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Poverty and Health - The Family Medicine Perspective (Position Paper)

Find out the ways in which the American Academy of Family Physicians transforms health care to achieve optimal health for everyone.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/poverty-health.html

Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much: An Evidence-Based Guide for Primary Care ...

Jul 1, 2009 - Excessive alcohol consumption is a leading cause of preventable morbidity and mortality, but few heavy drinkers receive treatment. Primary care physicians are in a position to address heavy drinking and alcohol use disorders with patients, and can do so quickly and effectively. The ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0701/p44.html

Risks of and Indications for Mifepristone for Medication Abortion - Letters to the ...

Jan 1, 2022 - ...and be prepared to manage complications and adverse events that patients experience with mifepristone, especially if there are increasing numbers of medication abortions without an office visit, ultrasonography, and appropriate ancillary studies. Karen Poehailos, MD Charlottesville,...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2022/0100/p5.html

Evaluating Dysphagia - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2000 - Dysphagia is a problem that commonly affects patients cared for by family physicians in the office, as hospital inpatients and as nursing home residents. Familiar medical problems, including cerebrovascular accidents, gastroesophageal reflux disease and medication-related side effects, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0615/p3639.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

Coding & Documentation - May-Jun 2019 -- FPM

Jun 1, 2019 - Same-day return visit | Modifier for incident-to services | Inpatient care billing by teaching physician | Biopsy of the outer ear | Multiple X-rays

Family Practice Management : Coding & Documentation

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0500/p31.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

Herbal and Dietary Supplement-Drug Interactions in Patients with Chronic Illnesses - ...

Jan 1, 2008 - Herbs, vitamins, and other dietary supplements may augment or antagonize the actions of prescription and nonprescription drugs. St. John's wort is the supplement that has the most documented interactions with drugs. As with many drug-drug interactions, the information for many dietary ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0101/p73.html

Diagnosis and Treatment of the Acute Scrotum - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 1999 - Testicular torsion must be considered in any patient who complains of acute scrotal pain and swelling. Torsion of the testis is a surgical emergency because the likelihood of testicular salvage decreases as the duration of torsion increases. Conditions that may mimic testicular torsion,...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0215/p817.html

Lactose Intolerance - American Family Physician

May 1, 2002 - Persons with lactose intolerance are unable to digest significant amounts of lactose because of a genetically inadequate amount of the enzyme lactase. Common symptoms include abdominal pain and bloating, excessive flatus, and watery stool following the ingestion of foods containing ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0501/p1845.html

The Patient with Daily Headaches - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2004 - The term 'chronic daily headache' (CDH) describes a variety of headache types, of which chronic migraine is the most common. Daily headaches often are disabling and may be challenging to diagnose and treat. Medication overuse, or drug rebound headache, is the most treatable cause of ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/1215/p2299.html

Pharmacologic Management of Hypertension in Patients with Diabetes - American Family ...

Dec 1, 2008 - Hypertension is a common comorbidity in patients with diabetes, and adequate control of blood pressure significantly reduces the risk of macrovascular and microvascular complications. Patients with diabetes should achieve a target blood pressure of less than 130/80 mm Hg. The use of ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/1201/p1277.html

Common Causes of Vision Loss in Elderly Patients - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 1999 - Vision loss among the elderly is a major health care problem. Approximately one person in three has some form of vision-reducing eye disease by the age of 65. The most common causes of vision loss among the elderly are age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataract and diabetic ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0701/p99.html

Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2008 - The National High Blood Pressure Education Program Working Group on High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy has defined four categories of hypertension in pregnancy: chronic hypertension, gestational hypertension, preeclampsia, and preeclampsia superimposed on chronic hypertension. A maternal ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0701/p93.html

Evaluating Benefits and Harms of Anticoagulation in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation -...

Dec 15, 2018 - In patients with NVAF, anticoagulants decrease the risk of stroke by approximately 60%. However, they also significantly increase the risk of a major bleeding event or intracranial hemorrhage.

American Family Physician : Point-of-Care Guides

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1215/p751.html

Ectopic Pregnancy - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2000 - Ectopic pregnancy occurs at a rate of 19.7 cases per 1,000 pregnancies in North America and is a leading cause of maternal mortality in the first trimester. Greater awareness of risk factors and improved technology (biochemical markers and ultrasonography) allow ectopic pregnancy to be ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0215/p1080.html

Nonpharmacologic Management of Chronic Insomnia - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2009 - Chronic insomnia is highly prevalent in our society, with an incidence of 10 to 30 percent. It is a major cost to society in terms of health care expenditure and reduced productivity. Nonpharmacologic interventions have been studied and shown to produce reliable and sustained ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0115/p125.html

Technology Tools and Trends for Better Patient Care: Beyond the EHR -- FPM

Oct 1, 2017 - From remote monitoring of chronic diseases to virtual assistants in the exam room, technology will improve practice.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2017/0900/p28.html

Global Risk of Coronary Heart Disease: Assessment and Application - American Family ...

