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How to Find Answers to Clinical Questions - American Family Physician

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

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0215/p293.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

Outpatient Management of Anticoagulation Therapy - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2007 - The Seventh American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) Conference on Antithrombotic and Thrombolytic Therapy provides guidelines for outpatient management of anticoagulation therapy. The ACCP guidelines recommend short-term warfarin therapy, with the goal of maintaining an ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0401/p1031.html

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

Dec 15, 2017 - ...with progestins having the potential to be mildly weight positive. This is consistent with the Endocrine Society's 2015 clinical practice guideline that recommends choosing an oral contraceptive over an injectable option in women with a body mass index greater than 27 kg per m2 or...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1215/ol1.html

Interventions to Facilitate Smoking Cessation - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2006 - Tobacco use, primarily cigarette smoking, is the leading cause of preventable morbidity and mortality in the United States, and nearly one third of those who try a cigarette become addicted to nicotine. Family physicians, who see most of these patients in their offices every year, have ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0715/p262.html

Diagnosis and Treatment of Pulmonary Hypertension - American Family Physician

May 1, 2001 - Primary pulmonary hypertension is a rare disease of unknown etiology, whereas secondary pulmonary hypertension is a complication of many pulmonary, cardiac and extrathoracic conditions. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, left ventricular dysfunction and disorders associated with ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/0501/p1789.html

October 2021 - American Family Physician

...Practice Guidelines: Neonatal Resuscitation: Updated Guidelines from the American Heart Association Noa C. Hammer; John J. Koch; Hilary C. Hopkins Practice Guidelines: Venous Thromboembolism: Management Guidelines from the American Society of Hematology Michael J. Arnold...

American Family Physician

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

October 2021 - American Family Physician

...Practice Guidelines: Neonatal Resuscitation: Updated Guidelines from the American Heart Association Noa C. Hammer; John J. Koch; Hilary C. Hopkins Practice Guidelines: Venous Thromboembolism: Management Guidelines from the American Society of Hematology Michael J. Arnold...

American Family Physician

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

Evaluating Obesity and Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Children and Adolescents - ...

Nov 1, 2008 - Obesity continues to be a growing public health problem. According to the 2003-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 17 percent of persons two to 19 years of age are overweight. The number of obese children and adolescents has tripled in the past 20 years. Obesity in ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/1101/p1052.html

Role of the Primary Care Physician in Hodgkin Lymphoma - American Family Physician

Sep 1, 2008 - Approximately 8,200 new cases of Hodgkin lymphoma are diagnosed annually in the United States. Common presenting features include painless lymphadenopathy (usually above the diaphragm), cough, fever, night sweats, and weight loss. To decrease late complications, treatment has gradually ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0901/p615.html

Managing Behavioral Health Issues in Primary Care: Six Five-Minute Tools -- FPM

Apr 1, 2017 - These practical strategies can help family physicians support patients with depression, anxiety, and other behavioral health issues.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2017/0300/p30.html

Update on Helicobacter pylori Treatment - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2007 - One half of the world's population has Helicobacter pylori infection, with an estimated prevalence of 30 percent in North America. Although it is unclear whether eradication of H. pylori improves symptoms in patients with nonulcer dyspepsia, there is strong evidence that eradication of ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0201/p351.html

Clostridium difficile Infection: Prevention and Treatment - Implementing AHRQ Effective...

Feb 1, 2018 - How effective are interventions to prevent and treat Clostridium difficile infection?

American Family Physician : Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care Reviews

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0201/p196.html

Treating Eating Disorders in Primary Care - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2008 - Binge-eating disorder, bulimia nervosa, and anorexia nervosa are potentially life-threatening disorders that involve complex psychosocial issues. A strong therapeutic relationship between the physician and patient is necessary for assessing the psychosocial and medical factors used to ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0115/p187.html

Primary Care Issues in Patients with Mental Illness - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2008 - Family physicians commonly care for patients with serious mental illness. Patients with psychotic and bipolar disorders have more comorbid medical conditions and higher mortality rates than patients without serious mental illness. Many medications prescribed for serious mental illness ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0801/p355.html

Screening for Celiac Disease: Recommendation Statement - U.S. Preventive Services Task ...

Sep 15, 2017 - The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for celiac disease in asymptomatic persons.

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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0915/od1.html

Evidence Poses a Challenge to Imaging Standards in the Diagnosis of Pneumonia - Letters...

Feb 1, 2018 - ...CL, Shah SS, et al. The management of community-acquired pneumonia in infants and children older than 3 months of age: clinical practice guidelines by the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society and the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Clin Infect Dis. 2011;53(7):e25–e76. Read...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0201/p158.html

Adolescent Substance Use and Abuse: Recognition and Management - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2008 - Substance abuse in adolescents is undertreated in the United States. Family physicians are well positioned to recognize substance use in their patients and to take steps to address the issue before use escalates. Comorbid mental disorders among adolescents with substance abuse include ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0201/p331.html

Introducing AFP's Next Editor-in-Chief - Editorials - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2018 - Meet Dr. Sumi Makkar Sexton, AFP's new Editor-in-Chief.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0201/p154.html

AFP: What's Ahead - Editorials - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2018 - Learn about AFP's new Editor-in-Chief's vision and plans for AFP.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0201/p155.html

Vision Screening in Children Aged 6 Months to 5 Years: Recommendation Statement - U.S. ...

