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AAFP, NHMA Join Forces on Advancing Health Equity

The AAFP and the National Hispanic Medical Association recently signed an agreement to work together to address health disparities in Latinx/Hispanic patients and remedy underrepresentation of Latinx/Hispanic physicians.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20211018aafpnhma.html

Coronary Artery Disease/Coronary Heart Disease - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2021 - This collection features AFP content on coronary artery disease (CAD), coronary heart disease (CHD) and related issues, including acute coronary syndrome, angina, cardiomyopathy, hypertension, and myocardial infarction. This collection features AFP content on coronary artery disease ...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=4

Low-dose Aspirin Recommended to Prevent Preeclampsia

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently posted a final statement recommending low-dose aspirin as preventive medication after 12 weeks’ gestation in people at high risk for preeclampsia.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211007uspstfpreeclampsia.html

COVID-19 Continues to Cause Some People to Put Off Care

Two family physicians offer advice about helping patients catch up on health care in response to two recent reports about delayed and missed care during the pandemic.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211006delayedcare.html

Physician Employment Questions? The AAFP Has You Covered

AAFP members need look no further than the Academy’s Employment Contracting webpage to find the information they need to land just the right job opportunity and negotiate an employment agreement that meets their personal and professional needs.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20211005employresources.html

Potential Wins Seen as Congress Ponders Reconciliation

In a recent letter, the Academy identified several sections of the House reconciliation bill that are in strong alignment with AAFP priorities.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20211005reconciliation.html

Ultrasound Guidance for the Placement of Peripheral Intravenous Catheters - Medicine by... Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2021 - Learn more about ultrasound guidance for the placement of peripheral intravenous catheters.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/1000/od2.html

Hepatitis A - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2021 - Hepatitis A is a common viral infection worldwide that is transmitted via the fecal-oral route. The incidence of infection in the United States decreased by more than 90% after an effective vaccine was introduced, but the number of cases has been increasing because of large community ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/1000/p368.html

Bioterrorism - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2021 - Bioterrorism is the deliberate release of viruses, bacteria, toxins, or fungi with the goal of causing panic, mass casualties, or severe economic disruption. From 1981 to 2018, there were 37 bioterrorist attacks worldwide. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/1000/p376.html

Onychomycosis: Rapid Evidence Review - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2021 - Onychomycosis is a chronic fungal infection of the fingernail or toenail bed leading to brittle, discolored, and thickened nails. Onychomycosis is not just a cosmetic problem. Untreated onychomycosis can cause pain, discomfort, and physical impairment, negatively impacting quality of ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/1000/p359.html

Diabetes-Related Foot Infections: Diagnosis and Treatment - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2021 - Diabetes-related foot infections occur in approximately 40% of diabetes-related foot ulcers and cause significant morbidity. Clinicians should consider patient risk factors (e.g., presence of foot ulcers greater than 2 cm, uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, poor vascular perfusion, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/1000/p386.html

Neonatal Resuscitation: Updated Guidelines from the American Heart Association - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2021 - The American Heart Association released minor updates to neonatal resuscitation recommendations with only minor changes to the previous algorithm.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/1000/p425.html

How to Spot and Tactfully Handle Discrimination in the Health Care Setting -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2021 - In the moment, it can be difficult to respond effectively, but practicing these four skills and tactics can help.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0900/p21.html

Depression, Cervical Myelopathy, Diagnostic Imaging, Eating Disorders, Vitamin K ... Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2021 - Key clinical questions and their evidence-based answers directly from the journal’s content, written by and for family physicians.

American Family Physician : AFP Clinical Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/1000/p354.html

The View From the Top: Leadership Lessons From Family Physician Executives -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2021 - Family physician leaders share their 10 keys to success.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0900/p6.html

Management of Syphilis in People with HIV Infection - Letters to the Editor - American ...

Oct 1, 2021 - ...infection. There is a difference in the management of syphilis in people with HIV infection that may be beneficial for readers to note. The number of primary and secondary syphilis cases reported in the United States has been increasing, reaching 35,063 cases (10.8 cases per 100,000...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/1000/p335.html

A Practical Guide to Physician Disability Insurance -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2021 - Insurance policies can keep you financially whole if a disability reduces your earning potential, but it’s important to choose the right combination of coverage

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0900/p10.html

Interventions to Improve Use of CPAP Machines in Adults with Obstructive Sleep Apnea - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2021 - Behavioral interventions increase CPAP use compared with usual care. These interventions also increase CPAP adherence, measured by participants using their machine four or more hours per night, from 371 to 501 per 1,000 patients.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/1000/p356.html

Administering COVID-19 Vaccines During Preparticipation Physical Examinations - Letters...

