamiliar ...

American Family Physician : Article

Diagnosis and Treatment of Testicular Cancer - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2008 - Testicular cancer is the most common malignancy in men 20 to 35 years of age and has an annual incidence of four per 100,000. If diagnosed early, the cure rate is nearly 99 percent. Risk factors for testicular cancer include cryptorchidism (i.e., undescended testicles), family history, ...

American Family Physician : Article

The secret to getting a 10 percent Medicare bonus in 2011

The secret to getting a 10 percent Medicare bonus in 2011

Publications : FPM

PPIs, Childhood Asthma, and the Problem of Therapeutic Creep - AFP Journal Club - ...

Mar 15, 2014 - The use of a therapy in patients one would intuitively think might benefit, but in whom no benefit has been documented, is called therapeutic creep. The use of proton pump inhibitors for poorly controlled asthma is an example of this phenomenon.

American Family Physician : AFP Journal Club

Recognition and Management of Acute Pesticide Poisoning - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2002 - Most poisonings from pesticides do not have a specific antidote, making decontamination the most important intervention. For maximal benefit to the patient, skin, eye, and gastric decontamination should be undertaken while specifics of the poisoning are being determined. As in most ...

American Family Physician : Article

Current Prostate Cancer Screening Guidelines May Lead to More Deaths from the Disease -...

Sep 15, 2016 - is estimated that more than 1,200 more men will eventually die from prostate cancer because they have not been screened.2,3 Maybe that number is not high enough for researchers to be concerned, but it concerns me and my patients. I have no doubt that once deaths from prostate...

American Family Physician : Letter

More Students Match Into Family Medicine While Specialty Eyes New Workforce Goals

More Students Match Into Family Medicine While Specialty Eyes New Workforce Goals

AAFP News : Media Center

Which Quality Measures Should You Report? -- FPM

Aug 1, 2017 - Here’s how to select the measures that will maximize your success under Medicare’s new Quality Payment Program.

Family Practice Management : Articles

Patient Awareness of the Importance of Immunizations

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, which serves as a reminder both of the importance of vaccines in protecting community health, and of the immunization-related resources the Academy offers members.

AAFP News : Patient Care

The Use of Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography to Rule Out CAD in the ED - AFP ...

Nov 15, 2012 - Is coronary CTA good enough to allow for the safe discharge of low- to intermediate-risk patients with chest pain? Coronary CTA and standard care were equally effective at identifying a low-risk population. The test saved seven hospital hours, but at the expense of radiation exposure, ...

American Family Physician : AFP Journal Club

Appropriate Use of Antibiotics for URIs in Children: Part II. Cough, Pharyngitis and ...

Oct 15, 1998 - This article summarizes the principles of judicious antimicrobial therapy for three of the five conditions--cough, pharyngitis, the common cold--that account for most of the outpatient use of these drugs in the United States. The principles governing the other two conditions, otitis ...

American Family Physician : Article

Gastroesophageal Reflux in Infants and Children - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 2001 - Gastroesophageal reflux is a common, self-limited process in infants that usually resolves by six to 12 months of age. Effective, conservative management involves thickened feedings, positional treatment, and parental reassurance. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a less common,...

American Family Physician : Article

Anterior Hip Pain - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 1999 - Anterior hip pain is a common complaint with many possible causes. Apophyseal avulsion and slipped capital femoral epiphysis should not be overlooked in adolescents. Muscle and tendon strains are common in adults. Subsequent to accurate diagnosis, strains should improve with rest and ...

American Family Physician : Article

Common Problems in Endurance Athletes - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2007 - Endurance athletes alternate periods of intensive physical training with periods of rest and recovery to improve performance. An imbalance caused by overly intensive training and inadequate recovery leads to a breakdown in tissue reparative mechanisms and eventually to overuse injuries....

American Family Physician : Article

New Contraceptive Options - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2004 - Almost one half of pregnancies in the United States are unintended. Primary reasons for the high rate of unplanned pregnancy include dissatisfaction with or underuse of effective contraceptive methods and poor compliance with contraceptive methods that require daily adherence. Several ...

American Family Physician : Article

Treating Fibromyalgia - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2000 - Fibromyalgia is an extremely common chronic condition that can be challenging to manage. Although the etiology remains unclear, characteristic alterations in the pattern of sleep and changes in neuroendocrine transmitters such as serotonin, substance P, growth hormone and cortisol ...

American Family Physician : Article

Baloxavir Reduces Symptom Duration Similar to Oseltamivir, Primarily Within 24 Hours of...

