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Tools for Better Dementia Care -- FPM

Feb 1, 2019 - Quality measures and clinical tools can bring focus and clarity to caring for patients with cognitive impairment and supporting their caregivers.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0100/p11.html

Family Medicine Is Key to Abundant Opportunities

Former AAFP President Warren Jones, M.D., has been taking on leadership roles in family medicine for decades. At 71, he's not done yet.

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20191014fdf-jones.html

The EHR Conundrum: How We Got Here, How to Change It

The EHR Conundrum: How We Got Here, How to Change It

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

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

Recognition and Management of Hereditary Hemochromatosis - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2002 - Hereditary hemochromatosis is the most common inherited single-gene disorder in people of northern European descent. It is characterized by increased intestinal absorption of iron, with deposition of the iron in multiple organs. Previously, the classic description was combined diabetes ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0301/p853.html

Early Cardioversion No Better Than Delayed Cardioversion for Recent-Onset Symptomatic ...

Nov 15, 2019 - For patients presenting to the emergency department with recent-onset symptomatic atrial fibrillation, early cardioversion is no better than delayed cardioversion in achieving sinus rhythm within four weeks.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1115/p648.html

Support the Primary Care Caucus

For the first time, there is a congressional caucus focused on primary care. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines how family physicians can show their support for the Primary Care Caucus.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/support_the_primary_care_caucus.html

Using Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention to Address Patients' Risky Drinking -- FPM

Jun 1, 2017 - Asking patients about their drinking habits is a straightforward way to boost health and revenue.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2017/0500/p12.html

Understanding the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program

If you didn't match, there's still an opportunity to match to a residency program through the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP).

https://www.aafp.org/students-residents/medical-students/become-a-resident/match/understanding-the-supplemental-offer-and-acceptance-program.html

Identification and Management of Tuberculosis - American Family Physician

May 1, 2000 - Although the resurgence of tuberculosis in the early 1990s has largely been controlled, the risk of contracting this disease remains high in homeless persons, recent immigrants and persons infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Purified protein derivative testing should ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0501/p2667.html

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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0415/p1599.html

Witnessing Domestic Violence: the Effect on Children - Medicine and Society - American ...

Dec 1, 2002 - ...Medicine and Society Witnessing Domestic Violence: The Effect on Children MELISSA M. STILES, M.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School, Madison, Wisconsin Am Fam Physician. 2002 Dec 1;66(11):2052-2067. Domestic violence is an ongoing experience of physical, psychologic,...

American Family Physician : Medicine and Society

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/1201/p2052.html

Recognition and Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 1998 - Obsessive-compulsive disorder is relatively common; however, its actual incidence has only recently become clear. The neurotransmitter serotonin appears to have a central role in this disorder. Males and females are affected equally, with onset usually occurring in late adolescence. ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/0401/p1623.html

Combination Vaccines for Childhood Immunization - American Family Physician

May 1, 1999 - An increasing number of new and improved vaccines to prevent childhood diseases are being introduced. Combination vaccines represent one solution to the problem of increased numbers of injections during single clinic visits. This statement provides general guidance on the use of ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0501/p2565.html

New Tests for Cervical Cancer Screening - American Family Physician

Sep 1, 2001 - The Papanicolaou (Pap) smear has been used to screen women for cervical cancer since 1940. Recently, a number of new technologies have been developed to improve the detection of cervical cancer and its precursors. However, there is substantial controversy about whether the new tests ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/0901/p780.html

Are Neuraminidase Inhibitors Effective for Preventing and Treating Influenza in Healthy...

Oct 1, 2012 - Treating previously healthy patients with oseltamivir (Tamiflu) reduces the duration of influenza symptoms by approximately 21 hours, but it does not reduce the risk of hospitalization in this population.1 The data are insufficient to determine whether oseltamivir reduces the ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1001/p624.html

The Effects of Combination Contraceptives on Weight - Cochrane for Clinicians - ...

Dec 1, 2012 - Compared with placebo or no intervention, the use of combination contraceptives was not associated with weight gain. Most studies comparing different types of combination contraceptives showed no statistically significant effects on weight.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1201/p1009.html

Screening Your Adult Patients for Depression -- FPM

Apr 1, 2016 - Family physicians are well-placed to catch depression in patients early - and get reimbursed for it.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2016/0300/p16.html

How Do Clinical Practice Guidelines Go Awry? - AFP Journal Club - American Family ...

