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AAFP Updates Videos on Clinical Practice Guideline Process

The AAFP recently updated a video series explaining its clinical practice guideline development and assessment process.

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

AAO-HNS Dysphonia Guideline Earns AAFP Affirmation of Value

The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery recently published an updated clinical practice guideline on dysphonia; the AAFP has given the guideline its affirmation of value designation.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180313aao-hnsdysphonia.html

ACP Guideline Addresses Age-related Low Testosterone

The AAFP has endorsed the American College of Physicians' clinical practice guideline on treating adult men with age-related low testosterone, which recommends initiating testosterone treatment only for those experiencing sexual dysfunction.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200113age-relatedtestosterone.html

AAFP Delivers Useful Clinical Resources for 2018

The AAFP offered a wide range of clinical recommendations and resources throughout 2017 -- including practice guidelines, immunization guidance and preventive services recommendations -- that members can use in 2018 and beyond.

AAFP News : Member Resources and Tools for 2018

https://www.aafp.org/news/resources-tools-2018/20180103yir-clinical.html

AAFP Offers Guidance on Depression Care After ACS Events

The AAFP has released a clinical practice guideline on screening for and treating depression after acute coronary syndrome. The guideline updates and replaces the Academy's guideline on detecting and treating depression after myocardial infarction, which was published in 2009 and ...

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190625depressacsgdln.html

New Guidelines Trust Takes Place of AHRQ Clearinghouse

The ECRI Institute has announced the launch of a new online resource that collects, evaluates and organizes clinical practice guidelines and other materials.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20181128ecriguidelines.html

AHRQ: National Guideline Clearinghouse to Shut Down July 16

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has announced that, because of federal budget cuts, its National Guideline Clearinghouse website will no longer be updated with new content as of July 2, 2018, and will not be available at all after July 16.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180627guidelineclearinghouse.html

ACIP Recommends Hep A Vaccine for Homeless Patients

During the Oct. 24-25 meeting of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the group discussed topics including recommending the hepatitis A vaccine for people who are homeless.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181031acipmeeting.html

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AAFP News' Patient Care section features stories on preventive care services, community and public health, patient care protocols and more.

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

Evidence Lacking on HBP Screening in Children, Adolescents

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force last week issued a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on screening for high blood pressure in children and adolescents.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200428uspstfhbp.html

AAP Hypertension Guideline Garners AAFP Affirmation of Value

The AAFP recently gave its affirmation of value designation to the American Academy of Pediatrics' guideline on screening for and managing high blood pressure in children and adolescents.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180404aaphtnguideaffirm.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.

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

Taking Hypertension Medication at Bedtime Improves CVD Risk

The Hygia Chronotherapy Trial found that bedtime hypertension therapy better reduced the risk of cardiovascular disease than taking blood pressure medication on awakening, as previous studies have suggested.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191106bedtimehbpmeds.html

New Clinical Guidance Page Highlights Academy COPD Resources

The AAFP has created a COPD clinical guidance webpage that features a new guideline from the Academy on pharmacologic management of COPD exacerbations.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210716copd.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 ...

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

CDC Updates Treatment Guidelines for Latent TB Infection

The CDC recently updated guidelines for the treatment of latent tuberculosis infection, the first comprehensive guidelines on LTBI issued since 2000.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200219ltbiguidelines.html

Evidence Lacking on HBP Screening in Children, Adolescents

On Nov. 10, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a final recommendation statement, final evidence review and evidence summary on screening for high blood pressure in children and adolescents.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201119hpbchildren.html

Delegates Focus on Sexual Education, Preventing STIs

During the 2018 National Conference of Constituency Leaders, AAFP members acted on resolutions considered by the Reference Committee on Health of the Public and Science, including some that focused on sexual education and the prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20180502nccl-hops.html

Primary Care Needs -- and Deserves -- More Research Dollars

More research is needed in primary care, but proposed federal budget cuts threaten to make evidence-based resources and guidelines even harder to come by.

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

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

ACOG Confirms What FPs Know: Most Births Need Little Intervention

Robert Raspa, M.D., welcomed guidance from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists that says many common obstetric practices are of limited or uncertain benefit for low-risk women in spontaneous labor.

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

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

Step Up to Help Curb Teen Medication Abuse

Step Up to Help Curb Teen Medication Abuse

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

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

CDC Offers Free CME on Tapering, Discontinuing Opioids

The CDC is offering family physicians and other stakeholders an opportunity to learn about opioid reduction strategies and earn free CME in the process.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20200303opioidtaperwebinar.html

'Think Big' to Reimagine Family Medicine, Speakers Advise

For their virtual mainstage event at the 2020 National Conference, AAFP CEO/EVP Shawn Martin and Farzad Mostashari, M.D., M.P.H., talked about the future of family medicine.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20200804nc-future.html

A Familiar Voice for Family Medicine

His prolific work as a family medicine researcher has given Douglas Kamerow, M.D., M.P.H., global platforms where he can discuss important health issues.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20200427fdf-kamerow.html

Halt Contraceptive Coverage Exemptions, Say Medical Groups

Five major physician organizations, including the AAFP, said two final rules that allow exemptions from contraceptive services coverage will have "damaging effects on public health."