Dec 15, 2019 - Baloxavir has similar efficacy to oseltamivir (Tamiflu) (33-hour reduction in duration of symptoms compared with placebo) and, like oseltamivir, is most effective when given within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms.

American Family Physician : POEMs

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: Lou Gehrig's Disease - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 1999 - Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly called Lou Gehrig's disease, is a progressive neuromuscular condition characterized by weakness, muscle wasting, fasciculations and increased reflexes. Approximately 30,000 Americans currently have the disease. The annual incidence rate is ...

American Family Physician : Article

Evaluation and Treatment of Galactorrhea - American Family Physician

May 1, 2001 - Galactorrhea, or inappropriate lactation, is a relatively common problem that occurs in approximately 20 to 25 percent of women. Lactation requires the presence of estrogen, progesterone and, most importantly, prolactin. Stress, suckling, sleep, sexual intercourse and medications may ...

American Family Physician : Article

Update on Oral Contraceptive Pills - American Family Physician

Nov 1, 1999 - Oral contraceptive pills are widely used and are generally safe and effective for many women. The World Health Organization has developed a risk classification system to help physicians advise patients about the safety of oral contraceptive pills. The choice of pill formulation is ...

American Family Physician : Article

Treatment of Hypertension: Insights from the JNC-VI Report - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 1998 - The sixth report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure (JNC-VI) provides updated guidelines for the treatment of hypertension. Antihypertensive drug therapy may be initiated either after a trial of lifestyle ...

American Family Physician : Article

Chronic Care Management in the Real World -- FPM

Oct 1, 2015 - Physicians share their actual experiences, successes, and stumbles as they implement chronic care management in their practices.

Family Practice Management : Articles

Ten EHR Strategies for Efficient Documentation -- FPM

Aug 1, 2020 - Applying even one of these 10 strategies can help you reduce frustration, improve productivity, and get home earlier.

Family Practice Management : Articles

Heading Off the Primary Care Physician Shortage

It’s projected most states will face a shortage of primary care physicians within the next four years. Transformative new technologies like ambient clinical intelligence can—and must—help to mitigate those shortfalls and future-proof access to high quality care. Learn more about how ...

About AAFP : Engage with the AAFP

Tips From the Virtual Interview Trail

Virtual residency interviews may remain part of the Match process beyond the pandemic. Fourth-year student Cynthia Ciccotelli offers future applicants her insights.

AAFP News : Blogs

Female Sexual Dysfunction: Evaluation and Treatment - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2000 - Sexual dysfunction includes desire, arousal, orgasmic and sex pain disorders (dyspareunia and vaginismus). Primary care physicians must assume a proactive role in the diagnosis and treatment of these disorders. Long-term medical diseases, minor ailments, medications and psychosocial ...

American Family Physician : Article

Warfarin Therapy: Evolving Strategies in Anticoagulation - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 1999 - Warfarin is the oral anticoagulant most frequently used to control and prevent thromboembolic disorders. Prescribing the dose that both avoids hemorrhagic complications and achieves sufficient suppression of thrombosis requires a thorough understanding of the drug's unique pharmacology....

American Family Physician : Article

Travel Immunizations - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2004 - Advising travelers on vaccine-preventable illnesses is increasingly becoming the responsibility of primary care physicians. The approach to vaccine recommendations should be based on a thorough assessment of the risks for travel-related diseases, the time available before trip ...

American Family Physician : Article

Pessaries for Managing Pelvic Organ Prolapse in Women - Cochrane for Clinicians - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Jun 1, 2021 - Pessaries combined with pelvic floor muscle training (PFMT) probably improve pelvic organ prolapse symptoms in women and prolapse-specific quality of life compared with PFMT alone.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

Student Choice of Family Medicine, Incentives for Increasing

Read AAFP's position on strategies and incentives to encourage medical students' choice of family medicine as a career.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

Interstitial Cystitis: Urgency and Frequency Syndrome - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2001 - Interstitial cystitis is a chronic, severely debilitating disease of the urinary bladder. Excessive urgency and frequency of urination, suprapubic pain, dyspareunia, chronic pelvic pain and negative urine cultures are characteristic of interstitial cystitis. The course of the disease is...

American Family Physician : Article

Digoxin Therapy for Heart Failure: An Update - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2006 - Digoxin therapy has long been used to treat heart failure; however, its effectiveness was not completely known until recently. Results of the Digitalis Investigation Group trial showed that adding digoxin to standard heart failure therapy had no effect on mortality. However, adding ...