Sep 15, 2012 - Many guidelines are dominated by recommendations from experts and are not based on sound clinical studies. The development of clinical practice guidelines needs to be transparent and devoid of commercial, financial, and political influences. Physicians should also be wary of outdated ...

American Family Physician : AFP Journal Club

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0915/p514.html

AAFP Immunization Materials Help Keep FPs Informed

The Academy recently mailed laminated, full-color copies of the 2020 adult, childhood/adolescent and catch-up immunization schedules developed by the ACIP to all active members.

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200501immschedules.html

Management of Female Sexual Assault - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 1998 - A sexual assault occurs once every 6.4 minutes in the United States. One in every six women will be raped during her lifetime. Although a woman is four times more likely to be assaulted by someone she knows than by someone she does not know, the majority of these crimes go unreported ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/0915/p920.html

Triple Inhaled Therapy Provides a Small Reduction in Moderate COPD Exacerbations, No ... Restricted content. Login required.

Jan 15, 2021 - Triple inhaled therapy, with budesonide (Pulmicort) in a dose of either 160 mcg or 320 mcg daily plus a long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA) and a long-acting beta2 agonist (LABA), reduces moderate exacerbations (a need for an antibiotic or steroid for three or more days) more than ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0115/od2.html

Depression in Women: Diagnostic and Treatment Considerations - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 1999 - Women experience depression twice as often as men. The diagnostic criteria for depression are the same for both sexes, but women with depression more frequently experience guilt, anxiety, increased appetite and sleep, weight gain and comorbid eating disorders. Women may achieve higher ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0701/p225.html

AAFP Endorses AAO-HNS Tonsillectomy in Children Guideline

The AAFP has endorsed an updated guideline on tonsillectomy in children that was developed by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. The guideline was published Feb. 5 in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190227aao-hnstonsillectomygdln.html

Global Health Organizations Founded/Operated by AAFP Members

Access information about global health organizations founded and/or operated by AAFP members.

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/global-health/ngo.html

Giant Cell Arteritis: Biopsy After Corticosteroid Initiation - FPIN's Clinical ...

Jan 15, 2017 - Corticosteroid therapy in patients with suspected giant cell arteritis should not degrade the accuracy of temporal artery biopsy if the biopsy is performed within four weeks of corticosteroid initiation. Temporal artery biopsy can be performed up to four weeks after starting high-dose ...

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0115/p116.html

Membrane Sweeping to Decrease Rates of Postdate Induction - FPIN's Help Desk Answers - ...

Jan 1, 2017 - In uncomplicated pregnancies, membrane sweeping at 38 to 40 weeks' gestation safely decreases the rate of postdate inductions. Membrane sweeping increases the incidence of spontaneous labor, especially in the subsequent seven days, and results in fewer pregnancies extending beyond 41 ...

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0101/p35.html

Physicians Must Be Vigilant for Sex Trafficking in Unaccompanied Minors - Letters to ...

May 15, 2015 - ...National Center for Missing and Exploited Children conservatively estimates at least 100,000 children are exploited by DMST each year.5 Such numbers represent many missed opportunities to identify, care for, and potentially assist in freeing minors from this form of slavery. Family...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0515/p674.html

Elagolix (Orilissa) for Endometriosis Pain - STEPS - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2019 - Elagolix can decrease pain in women with endometriosis, but it is expensive and has adverse effects similar to those of other medications that decrease estrogen levels.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1015/p502.html

AAFP Digs In, Gives CMS Comprehensive Comments on MPFS

The AAFP sent a 92-page letter to CMS with recommendations on how to improve the proposed 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule so it better supports family medicine.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180906mpfscomments.html

Make Your Voice Heard; Take the Member Survey

The AAFP Member Satisfaction Survey plays a key role in directing Academy resources to meet family physicians' needs. AAFP President-elect Gary LeRoy, M.D., urges members to take advantage of this opportunity to make their voices heard.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190417lv-satisfaction.html

Raloxifene: A Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 1999 - Raloxifene is a selective estrogen receptor modulator that produces both estrogen-agonistic effects on bone and lipid metabolism and estrogen-antagonistic effects on uterine endometrium and breast tissue. Because of its tissue selectivity, raloxifene may have fewer side effects than are...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0915/p1131.html

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.