Aug 1, 2010 - Coronary heart disease is the most common cause of death in the United States. The conventional risk factor approach to primary prevention excludes many patients who could benefit from preventive therapies. A global risk approach allows more accurate estimates of risk to guide clinical ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0801/p265.html

Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures - American Family Physician

Sep 1, 2005 - Psychogenic nonepileptic seizures are episodes of movement, sensation, or behaviors that are similar to epileptic seizures but do not have a neurologic origin; rather, they are somatic manifestations of psychologic distress. Patients with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures frequently are...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0901/p849.html

Complications of Body Piercing - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2005 - The trend of body piercing at sites other than the earlobe has grown in popularity in the past decade. The tongue, lips, nose, eyebrows, nipples, navel, and genitals may be pierced. Complications of body piercing include local and systemic infections, poor cosmesis, and foreign body ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/1115/p2029.html

Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2006 - Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is a common condition associated with metabolic syndrome. It is the most common cause of elevated liver enzymes in U.S. adults, and is diagnosed after ruling out other causes of steatosis (fatty infiltration of liver), particularly infectious hepatitis ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0601/p1961.html

Neonatal Early-Onset Sepsis Calculator - Point-of-Care Guides - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2021 - Can the neonatal early-onset sepsis calculator safely and accurately evaluate the risk of early-onset sepsis in neonates?

American Family Physician : Point-of-Care Guides

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/1200/p636.html

Reduced Dietary Salt for Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease - Cochrane for Clinicians... Restricted content. Login required.

May 1, 2022 - In patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), reducing dietary salt intake by approximately 4.2 g per day lowers mean systolic blood pressure by 6.9 mm Hg and diastolic blood pressure by 3.9 mm Hg compared with patients on a higher salt diet. In patients with CKD who do not have ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2022/0500/p466.html

Plantar Fasciitis and Other Causes of Heel Pain - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 1999 - The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. It is usually caused by a biomechanical imbalance resulting in tension along the plantar fascia. The diagnosis is typically based on the history and the finding of localized tenderness. Treatment consists of medial arch support, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0415/p2200.html

Diagnosis: Making the Best Use of Medical Data - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2009 - To take the best possible care of patients, physicians must understand the basic principles of diagnostic test interpretation. Pretest probability is an important factor in interpreting test results. Some tests are useful for ruling in disease when positive or ruling out disease when ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0315/p478.html

Ruling Out Pulmonary Embolism in the Primary Care Setting - Point-of-Care Guides - ...

Jun 1, 2018 - What is the best approach to evaluate patients with suspected pulmonary embolism in the outpatient, primary care setting?

American Family Physician : Point-of-Care Guides

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0601/p750.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

Diagnosis of Systemic Lupus Erythematossus - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 2003 - Systemic lupus erythematosus is a multisystem inflammatory disease that is often difficult to diagnose. Before the diagnosis can be established, four of 11 clinical and laboratory criteria must be met. Antinuclear antibody titer is the primary laboratory test used to diagnose systemic ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/1201/p2179.html

Using Pegylated Interferon and Ribavirin to Treat Patients with Chronic Hepatitis C - ...

Aug 15, 2005 - Hepatitis C virus is the most common chronic blood-borne infection in the United States. The advent of new treatment regimens using pegylated interferons in combination with ribavirin has led to improved sustained viral response rates for some genotypes in large multicenter trials. ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0815/p655.html

Polycythemia Vera - American Family Physician

May 1, 2004 - Polycythemia vera is a chronic myeloproliferative disorder characterized by increased red blood cell mass. The resultant hyperviscosity of the blood predisposes such patients to thrombosis. Polycythemia vera should be suspected in patients with elevated hemoglobin or hematocrit levels, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0501/p2139.html

Proteinuria in Adults: A Diagnostic Approach - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2000 - Proteinuria is a common finding in adults in primary care practice. An algorithmic approach can be used to differentiate benign causes of proteinuria from rarer, more serious disorders. Benign causes include fever, intense activity or exercise, dehydration, emotional stress and acute ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0915/p1333.html

Acupuncture for Pain - American Family Physician

Sep 1, 2009 - Acupuncture is increasingly used as an alternative or complementary therapy for the treatment of pain. It is well tolerated, with a low risk of serious adverse effects. Traditional and modern acupuncture techniques may result in reported improvement in pain patterns. Research on ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0901/p481.html

Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2003 - Acute respiratory distress syndrome is a manifestation of acute injury to the lung, commonly resulting from sepsis, trauma, and severe pulmonary infections. Clinically, it is characterized by dyspnea, profound hypoxemia, decreased lung compliance, and diffuse bilateral infiltrates on ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0115/p315.html

Chronic Critical Limb Ischemia: Diagnosis, Treatment and Prognosis - American Family ...