Oct 1, 2021 - ...including the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), worked together with the White House COVID-19 Response Team to develop a consensus statement detailing the importance of COVID-19...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/1000/p331a.html

For Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Who Are Taking a GLP-1 Receptor Agonist, an ... Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2021 - This propensity score–matched analysis (not funded by industry) concluded that an SGLT2 inhibitor is preferred over a sulfonylurea for patients with type 2 diabetes who are already taking a GLP-1 receptor agonist, with favorable effects on the likelihood of hospitalization for ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/1000/p424.html

Community Vision Screening in Older Adults - FPIN's Help Desk Answers - American Family... Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2021 - The available evidence does not support screening adults 65 years and older for visual impairment in the primary care setting.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/1000/p419.html

Growing Mass in an Adolescent - Photo Quiz - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2021 - A patient presented with a polypoid, unpigmented mass on the top of the head that was raised and asymmetrical with slightly irregular borders.

American Family Physician : Photo Quiz

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/1000/p413.html

Navigating Physician Employment Contracts -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2021 - Explore information on physician employment contracts including common terms, advice on specific provisions, and key steps to follow before signing a contract.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0900/p17.html

Find Your Side Gig: Extra Income Opportunities for Family Physicians -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2021 - Traditional offerings still abound, but advances in technology have also opened up new possibilities.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0900/p25.html

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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/1000/p422a.html

Schizophrenia: Use of Antipsychotic Drugs for Maintenance Therapy - Cochrane for ... Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2021 - Compared with placebo, using antipsychotic drugs for maintenance therapy in patients with schizophrenia is associated with relapse prevention at seven to 12 months.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/1000/p355.html

Screening Recommended for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea

A final recommendation statement from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening for chlamydia and gonorrhea in all sexually active women 24 years or younger, as well as those who are older and at increased risk for infection.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210929uspstfuspstfgcct.html

CMS and Congress Must Reform the MPFS

The 2022 Medicare physician fee schedule and Quality Payment Program proposed rule again threatens primary care. The Academy is pushing back, writes Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Stephanie Quinn in the In the Trenches blog.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210928itt-mpfs.html

Academy Lobbies to Center COVID Solutions on Primary Care

In a letter to President Biden, the AAFP called for the Path Out of the Pandemic plan to adopt recommendations that support primary care physicians.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210923popplan.html

HHS Offers New COVID Relief Funds, Reporting Grace Period

HHS announced on Sept. 10 that a new round of COVID-19 relief funding for physicians and other health care professionals and facilities is on the horizon. The agency is making a total of $25.5 billion available to entities that have suffered financial setbacks due to the pandemic.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210921prfarpfunds.html

ALSO Mentor Prepares Peers for Obstetrical Emergencies

University of Wisconsin Professor Lee Dresang, M.D., has devoted more than two decades to helping ensure his peers at home and abroad are prepared for Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20210920fdf-dresang.html

AAFP Calls on CMS to Act to Stabilize Primary Care Practices

The Academy’s detailed comments on CMS’ 2022 Medicare physician fee schedule and Quality Payment Program proposed rule pressed for policy improvements on a number of fronts.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210916mpfscomments.html

Hyperlipidemia - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2021 - This collection features AFP content on hyperlipidemia and related issues, including dyslipidemia, hypercholesterolemia, hypertriglyceridemia, kidney disease, lipid disorders, metabolic syndrome, statins, and triglyceride levels. This collection features AFP content on hyperlipidemia ...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=13

Dyspepsia - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2021 - This collection features AFP on dyspepsia and related issues, including Helicobacter pylori infection, general epigastric dysfunction, and GERD. This collection features AFP on dyspepsia and related issues, including Helicobacter pylori infection, general epigastric dysfunction, and GERD.

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=8

We’re Back on the Hill for a Day of Intense Advocacy

The AAFP, with the Group of Six, lobbied Congress this week to pass several key bills, Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Stephanie Quinn writes in the In the Trenches blog.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210915itt-hillvisits.html

AAFP Membership: What's It Worth?