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20180426afppodcast.html

Quinine for Leg Cramps - Cochrane for Clinicians - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2016 - Quinine is moderately effective in decreasing the frequency and intensity of muscle cramps, but it is also associated with an increase in minor adverse effects. In addition, there is a risk of rare but serious adverse effects.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0201/p177.html

Common Dietary Supplements for Weight Loss - American Family Physician

Nov 1, 2004 - Over-the-counter dietary supplements to treat obesity appeal to many patients who desire a 'magic bullet' for weight loss. Asking overweight patients about their use of weight-loss supplements and understanding the evidence for the efficacy, safety, and quality of these supplements are ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/1101/p1731.html

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.

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181003buprenorphine.html

Allergen Immunotherapy - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2004 - Allergen immunotherapy (also called allergy vaccine therapy) involves the administration of gradually increasing quantities of specific allergens to patients with IgE-mediated conditions until a dose is reached that is effective in reducing disease severity from natural exposure. The ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0815/p689.html

Questions About the Application Process

View frequently asked questions regarding the AAFP CME Credit System and the application process.

https://www.aafp.org/cme/credit-system/faq/application-process.html

Valerian - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2003 - Valerian is a traditional herbal sleep remedy that has been studied with a variety of methodologic designs using multiple dosages and preparations. Research has focused on subjective evaluations of sleep patterns, particularly sleep latency, and study populations have primarily ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0415/p1755.html

APMs: A Primer on the New Payment Model

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act established two distinct payment systems for physicians. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an introduction to Alternative Payment Models.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/apms_a_primer_on_the.html

Table 8: Medicare Participation by Family Physicians

Table 8: Medicare Participation by Family Physicians

About AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/about/dive-into-family-medicine/family-medicine-facts/table8.html

Alcohol-Related Problems: Recognition and Intervention - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 1999 - Early identification of alcohol-related problems is important because these problems are prevalent, pose serious health risks to patients and their families, and are amenable to intervention. Physicians may be able to help patients change their drinking behaviors. The most effective ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0115/p361.html

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

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/violence-media-entertainment.html

Synthetic Cannabinoid Poisoning Outbreak Poses Challenges

A physician who treated some of the recent cases of severe bleeding linked to contaminated synthetic cannabinoids says the outbreak highlighted the advantages of taking a family medicine approach to a public health crisis.

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180518cannabinoids.html

Antibiotic Prophylaxis for UTIs in Patients with Neurogenic Bladder - FPIN's Help Desk ...

Feb 1, 2019 - Daily antibiotic prophylaxis should not be used in patients with acute and nonacute spinal cord injuries.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0201/p186.html

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 : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200317itt-covidefforts.html

Increased Alignment in Preventive Services Recommendations for Children - Editorials - ...

Aug 15, 2016 - Increased alignment between preventive services recommendations from the two major physician specialty groups who care for children.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0815/p272.html

AHRQ's Tools for Better Practice: Helping Family Physicians Manage Today's Challenges -...

Nov 1, 2017 - The AHRQ invests in innovative primary care research to generate new knowledge, synthesize existing evidence that is applicable to the primary care setting, and create tools for improving primary care practice. They would like your feedback on the tools included in this article.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1101/p569.html

Prevention and Early Detection of Malignant Melanoma - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2000 - In addressing the problem of malignant melanoma, family physicians should emphasize primary prevention. This includes educating patients about the importance of avoiding excessive sun exposure and preventing sunburns, and advising them about the importance of prompt self-referral for ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/1115/p2277.html

Spread the Word: Teaching Health Centers Deserve Support

Bills have been introduced in Congress that would authorize funding for the teaching health center program. Resident Michelle Byrne, M.D., M.P.H., makes the case for supporting the model, and tells others how they can help.

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190307lv-thcgme.html

Screening for Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Adolescents and Adults - Putting ... Restricted content. Login required.

Sep 15, 2020 - M.S. is a 20-year-old man who presents for a preemployment physical examination. He states that he is single, has two or three drinks per month on social occasions, does not smoke, is sexually active, and does not use illicit drugs.

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0915/p367.html

Disability Certifications in Adult Workers: A Practical Approach - American Family ...

Nov 1, 2001 - Family physicians are frequently asked to complete disability certification forms for workers. The certification process can be contentious because of the number of stakeholders, the varying definitions of disability and the nature of the administrative systems. Insufficient training on...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/1101/p1579.html

Evaluation and Treatment of Urinary Tract Infections in Children - American Family ...

Apr 1, 1998 - Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are among the most common bacterial infections encountered by primary care physicians. Although UTIs do not occur with as great a frequency in children as in adults, they can be a source of significant morbidity in children. For reasons that are not yet ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/0401/p1573.html

Cutaneous Melanoma: Update on Prevention, Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment - ...