Apr 1, 1999 - Chronic critical limb ischemia is manifested by pain at rest, nonhealing wounds and gangrene. Ischemic rest pain is typically described as a burning pain in the arch or distal foot that occurs while the patient is recumbent but is relieved when the patient returns to a position in which...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0401/p1899.html

Evaluation and Management of Delirium in Hospitalized Older Patients - American Family ...

Dec 1, 2008 - Delirium is common in hospitalized older patients and may be a symptom of a medical emergency, such as hypoxia or hypoglycemia. It is characterized by an acute change in cognition and attention, although the symptoms may be subtle and usually fluctuate throughout the day. This ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/1201/p1265.html

Medical Emergency Preparedness in Office Practice - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2007 - Most primary care physicians report at least one emergency presenting to their office per year. Asthma, anaphylaxis, shock, seizures, and cardiac arrest are among the most common adult and childhood emergencies in the office setting. Most offices are not fully prepared for these medical...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0601/p1679.html

Management of Heatstroke and Heat Exhaustion - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2005 - Heat exhaustion and heatstroke are part of a continuum of heat-related illness. Both are common and preventable conditions affecting diverse patients. Recent research has identified a cascade of inflammatory pathologic events that begins with mild heat exhaustion and, if uninterrupted, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0601/p2133.html

Screening for Osteoporosis to Prevent Fractures: Recommendation Statement - U.S. ...

Nov 15, 2018 - The USPSTF recommends screening for osteoporosis with bone measurement testing to prevent osteoporotic fractures in women 65 years and older.

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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1115/od1.html

Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2003 - Nausea and vomiting of pregnancy, commonly known as 'morning sickness,' affects approximately 80 percent of pregnant women. Although several theories have been proposed, the exact cause remains unclear. Recent research has implicated Helicobacter pylori as one possible cause. Nausea and...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0701/p121.html

Prophylactic Vaccination Against Human Papillomavirus to Prevent Cervical Cancer and ...

Jan 1, 2019 - HPV vaccination in women 15 to 26 years of age prevents the development of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) 2 and CIN 3 in women regardless of previous HPV exposure (number needed to treat [NNT] = 39). No serious adverse effects are associated with administration of the HPV ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0101/p15.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

Diagnostic Evaluation of Dyspnea - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 1998 - Dyspnea is a common symptom and, in most cases, can be effectively managed in the office by the family physician. The differential diagnosis is composed of four general categories: cardiac, pulmonary, mixed cardiac or pulmonary, and noncardiac or nonpulmonary. Most cases of dyspnea are ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/0215/p711.html

Fever in the Returned Traveler - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2003 - With the rising popularity of international travel to exotic locations, family physicians are encountering more febrile patients who recently have visited tropical countries. In the majority of cases, the fever is caused by a common illness such as tracheobronchitis, pneumonia, or ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/1001/p1343.html

Promoting and Prescribing Exercise in the Elderly - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2002 - Regular exercise provides a myriad of health benefits in older adults, including improvements in blood pressure, diabetes, lipid profile, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and neurocognitive function. Regular physical activity is also associated with decreased mortality and age-related ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0201/p419.html

Welcome to Family Medicine; the AAFP Is Here to Help

Third-year residents are wrapping up their training. Brent Sugimoto, M.D., M.P.H., A.A.H.I.V.S., the new physician member of the AAFP Board of Directors, offers advice on how the Academy can be an invaluable resource at this critical career stage in the Leader Voices Blog.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20200602lv-newphysicians.html

Diagnosis and Management of Acute Interstitial Nephritis - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2003 - Acute interstitial nephritis is an important cause of acute renal failure resulting from immune-mediated tubulointerstitial injury, initiated by medications, infection, and other causes. Acute interstitial nephritis may be implicated in up to 15 percent of patients hospitalized for ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0615/p2527.html

Management of Hip Fracture: The Family Physician's Role - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2006 - The incidence of hip fracture is expected to increase as the population ages. One in five persons dies in the first year after sustaining a hip fracture, and those who survive past one year may have significant functional limitation. Although surgery is the main treatment for hip ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0615/p2195.html

Burnout by Numbers

Recent surveys and studies paint a bleak landscape regarding physician burnout. AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes in this In The Trenches blog post that the continued shortcomings of electronic health records are the prime driver.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200121itt-ehr.html

Treatment Options for Prostate Cancer: Evaluating the Evidence - American Family Physician

May 15, 2005 - Controversy surrounds the management options for localized prostate cancer-conservative management, prostatectomy, and radiation. Choosing among these options is difficult because of long-term side effects that include sexual, urinary, and bowel dysfunction. Some recent studies suggest ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0515/p1915.html

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