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20181114contraceptexemptrules.html

Federal Agency Seeks Your Comments on Diabetes Issues

The National Clinical Care Commission is seeking public comment on a series of questions on diabetes prevention and treatment options to inform federal work in this area.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200127ncccqueries.html

CDC Updates Latent TB Infection Treatment Recommendations

The CDC has updated and expanded its 2011 recommendations for use of once-weekly isoniazid and rifapentine for 12 weeks to treat latent TB infection.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180706mmwrltbi.html

AAFP Updates Its PSA Screening Recommendation

The AAFP has issued an updated clinical preventive service recommendation on prostate-specific antigen-based screening that differs from that of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in its level of specificity.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180720aafppsarec.html

Study Shows Antibiotic Prescribing Lowest in Medical Offices

Research recently published online in JAMA Internal Medicine found that clinicians in medical offices wrote the fewest antibiotic prescriptions per total number of visits compared with those in other clinical settings.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180802antibxprescribe.html

Intensive Blood Pressure Control: Too Close for Comfort?

New research suggests that in older patients with hypertension, aggressively treating blood pressure levels may significantly increase the risk of falls and fainting.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180912htntxfalls.html

FDA Warns of Increased Lymphoma Risk From Breast Implants

On Feb. 6, the FDA issued an update on the number of cases of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma, reporting that as of Sept. 30, 2018, the agency had received a total of 660 case reports globally since 2010.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190225breastimplants.html

Study: One in Six U.S. Children Has a Mental Illness

Survey results indicate that as many as one in six U.S. children between the ages of 6 and 17 has a treatable mental health disorder such as depression, anxiety or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190318childmentalillness.html

AAFP Endorses Guidelines on Venous Thromboembolism Dx

The AAFP recently endorsed guidelines on the diagnosis of venous thromboembolism (VTE) that were developed by the American Society of Hematology. The guidelines evaluated diagnostic strategies for pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis of the lower and upper extremities, and recurrent...

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190424vtegdline.html

Study Examines Causes of High-severity Malpractice Cases

New research indicates that more than one out of three cases of medical malpractice that result in death or permanent disability can be linked to inaccurate or delayed diagnosis.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190716diagnosisstudy.html

Smoking Cessation Report Examines New Quitting Strategies

A report from the surgeon general contains a wealth of new information on interventions and strategies for smoking cessation that family physicians can employ with their patients.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200220sgcessationreport.html

ACIP Recommends Preexposure Ebola Virus Vaccine

During the Feb. 26-27 meeting of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the group voted to recommend a preexposure vaccine against Ebola virus for adults.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200304acipmtg.html

FDA Issues Recall Alert for Metformin ER Products

The FDA is asking several pharmaceutical companies to voluntarily recall products containing extended-release formulations of metformin, a drug prescribed to millions of patients with type 2 diabetes.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200601metforminrecall.html

FDA: Avoid NSAIDs at 20 Weeks or Later in Pregnancy

The FDA recently issued a safety alert warning that NSAIDs at 20 weeks or later in pregnancy may cause kidney dysfunction in developing infants.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201029nsaidspregnancy.html

Task Force Recommends Screening Adults for Hypertension

A new final recommendation statement from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening adults for high blood pressure in the clinic and confirming with measurement outside the clinic.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210520uspstfhypertension.html

Committee Reviews Vaccines for COVID-19, Influenza, More

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices made recommendations regarding COVID-19, dengue, influenza, rabies, zoster and pneumococcal disease during a virtual meeting June 23-25.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210701acip.html

New Guidelines Trust Takes Place of AHRQ Clearinghouse

New research published in Annals of Family Medicine explores whether and when older patients are receptive to discussions about long-term life expectancy with their physicians.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20181126lifeexpectancy.html

AAFP, Missouri Chapter Warn State About Opioids Overreach

The AAFP recently gave the Department of Veterans Affairs feedback on a proposed rule that could affect physician payment, prior authorization and scope of practice.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180315missouriopioids.html

ACP Calls for Moderate Glycemic Control in Type 2 Diabetes

On March 6, the American College of Physicians published new evidence-based guidance statements in Annals of Internal Medicine that focused on loosening glycemic control targets.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180309acpdiabetes.html

New Study Ties Obesity to Increased Risk of Flu Transmission

New research suggests that obesity in patients who contract influenza may prolong viral shedding time and increase the risk of spreading the virus to others.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180813flu-obesity.html

AAFP Tools Offer Pointers on Assessing Patients for STIs

Family physicians are ideally positioned to educate patients about the dangers of sexually transmitted infections, screen for these infections and provide appropriate care. New AAFP resources on STIs aim to help them do just that.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190918stismanual.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.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

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

Draft Recommendation Sparks Discussion on Overweight, Obesity

In the wake of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's recent release of draft recommendations regarding obesity, Jennifer Frost, M.D., details the AAFP's position.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180306guestedobesity.html

CQMC Updates First Round of Core Quality Measure Sets

The Core Quality Measures Collaborative earlier this month released updates to four of its eight existing core measure sets, with more updates, including to the primary care core set, expected within weeks.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20201001cqmcmeasuresetupdts.html

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