Learn about the value that AAFP membership offers, including access to tools, solutions, and free CME activities.

Membership : Member Benefits

https://www.aafp.org/membership/benefits/member-value.html

COVID-19 Vaccine News Archive

COVID-19 vaccine information can quickly, but we know you may still want access to previous updates that are still relevant. Below you can find past news and updates to support your patient care efforts.

Family Physician : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/current-hot-topics/recent-outbreaks/covid-19/covid-19-vaccine/covid-19-vaccine-news-archive.html

Colposcopy (Position Paper)

Read the AAFP position paper on family physicians' scope of practice regarding a colposcopy test to detect cervical cancer.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/colposcopy-position-paper.html

Surprise Billing Rule Shouldn’t Levy New Burdens, AAFP Says

The AAFP recently expressed support for new patient protections but called on CMS to minimize unnecessary regulatory burdens on primary care practices.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210909billingrule.html

USPSTF Lowers Screening Age for Prediabetes, Type 2 Diabetes

On Aug. 24, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a final recommendation statement, final evidence review and evidence summary on screening for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210908uspstfdiabetes.html

A Tale of Two Pandemics and a Call to Action

Alex McDonald, M.D., C.A.Q.S.M., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that while misinformation and disinformation have disrupted progress against the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s time for more family physicians to speak up and speak out about the issue.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210902fp-ourshot.html

Comparison of Treatment Regimens for Helicobacter pylori Infection - Medicine by the ... Restricted content. Login required.

Sep 1, 2021 - A network meta-analysis found that vonoprazan-based triple therapy and reverse hybrid therapy demonstrated the highest overall cure rates and SUCRA values; however, among Western countries, levofloxacin-based triple therapy had the highest cure rate and SUCRA value. Standard triple ...

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0900/od1.html

Home Blood Pressure Monitoring - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Sep 1, 2021 - Home blood pressure monitoring provides important diagnostic information beyond in-office blood pressure readings and offers similar results to ambulatory blood pressure monitoring. Home blood pressure monitoring involves patients independently measuring their blood pressure with an ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0900/p237.html

Kawasaki Disease and Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children: An Overview and ... Restricted content. Login required.

Sep 1, 2021 - Kawasaki disease (KD) and multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) are inflammatory conditions that present diagnostic and therapeutic challenges to the physician. Although many of their features overlap, they are two distinct conditions. KD is a febrile illness most ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0900/p244.html

Splenomegaly: Diagnosis and Management in Adults - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Sep 1, 2021 - Splenomegaly can be due to several mechanisms but is almost always a sign of a systemic condition. Patient habits, travel, and medical conditions can increase risk of splenomegaly and suggest etiology. Symptoms can suggest infectious, malignant, hepatic, or hematologic causes. Physical ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0900/p271.html

Outpatient Primary Care Management of Headaches: Guidelines from the VA/DoD - Practice ... Restricted content. Login required.

Sep 1, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Department of Defense (VA/DoD) published updated guidelines for the treatment of headache disorders based on a systematic review.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0900/p316.html

Fecal Calprotectin for the Evaluation of Inflammatory Bowel Disease - Diagnostic Tests:... Restricted content. Login required.

Sep 1, 2021 - Fecal calprotectin measurement is an accurate, simple, cost-effective test that can aid in selecting which patients presenting with possible IBD can be safely observed in the primary care setting.

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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0900/p303.html

Hyperpigmentation of the Hands, Feet, and Tongue - Photo Quiz - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Sep 1, 2021 - A patient presented with a painless, non-pruritic rash involving his palms, soles, and tongue after undergoing chemotherapy.

American Family Physician : Photo Quiz

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0900/p301.html

Pelvic Floor Muscle Training to Prevent and Treat Urinary and Fecal Incontinence in ... Restricted content. Login required.

Sep 1, 2021 - Structured PFMT beginning early in pregnancy prevents the onset of urge incontinence later in pregnancy and in the postpartum period compared with no intervention. There is no evidence that PFMT improves urinary incontinence later in pregnancy or in the postpartum period in pregnant ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0900/p234.html

Take-and-Hold Prescriptions for Children with Respiratory Tract Infections Decrease ... Restricted content. Login required.