American Family Physician : Article

Uterine Fibroid Tumors: Diagnosis and Treatment - American Family Physician

May 15, 2007 - The incidence of uterine fibroid tumors increases as women grow older, and they may occur in more than 30 percent of women 40 to 60 years of age. Risk factors include nulliparity, obesity, family history, black race, and hypertension. Many tumors are asymptomatic and may be diagnosed ...

American Family Physician : Article

Study Examines Certain Physicians' Readiness to Treat OUD

According to a study published in the August/September issue of Annals of Family Medicine, few early-career family physicians report being adequately trained to provide buprenorphine treatment for opioid use disorder, and even fewer say they provide it in their practices.

AAFP News : Patient Care

How to Recognize and Treat Acute HIV Syndrome - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 1999 - The diagnosis of acute human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) syndrome requires a high index of suspicion and proper laboratory testing. Patients with the syndrome may have fever, fatigue, rash, pharyngitis or other symptoms. Primary HIV infection should be considered in any patient with ...

American Family Physician : Article

Resident Delegate to the American Medical Association

Represent AAFP resident interests at AMA meetings and interact with AMA delegates from the AAFP.

Membership : AAFP Member Welcome Center

Screening for Ovarian Cancer with CA 125 and Ultrasound Algorithm Does Not Reduce ... Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2021 - Like the U.S. Prostate, Lung, Colorectal and Ovarian Cancer Screening Trial, this large and long U.K. study found no reduction in ovarian cancer mortality with screening using ultrasonography or a multimodal CA 125–based screening strategy.

American Family Physician : POEMs

Assessing Bleeding Risk in Patients Taking Anticoagulants - Point-of-Care Guides - ...

Oct 1, 2017 - Family physicians are often faced with the dilemma of balancing the benefit of stroke prevention with the risk of major bleeding when deciding on anticoagulation treatment in patients with atrial fibrillation. Over the past 10 years, several decision support tools have been developed ...

American Family Physician : Point-of-Care Guides

Evaluating Proteinuria in Children - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 1998 - Proteinuria is a common laboratory finding in children. It can be identified as either a transient or a persistent finding and can represent a benign condition or a serious disease. A rapid but qualitative assessment of proteinuria can be made using dipstick or sulfosalicylic acid ...

American Family Physician : Article

Study Finds Disturbing Trends in Vaccination Exemptions

Results of a new study show that the number of nonmedical exemptions for childhood vaccinations has increased in two-thirds of the states that allow exemptions for philosophical, as well as religious, reasons.

AAFP News : Patient Care

Topical Therapies for Glaucoma: What Family Physicians Need to Know - American Family ...

Apr 1, 1999 - Medication classes historically used in the management of glaucoma include beta blockers, miotics, sympathomimetics and carbonic anhydrase inhibitors. Because topically applied medications are more site specific, they are preferred in the treatment of glaucoma. Compared with oral ...

American Family Physician : Article

Peripheral Artery Disease Screening and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment with the...

Dec 15, 2014 - J.P. is a 40-year-old man with a 15 pack-year smoking history. His father has type 2 diabetes mellitus. J.P.'s vital signs, weight, and lipid levels are within normal limits. At his office visit, he brings an advertisement for a health fair with information on screening for peripheral ...

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

Recommendations for Preconception Care - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2007 - Every woman of reproductive age who is capable of becoming pregnant is a candidate for preconception care, regardless of whether she is planning to conceive. Preconception care is aimed at identifying and modifying biomedical, behavioral, and social risks through preventive and ...

American Family Physician : Article

Family Medicine Leads Scholarships for National Conference

Find out what scholarships are available for attendees of the AAFP National Conference.

Membership : Member Benefits

Returning to Work While Breastfeeding - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 2003 - Mothers who work outside the home initiate breastfeeding at the same rate as mothers who stay at home. However, the breastfeeding continuance rate declines sharply in mothers who return to work. While the work environment may be less than ideal for the breastfeeding mother, obstacles ...

American Family Physician : Article

Is the New Model of Family Medicine Financially Viable? -- FPM

May 1, 2005 - Findings from the Future of Family Medicine project suggest the New Model could boost your income or enable you to work fewer hours.

Family Practice Management : Articles

Primary Care of Infants and Young Children with Down Syndrome - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 1999 - Down syndrome is caused by triplicate material of chromosome 21. The syndrome has a variable physical expression, but congenital cardiac defects, transient myelodysplasia of the newborn and duodenal atresia are highly specific for this chromosomal disorder. Routine health maintenance is...