Jul 15, 2005 - Melanoma is an increasingly common malignancy, and it affects a younger population than most cancers. Risk factors for melanoma include white race, sun sensitivity, family history of melanoma, and melanocytic nevi. Sunburn and intermittent sun exposure appear to increase the risk of ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0715/p269.html

Impact of Exercise-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation - Cochrane for Clinicians - American ...

Dec 1, 2016 - Exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation reduces cardiovascular mortality and hospitalization. There is no evidence that it reduces the rates of total mortality, myocardial infarctions, coronary artery bypass grafts, or percutaneous coronary interventions.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1201/p881.html

Topical Antifungals for Treatment of Onychomycosis - FPIN's Help Desk Answers - ...

Nov 1, 2016 - Topical antifungal agents are effective in treating onychomycosis, with a number needed to treat (NNT) of 7 to 17.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1101/p734.html

AAFP Urges Congress to Uphold Health Care Coverage Expansion

The number of uninsured Americans has fallen nearly 6 percent in recent years. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin examines how Congressional efforts could undermine that progress and outlines key insurance reforms the Academy intends to...

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/aafp_urges_congress_to_uphold.html

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.

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20200511fdf-anderson.html

Diagnosis and Management of Osteomyelitis - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2001 - Acute osteomyelitis is the clinical term for a new infection in bone. This infection occurs predominantly in children and is often seeded hematogenously. In adults, osteomyelitis is usually a subacute or chronic infection that develops secondary to an open injury to bone and surrounding...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/0615/p2413.html

Evaluation and Treatment of Acute Low Back Pain - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2007 - Acute low back pain with or without sciatica usually is self-limited and has no serious underlying pathology. For most patients, reassurance, pain medications, and advice to stay active are sufficient. A more thorough evaluation is required in selected patients with

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0415/p1181.html

Latex Allergy - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 1998 - Natural latex from the rubber tree Hevea brasiliensis is an allergen in persons with significant cumulative latex exposure, such as those in the health care and rubber industries, as well as those undergoing repeated surgeries, especially if they undergo surgeries early in life. ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/0101/p93.html

Semaglutide (Ozempic) for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus - STEPS - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2019 - Semaglutide can be added to existing treatment to improve glycemic control and induce weight loss. It may also protect against cardiovascular outcomes in patients with type 2 diabetes and established cardiovascular disease.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0715/p116.html

The RUC Under Fire -- FPM

Oct 1, 2011 - Time may be running out for the group that helps divide the Medicare pie.

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2011/0900/p10.html

Assessment and Treatment of Depression Following Myocardial Infarction - American ...

Aug 15, 2001 - Approximately 65 percent of patients with acute myocardial infarction report experiencing symptoms of depression. Major depression is present in 15 to 22 percent of these patients. Depression is an independent risk factor in the development of and mortality associated with ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/0815/p641.html

The Evidence-Based Medicine Heresy -- FPM

Feb 1, 2004 - The tools and resources of evidence-based medicine (EBM) are extremely valuable. Just don't forget that EBM still has cult status in the eyes of many and that people still occasionally enjoy burning a heretic at the stake.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2004/0200/p13.html

Shrinking Scope of Practice Raises Questions About Future of Family Medicine Training

Shrinking Scope of Practice Raises Questions About Future of Family Medicine Training

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/shrinking_scope_of_practice_raises.html

Rationale for a 39-Week Elective Delivery Policy - Editorials - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2011 - Several organizations have called for obstetric care professionals to decrease the number of elective (non-medically indicated) deliveries before an estimated gestational age of 39 weeks to prevent iatrogenic neonatal harm. Approximately one out of every three births in the United ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/1215/p1335.html

Five Signs You May Have Joined the Wrong Practice -- FPM

Aug 1, 2011 - If you see these warning signs, run - don't walk - away from the practice.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2011/0700/p44.html

Going the Extra Mile for Transgender Patients

When Izzy Lowell, M.D., M.B.A., realized how great the need was for transgender care in her region, she created a five-state practice to fill the void.

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190610fdf-lowell.html

Sickle Cell Disease in Childhood: Part I. Laboratory Diagnosis, Pathophysiology and ...