Sep 1, 2021 - A strategy of providing education about the natural history of respiratory symptoms in children combined with giving a take-and-hold prescription (to be filled only if symptoms persisted) resulted in one in four of those children eventually receiving an antibiotic.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0900/od5.html

AAFP Toolkit Addresses Violence Prevention in Health Care

The AAFP has developed a comprehensive toolkit to help train health care team members and staff in family medicine practices to identify situations that often precipitate violence and respond accordingly.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210826violencetoolkit.html

USPSTF: Screen Pregnant Patients for Gestational Diabetes

On Aug. 10, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force published a final recommendation statement that recommends screening for gestational diabetes in asymptomatic pregnant patients at 24 weeks gestation or later.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210825uspstfgd.html

Participants Share Lessons Learned From Virtual Match

With another residency interview season approaching, AAFP News gathered a program director, a student advisor and an intern to get their insights from the 2021 virtual Match and their thoughts regarding 2022. Read more in this QandA.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20210824matchqa.html

FDA Gives Full Approval to Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

On Aug. 23, the FDA gave full approval to use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in patients 16 and older in the United States, and the AAFP continues to update COVID-19 resources for family physicians.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210824fdacovidvacc.html

Three New Reports Highlight Importance of COVID Vaccination

Three new CDC studies reviewed the effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Janssen/Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines in preventing infections and hospitalizations, and an AAFP commission chair highlights takeaways for FPs.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210820mmwrcovidvaccs.html

Learner Access to Mental Health Services

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About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/learner-access-mentalhealth.html

Dollars and Sense: Budget Resolution Addresses AAFP Priorities

The $3.5 trillion budget resolution set to dominate political conversation this fall reflects several AAFP priorities, Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Stephanie Quinn writes in the In the Trenches blog.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210817itt-2022budget.html

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210816immmonth.html

Respiratory Tract Infections - American Family Physician

Aug 12, 2021 - ...11/01/2020 Antibiotics for Acute Bronchitis [Medicine by the Numbers] 10/01/2019 Antibiotics for Acute Rhinosinusitis in Adults [Medicine by the Numbers] 09/01/2019 Treatment of the Common Cold 05/15/2019 Chronic Cough After Acute Viral Bronchiolitis: Suggestions from...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=29

Abdominal Pain, Acute - American Family Physician

Aug 12, 2021 - This collection features AFP content on acute abdominal pain and related issues, including acute pelvic pain, appendicitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and pancreatitis. This collection features AFP content on acute abdominal pain and related ...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=73

Immunizations (excluding Influenza) - American Family Physician

Aug 12, 2021 - This collection features AFP content on child and adult immunizations (excluding influenza) and related issues, including travel immunizations and specific immunizations (hepatitis A and B, herpes zoster, human papillomavirus, meningococcus, pertussis, pneumococcus, rotavirus, smallpox,...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=63

Panelists Outline Anti-racism Advocacy Strategies for Students

Panelists at the 2021 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students identified six strategies medical students can take to help diversify the physician workforce and improve outcomes for patients of color.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20210812nc-antiracism.html

2022 Payment Adjustments for 2020 MIPS Performance Posted

CMS has released 2020 performance feedback for the Quality Payment Program’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System. MIPS-eligible clinicians can obtain their performance feedback, final score and MIPS payment adjustment information for 2022 from the QPP website.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210812mips2020feedback.html

CDC Updates Guidance on Treatment of STIs

The CDC released updated guidance on treating sexually transmitted infections; a family physician has identified several points of particular interest to FPs.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210811stiguidlines.html

Drug Overdose Deaths Reached New High in 2020, Says CDC

A CDC report estimated that more than 93,000 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States in 2020, with most deaths attributable to misuse of opioids. The AAFP offers resources to help FPs address substance use.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210806overdosedeaths.html

Academy Sees Health Equity Boost in Proposed HHS Rule

The AAFP supports proposed federal rulemaking that would increase access to comprehensive primary care coverage.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210805pprule.html

Avoiding a Telehealth Cliff

Robust virtual care, a byproduct of the public health emergency, is already in jeopardy. AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Stephanie Quinn writes in the In the Trenches blog that the AAFP is pushing for thoughtful solutions.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210803itt-telehealth.html