American Family Physician : Article

Steroids for the Treatment of Otitis Media with Effusion in Children - Cochrane for ...

Feb 1, 2012 - Oral steroid use, alone or in combination with antibiotics, speeds the resolution of otitis media with effusion. However, there is no evidence that oral steroids improve symptoms or affect long-term outcomes, such as hearing loss. Topical nasal steroids have no effect on otitis media ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

Gluten-Sensitive Enteropathy (Celiac Disease): More Common than You Think - American ...

Dec 15, 2002 - Gluten-sensitive enteropathy or, as it is more commonly called, celiac disease, is an autoimmune inflammatory disease of the small intestine that is precipitated by the ingestion of gluten, a component of wheat protein, in genetically susceptible persons. Exclusion of dietary gluten ...

American Family Physician : Article

The Economics of Our Health Care System Are Horrifying

Millions of Americans are forgoing health care because of cost while others are accruing staggering debt to pay for care. AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Management and Policy Shawn Martin examines a growing crisis in this In the Trenches blog post.

AAFP News : Blogs

The AFP Podcast: 1 Million Downloads and Counting

The American Family Physician podcast has become one of the most important programs of its kind, bringing information to family physicians, residents and medical students with an average of 41,000 downloads each month.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

Once-Weekly Semaglutide Is an Effective Adjunct for Weight Loss in Adults without ... Restricted content. Login required.

Jul 1, 2021 - Once-weekly subcutaneous semaglutide used as an adjunct to intensive behavioral therapy significantly improves the likelihood that adults without diabetes who are overweight or obese will lose at least 5% of their baseline body weight compared with placebo.

American Family Physician : POEMs

Pharmacologic Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease: An Update - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2003 - Alzheimer's disease is characterized by the development of senile plaques and neurofibrillary tangles, which are associated with neuronal destruction, particularly in cholinergic neurons. Drugs that inhibit the degradation of acetylcholine within synapses are the mainstay of therapy. ...

American Family Physician : Article

ACE Inhibitors or ARBs to Prevent CKD in Patients with Microalbuminuria - FPIN's ...

Oct 15, 2016 - ACE inhibitors reduce the risk of progression to macroalbuminuria in normotensive patients with microalbuminuria and type 1 diabetes mellitus.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

The Need for Systems of Care and a Trauma-Informed Approach to Intimate Partner ...

Jun 1, 2018 - ...In Reply: We appreciate Drs. Cronholm and Dichter's response to our IPV update. Many family medicine practices have embraced a team-based approach, in which physicians are able to focus their time and energy on addressing the complex ways trauma affects patients' health and on...

American Family Physician : Letter

A Needed Role Model and Advocate for Family Medicine

Family physician Andrea Anderson, M.D., has helped her specialty take root at a school that had lacked a family medicine presence.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

Survey Finds COVID-19 Misinformation Continues to Spread

Findings from a new Kaiser Family Foundation report indicate that a substantial number of people either believe or are unsure about false statements regarding COVID-19 and the vaccines used to prevent it. The AAFP offers several resources to help FPs educate patients.

AAFP News : Patient Care

Approach to Vaso-occlussive Crisis in Adults with Sickle Cell Disease - American Family...

Mar 1, 2000 - The vaso-occlusive crisis, or sickle cell crisis, is a common painful complication of sickle cell disease in adolescents and adults. Acute episodes of severe pain (crises) are the primary reason that these patients seek medical care in hospital emergency departments. Frequently, ...

American Family Physician : Article

Confirmed U.S. Measles Cases Now Highest in 25 Years

The CDC reported this week that the number of confirmed measles cases in the United States had reached 695, the highest figure since 1994 and more than the total number of measles cases for 2016, 2017 and 2018 combined.

AAFP News : Patient Care

AAFP to HRSA: Primary Care Services Best Delivered by FPs

The AAFP has responded to a request for information from the Health Resources and Services Administration regarding rural communities' access to health care services. Noting that 17% of AAFP members currently practice in rural areas, the Academy said FPs are best-suited to deliver ...

AAFP News : Practice and Career

New Research Finds Rise in Pediatric Deaths From Opioids

Findings from an analysis of CDC mortality data suggest that the number of opioid-related deaths in children each year may be much higher than previously reported.

AAFP News : Patient Care

Assessment and Treatment of Bulimia Nervosa - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 1998 - Bulimia nervosa is characterized by binge eating and inappropriate compensatory behaviors, such as vomiting, fasting, excessive exercise and the misuse of diuretics, laxatives or enemas. Although the etiology of this disorder is unknown, genetic and neurochemical factors have been ...