Sep 1, 2000 - Over the past 25 years, morbidity and mortality have decreased significantly in children with sickle cell disease, and screening tests are now available to diagnose the disease in newborns. The incidence of sepsis caused by pneumococcal and Haemophilus influenzae infections has declined...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0901/p1013.html

Opting Out of Medicare: How to Get Out and Stay Out -- FPM

Dec 1, 2017 - Physicians can cut ties with Medicare and privately contract with Medicare beneficiaries, but doing it incorrectly can be costly.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2017/1100/p17.html

Cyclooxygenase-2 Enzyme Inhibitors: Place in Therapy - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2000 - Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) play a major role in the management of inflammation and pain caused by arthritis. A new class of NSAIDs that selectively inhibit the cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) enzyme has been developed. The first COX-2 inhibitors, celecoxib and rofecoxib, are...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0615/p3669.html

Evaluation of Constipation - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2002 - Constipation is the reason for 2.5 million physician visits per year in the United States, with more than one half of these visits to primary care physicians. Patients and physicians frequently define constipation differently. To determine the underlying cause of constipation, it is ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0601/p2283.html

Management of Hypertension in Older Persons - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2005 - Antihypertensive therapy has been shown to reduce morbidity and mortality in older patients with elevated systolic or diastolic blood pressures. This benefit appears to persist in patients older than 80 years, but less than one third of older patients have adequate blood pressure ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0201/p469.html

Endogenous Endophthalmitis: Case Report and Brief Review - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 1999 - Endogenous endophthalmitis is a potentially blinding ocular infection resulting from hematogenous spread from a remote primary source. The condition is relatively rare but may become more common as the number of chronically debilitated patients and the use of invasive procedures ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0801/p510.html

Contemporary Management of Angina: Part I. Risk Assessment - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 1999 - Ischemic heart disease is one of the most common disorders managed by family physicians. Stratifying patients according to risk is important early in the course of the disease to identify patients who require invasive (percutaneous or surgical) treatment. Physical examination, clinical ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/1201/p2543.html

Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate (GHB): A Newer Drug of Abuse - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 2000 - Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) is an illicitly marketed substance that has recently gained popularity among body builders and party attendees as a drug of abuse. GHB is a depressant that acts on the central nervous system. It is purported as a strength enhancer, euphoriant and aphrodisiac ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/1201/p2478.html

Pharmacologic Options for the Treatment of Chronic Daily Headache - Letters to the ...

Dec 15, 2014 - ...overuse headaches.2 As a result, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), the American Headache Society, and the American Board of Internal Medicine (in its Choosing Wisely campaign) recommend avoiding its use as a first-line agent for the treatment of headaches.3 The list of...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/1215/p818.html

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20201104fp-smokeadvocacy.html

Educational Guidelines for Achieving Tight Control and Minimizing Complications of Type...

Nov 1, 1999 - Tight glucose control with intensive therapy in patients with type 1 diabetes (formerly known as juvenile-onset or insulin-dependent diabetes) can delay the onset and slow the progression of retinopathy, nephropathy and neuropathy. Optimal blood glucose control is defined by a target ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/1101/p1985.html

New Research Shows Fewer Family Physicians Seeing Children

New longitudinal research conducted in Vermont shows that fewer family physicians are taking care of children. Rather, the researchers verified previous findings that showed a temporal trend of child visits moving from family medicine to pediatric practices.

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190911fpschildren.html

Stroke: Part II. Management of Acute Ischemic Stroke - American Family Physician

May 15, 1999 - Optimal treatment of the patient who has sustained an acute ischemic stroke requires rapid assessment and early intervention. The leisurely approach to acute stroke management sometimes taken in the past should be replaced by an approach that treats stroke as a true medical emergency. ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0515/p2828.html

AAFP Supports 'ACT for Better Diagnosis' Initiative

As a member of the Coalition to Improve Diagnosis, the AAFP is supporting the ACT for Better Diagnosis initiative, which aims to improve the diagnostic process by calling on organizations to identify and spread practical steps to better ensure diagnoses are accurate, communicated and ...

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180914actbetterdx.html

HHS, CDC Address Ongoing Measles Outbreaks

As the number of confirmed measles cases continues to rise, the CDC is pulling out all the stops to emphasize the importance of childhood vaccination and prevent more people from becoming infected.

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190501latestmeasles.html

Antibiotic and Corticosteroid Treatment Effective for Acute Exacerbations of COPD - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Nov 15, 2020 - Short-term antibiotic treatment and short-term systemic corticosteroids are both associated with a faster resolution of COPD symptoms and fewer treatment failures.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1115/od2.html

Quinupristin-Dalfopristin: A New Antibiotic for Severe Gram-Positive Infections - ...