Accuracy of Ultrasonography for the Diagnosis of Small Bowel Obstruction - Medicine by ... Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - According to a meta-analysis including prospective observational studies evaluating the accuracy of ultrasonography for the diagnosis of small bowel obstruction, ultrasonography appears to be highly sensitive and specific for this use.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0800/p135.html

Care of the College Student - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - Approximately 19 million students attend college in the United States. Although they are generally healthy, about 20% of youth have special health care needs, including asthma, diabetes mellitus, and learning, mental health, and substance use disorders. Physicians can facilitate the ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0800/p141.html

Human Papillomavirus: Screening, Testing, and Prevention - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - With more than 200 types identified, human papillomavirus (HPV) commonly causes infections of the skin and mucosa. HPV infection is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. Although most HPV infections are transient and subclinical, some lead to clinical ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0800/p152.html

Dysmenorrhea - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - Dysmenorrhea is common and usually independent of, rather than secondary to, pelvic pathology. Dysmenorrhea occurs in 50% to 90% of adolescent girls and women of reproductive age and is a leading cause of absenteeism. Secondary dysmenorrhea as a result of endometriosis, pelvic anatomic ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0800/p164.html

Inhaled Budesonide Reduces the Risk of Emergency Department Evaluation or ... Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - Inhaled budesonide, 800 mcg twice daily, significantly reduces the likelihood that patients with early COVID-19 will require emergency department evaluation or hospitalization (number needed to treat = 7 to 8). This is a widely available, relatively inexpensive drug with the potential ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0800/p207.html

State-Level Variation in Primary Care Physician Density - Graham Center Policy ...

Aug 1, 2021 - Despite representing only one-third of the physician workforce in the United States, primary care physicians (PCPs) are the first contact with the health care system for most patients. A 2010 report by the Council on Graduate Medical Education recommended that 40% of the physician ...

American Family Physician : Graham Center Policy One-Pagers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0800/p133.html

Can Pioglitazone Prevent or Delay Type 2 Diabetes in Patients with Prediabetes? - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - Pioglitazone prevents or delays the incidence of type 2 diabetes in individuals with prediabetes when compared with placebo (absolute risk reduction [ARR] = 11.3%; 95% CI, 0.9% to 15.6%; number needed to treat [NNT] = 9) or no intervention (ARR = 13.3%; 95% CI, 11.6% to 14.9%; NNT = 7)....

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0800/p139.html

Resetting Your Priorities in Family Medicine Post-Pandemic -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - What if we stopped saying yes to new demands and reallocated our time based on our priorities? This three-part exercise can help.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0700/p38.html

A Compassionate Communication Refresher for Clinicians Experiencing COVID Fatigue -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - If the stress of the pandemic has challenged your patient communication skills, here’s how you can reestablish rapport.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0700/oa1.html

Case Report: Consequences of Misdiagnosed Anal Cancer - Letters to the Editor - ...

Aug 1, 2021 - ...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/2021/0800/p119.html

FMLA Does Not Need to Be a Four-Letter Word -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - These tips can help you complete FMLA paperwork quickly and accurately.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0700/p12.html

Practical Ways to Manage Your EHR Inbox -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2021 - These 10 tips can help reduce your workload during and after clinic, so you can focus on what matters most.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0700/p27.html

Minority FPs Benefit From Practicing in Diverse Communities

A study that examined the intersection of physician race/ethnicity and measures of burnout found that family physicians from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in medicine were less likely than their non-underrepresented peers to report emotional exhaustion and depersonalization.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210730annfammeddiversefps.html

CDC Recommends Masks in Schools, COVID-19 Hot Spots

The CDC, in response to increased circulation of the delta variant of SARS-CoV-2, updated its guidance to recommend use of masks in schools, as well as in other indoor locations in areas with substantial COVID-19 transmission rates, regardless of vaccination status.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210729covidmasks.html

Budget Neutrality Undercuts Payment in 2022 Proposed MPFS

An AAFP summary of CMS’ proposed rule for the 2022 Medicare physician fee schedule centers on a conversion factor change, and the Academy is calling on Congress to act.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210728mpfs.html

AAFP Joins Push to Immunize Health Workers Against COVID-19

The AAFP and more than 50 other medical groups on July 26 urged every health care and long-term care employer to require workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210728covidvacc.html

Joint Statement in Support of COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates for All Workers in Health and ...