American Family Physician : Article

Screening for Breast Cancer: Current Recommendations and Future Directions - American ...

Jun 1, 2007 - Breast cancer is one of the most significant health concerns in the United States. Recent reviews have questioned the value of traditional breast cancer screening methods. Breast self-examination has been shown not to improve cancer-specific or all-cause mortality in large studies, but ...

American Family Physician : Article

Advance Directives: Navigating Conflicts Between Expressed Wishes and Best Interests - ...

Apr 1, 2015 - Clinicians and surrogates can be faced with challenging decisions when a patient loses the capacity to participate in medical decision making. A significant number of hospitalized and critically ill adults lose decision-making capacity during hospital stays and cannot make treatment ...

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

Topiramate for the Prophylaxis of Episodic Migraine in Adults - Cochrane for Clinicians...

Jul 1, 2014 - Topiramate in a dosage of 100 mg per day is effective for decreasing the frequency of headaches in adults with episodic migraine.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

Risks of Elective Labor Induction vs. Expectant Management - FPIN's Help Desk Answers -...

May 1, 2019 - Elective labor induction at 39 weeks’ gestation leads to a mean 145-g (5.1-oz) lower birth weight compared with expectant management, but there is conflicting evidence about the effects on rates of cesarean delivery, perinatal mortality, operative vaginal birth, and admission to the ...

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

Poisoning, Envenomation, and Trauma from Marine Creatures - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2004 - In the course of their clinical work or during leisure activity, family physicians occasionally may encounter patients with injuries from marine creatures. Poisoning, envenomation, and direct trauma are all possible in the marine environment. Ciguatera poisoning can result from ...

American Family Physician : Article

Violence in the Media and Entertainment (Position Paper)

Read the AAFP's position paper on violence in the media and its effect on American children.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

Colorectal Cancer: Risk Factors and Recommendations for Early Detection - American ...

Jun 1, 1999 - Spurred by mounting evidence that the detection and treatment of early-stage colorectal cancers and adenomatous polyps can reduce mortality, Medicare and some other payors recently authorized reimbursement for colorectal cancer screening in persons at average risk for this malignancy. A...

American Family Physician : Article

FPs in Advocacy Don’t Need to Reinvent the Wheel

Stewart Decker, M.D., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that the key to getting involved in public health is identifying the people who are working on issues you care about and offering your expertise.

AAFP News : Blogs

Calcium Channel Antagonists: Morbidity and Mortality - What's the Evidence? - American ...

Apr 1, 1998 - Recent studies have shown an association between the use of calcium channel antagonists for the treatment of hypertension and an increased risk of myocardial infarction, gastrointestinal hemorrhage and cancer. The interpretation of the results of these studies and their application to ...

American Family Physician : Article

Federal Budget Deal Brings Wins for Family Medicine

The Bipartisan Budget Act brings needed support for many AAFP priorities that will help family physicians and the nearly 200 million patients they care for.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

COVID-19: The AAFP Is Working to Keep You Informed, Prepared

As COVID-19 spreads, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an update on the resources the Academy is making available and the steps it is taking to help family physicians prepare for the pandemic.

AAFP News : Blogs

Alcoholics Anonymous and Other 12-Step Facilitation Programs for Alcohol Use Disorder -... Restricted content. Login required.

Mar 1, 2021 - Manualized (standardized and replicable) Alcoholics Anonymous and similar 12-step facilitation programs produce higher rates of continuous abstinence than other established treatments.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

Guanfacine (Intuniv) for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder - STEPS - American ...

Feb 15, 2011 - Guanfacine is an effective short-term treatment option for ADHD in children six to 12 years of age. Sedation is a marked problem in many children. Patients should take the medication daily to avoid adverse effects that occur with abrupt discontinuation or when the guanfacine is restarted.

American Family Physician : STEPS

Subclinical Thyroid Disease - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2005 - Subclinical thyroid dysfunction is defined as an abnormal serum thyroid-stimulating hormone level (reference range: 0.45 to 4.50 microU per mL) and free thyroxine and triiodothyronine levels within their reference ranges. The management of subclinical thyroid dysfunction is ...

American Family Physician : Article

Lowering the Age for Routine Influenza Vaccination to 50 Years: AAFP Leads the Nation ...

Nov 1, 1999 - The American Academy of Family Physicians now recommends that all persons 50 years of age and older receive an annual influenza vaccination, because the rates of morbidity and mortality associated with influenza are high and vaccination is cost-effective. Reasons for lowering the ...

American Family Physician : Article

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