Dec 1, 2001 - The steady increase in resistant organisms is related to the widespread use of antibiotics in community and hospital settings. New therapeutic options are needed, including treatments for infections caused by antibiotic-resistant gram-positive organisms. Quinupristin-dalfopristin, the ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/1201/p1863.html

Follow the North Star: Global Health Is Focus of New Wonca Group

Follow the North Star: Global Health Is Focus of New Wonca Group

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/follow_the_north_star_global.html

Hepatitis C: Part I. Routine Serologic Testing and Diagnosis - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 1999 - Hepatitis C, which is caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV), is a major public health problem in the United States. HCV is most efficiently transmitted through large or repeated percutaneous exposures to blood. Most patients with acute HCV infection develop persistent infection, and 70 ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0101/p79.html

Value of Physical Exam Is Far More Than Meets the Eye

A new study documents family physicians' experiences and perceptions of the physical examination, which they reported can have both objective and subjective benefits in caring for patients.

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190805physexamstudy.html

Medicare Annual Wellness Visits: How to Get Patients and Physicians on Board -- FPM

Apr 1, 2017 - Patients are more likely to schedule a wellness visit if their physician recommends it, but that won't happen without staff support.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2017/0300/p12.html

Is Physician Burnout on the Decline?

Results of a survey of more than 5,900 U.S. physicians found that for many specialties, including family medicine, burnout incidence has decreased in recent years and satisfaction with work-life balance has increased.

https://www.aafp.org/news/focus-on-physician-well-being/20190313burnoutdown.html

Global Health: It Matters Now More Than Ever - Editorials - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2015 - Diseases once confined to the third or developing world are now everyone's concern. Global has truly become local. Having some knowledge of and competencies in global health is not only relevant, but also essential, for every family physician.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0815/p254.html

Work-Related Asthma - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 2001 - Work-related asthma accounts for at least 10 percent of all cases of adult asthma. Work-related asthma includes work aggravation of preexisting asthma and new-onset asthma induced by occupational exposure. Occupational exposure to very high concentrations of an irritant substance can ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/1201/p1839.html

Strength in Numbers: Teamwork Prevails in Face of Disaster

Strength in Numbers: Teamwork Prevails in Face of Disaster

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

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

Choosing Wisely: Top Interventions to Improve Health and Reduce Harm, While Lowering ...

Jul 15, 2012 - Initially sponsored by nine medical specialty societies, the campaign consists of specialty-specific top-five lists of common tests and procedures that are often performed unnecessarily, when they are not likely to improve a patient's health. The primary focus of the campaign is to ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0715/p128.html

Making the Most of Opportunities to Teach and Lead

Santina Wheat, M.D., M.P.H., A.A.H.I.V.S., teaches her family medicine residents that it's possible, and important, to be both a physician and an advocate.

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20200921fdf-wheat.html

Latest CDC Update Shows Steady Increase in Measles Cases

Updated figures from the CDC show that the number of confirmed measles cases in the United States continues to rise. As of April 11, 20 states have reported a total of 555 cases of the disease.

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190416measles.html

Pulmonary Embolism Rule-Out Criteria: A Clinical Decision Rule That Works - AFP Journal...

Jul 15, 2013 - A number of clinical decision rules have been released recently. The PERC rule is an example of one that works well because it was derived from a large number of patients, and it was internally and externally validated.

American Family Physician : AFP Journal Club

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0715/p98.html

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Radiation Cystitis - Letters to the Editor - American ...

Sep 15, 2016 - ...or transfusion. Radiation cystitis is one of the most common diseases I treat as medical director of a hospital-based hyperbaric medicine facility. A retrospective review of 60 patients who received an average of 33 hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) treatments showed that 80% of...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0915/p418.html

Screening for Asymptomatic Bacteriuria in Adults - Putting Prevention into Practice - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Apr 15, 2020 - A 33-year-old woman presents to your clinic for a first prenatal visit at 8 weeks' gestation. She reported morning nausea and breast tenderness. Review of systems and physical examination were consistent with early pregnancy but were otherwise unremarkable.

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0415/p493.html

Screening for Genetic Risk of Breast Cancer - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 1999 - Approximately 10 to 15 percent of all breast cancers are thought to be familial and about one third of these cases are due to an inherited mutation in a BRCA1 or BRCA2 breast cancer-susceptibility gene. The lifetime incidence of breast cancer in mutation carriers is above 50 percent, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0101/p99.html

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