Joint Statement in Support of COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates for All Workers in Health and Long-Term Care

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/covid-vaccine-mandates.html

What We’re Telling Congress To Do About Medical School Debt

AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Stephanie Quinn writes in the In the Trenches Blog that the AAFP recently reminded lawmakers how forgiving medical school debt is an achievable way to strengthen the physician workforce and improve health equity.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20210723itt-debt.html

Pain: Chronic - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2021 - This collection features AFP content on chronic pain and related issues, including end-of-life care, NSAIDs, and opioid therapy. This collection features AFP content on chronic pain and related issues, including end-of-life care, NSAIDs, and opioid therapy.

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=61

HIV/AIDS - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2021 - This collection features AFP content on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and AIDS and related issues, including antiretroviral therapy, behavioral counseling, HIV testing, sexually transmitted diseases, and infection prevention. This collection features AFP content on human ...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=11

AAFP Notches Multiple Advocacy Wins for IMGs

The AAFP has scored a number of victories on behalf of international medical graduates, who account for more than 20 percent of the family physician workforce.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210714imgadvocacy.html

Family Medicine Groups Join Call for Another Virtual Match

The AAFP and other family medicine organizations have issued recommendations for the 2021-22 Match cycle, including direction regarding virtual interviews, and the Academy has several resources to assist in the process.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20210709match2022.html

Family Medicine RapSDI Program 2021 Scholars Announced

Following a lengthy application process, the Family Medicine Discovers Rapid Cycle Scientific Discovery and Innovation initiative has selected two RapSDI scholars for 2021.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20210707rapsdi.html

Tar Wars Campaign Releases Updated Resources

The AAFP has updated the Tar Wars campaign Presentation and Program Guide tools, giving participants cutting-edge resources to educate school-aged children about the harms of tobacco use.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210707tarwars.html

Levonorgestrel-Releasing Intrauterine System for Regression of Endometrial Hyperplasia ... Restricted content. Login required.

Jul 1, 2021 - A Cochrane review compared the levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system with progesterone for the treatment of endometrial hyperplasia.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0700/p26.html

Top 20 Research Studies of 2020 for Primary Care Physicians - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Jul 1, 2021 - This article summarizes the top 20 research studies of 2020 identified as POEMs (patient-oriented evidence that matters), including the two most highly rated guidelines of the year on gout and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Regarding COVID-19, handwashing and social ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0700/p41.html

Pharmacologic Therapy for Acute Pain - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Jul 1, 2021 - Pharmacologic management of acute pain should be tailored for each patient, including a review of treatment expectations and a plan for the time course of prescriptions. Acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are first-line treatment options for most patients ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0700/p63.html

Costochondritis: Rapid Evidence Review - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Jul 1, 2021 - ...TIMOTHY MOTT, MD; GREGORY JONES, MD; and KIMBERLY ROMAN, MD, South Baldwin Regional Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program, Foley, Alabama Am Fam Physician. 2021 Jul ;104(1):73-78. Patient information: See related handout on costochondritis. This clinical content conforms...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0700/p73.html

Pharmacologic Management of COPD Exacerbations: A Clinical Practice Guideline from the ...

Jul 1, 2021 - The American Academy of Family Physicians has published guidelines for treating acute exacerbations of COPD.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0700/od1.html

Clascoterone (Winlevi) for the Treatment of Acne - STEPS - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Jul 1, 2021 - More comparative data are needed to justify the use of clascoterone over less expensive, currently available therapies for moderate to severe acne. However, systemic absorption of clascoterone is low, and it may serve as a safe alternative for patients 12 years and older who saw ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0700/p93.html

Cryoablation Preferred as Initial Therapy for Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation - POEMs - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Jul 1, 2021 - Initial cryoablation for patients with paroxysmal AF is superior to initial antiarrhythmic drug therapy. Another study in the same issue of New England Journal of Medicine compared cryoablation with medical therapy and had similar findings.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0700/p97.html

Additional Differential Diagnosis for Adult Hip Pain - Letters to the Editor - American...

Jul 1, 2021 - ...applaud Dr. Chamberlain for the outstanding review of the evaluation and differential diagnosis of hip pain. We have found that many family medicine residents are uncomfortable with the evaluation and examination of hip pathology. Dr. Chamberlain did an excellent job delineating...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0700/p9.html

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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0700/p96.html

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