Dec 15, 2017 - The USPSTF recommends vision screening at least once in all children aged 3 to 5 years to detect amblyopia or its risk factors.

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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1215/od1.html

Discuss Oral Health with All Women of Child-Bearing Age - Letters to the Editor - ...

Jan 1, 2018 - ...Releases Position Paper on Preconception Care [Practice Guidelines] Issue Date: September 15, 2016 See additional reader comments at: http://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0915/p508.html To the Editor: I read with interest this Practice Guideline on Preconception Care. It is impressive that...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0101/p7.html

Thirty Years of AFP: Having Fun Painting the Fence - Editorials - American Family ...

Jan 15, 2018 - Read Dr. Siwek's summary of his 29 years as Editor of AFP.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0115/p83.html

The CDC’s STEADI Initiative: Promoting Older Adult Health and Independence Through Fall...

Aug 15, 2017 - ...falls.8 Launched in 2012, STEADI offers a coordinated approach to implementing the American and British Geriatrics Societies' clinical practice guideline for fall prevention.9 STEADI includes three core elements: screen patients to identify their fall risk, assess patients'...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0815/p220.html

Selecting Medications for the Treatment of Urinary Incontinence - American Family ...

Jan 15, 2005 - In response to the growing population of older patients with incontinence, pharmaceutical companies are developing new drugs to treat the condition. Before prescribing medications for incontinence, however, physicians should determine the nature and cause of the patient's incontinence. ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0115/p315.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

Preconception Care Is Primary Care: A Call to Action - Editorials - American Family ...

Oct 15, 2017 - Alarmingly, the United States is the only developed country with a rising maternal mortality rate; women are more likely to die in or around childbirth now than 20 years ago. Regardless of community, profession, or political affiliation, this should create a sense of urgency for action ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1015/p492.html

Preoperative Cardiac Risk Assessment - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2002 - Heart disease is the leading cause of mortality in the United States. An important subset of heart disease is perioperative myocardial infarction, which affects approximately 50,000 persons each year. The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and American Heart Association (AHA) have ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/1115/p1889.html

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2006 - Most abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) are asymptomatic, not detectable on physical examination, and silent until discovered during radiologic testing for other reasons. Tobacco use, hypertension, a family history of AAA, and male sex are clinical risk factors for the development of an ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0401/p1198.html

Corticosteroid Injections Ineffective for Knee Osteoarthritis - POEMs - American Family...

Sep 15, 2017 - This well-done study found that regular three-month intra-articular injections of triamcinolone for two years resulted in no significant difference in pain and function assessments compared with saline. However, a significant increase in cartilage loss and damage did occur in patients ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0915/p406.html

Differences Between the AAFP Atrial Fibrillation Guideline and the AHA/ACC/HRS ...

Sep 1, 2017 - The AAFP updated its guideline on pharmacologic management of newly detected atrial fibrillation, which differs in part from the AHA/ACC/HRS guideline. It specifically highlights two questions commonly faced by family physicians, and is based on updated data from the Agency for ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0901/p284.html

How Family Physicians Can Combat the Opioid Epidemic - Editorials - American Family ...

Sep 15, 2017 - Family physicians must commit to responsible prescribing of opioid medications. The decision to initiate opioid therapy should be a careful and deliberate one, especially in patients who are at risk of addiction.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0915/p357.html

Atypical Pathogens and Challenges in Community-Acquired Pneumonia - American Family ...

Apr 1, 2004 - Atypical organisms such as Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Chlamydia pneumoniae, and Legionella pneumophila are implicated in up to 40 percent of cases of community-acquired pneumonia. Antibiotic treatment is empiric and includes coverage for both typical and atypical organisms. Doxycycline, a ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0401/p1699.html

Pharmacologic Treatment of Hypertension in Adults Aged 60 Years or Older: A Guideline ...

May 1, 2017 - A high standard must be met when guidelines recommend lifelong preventive medications, knowing that at best, a small minority of patients will benefit and that all are risking harm.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0501/p547.html

Estimating Cardiovascular Risk - Point-of-Care Guides - American Family Physician

May 1, 2017 - The primary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) depends on accurate estimation of cardiovascular risk. However, a recent systematic review identified 363 prediction models.

American Family Physician : Point-of-Care Guides

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0501/p580.html

Effects of Yoga in Patients with Asthma - Cochrane for Clinicians - American Family ...

Aug 1, 2017 - Regular yoga improves quality of life as measured on the Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire (mean difference = 0.57 units on a seven-point scale; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.37 to 0.77); improves asthma symptoms (standardized mean difference = 0.37; 95% CI, 0.09 to 0.65); and ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0801/p159.html

Dementia Care: More Than Just Prescription Drugs - Editorials - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2017 - Rather than focusing on medications to achieve a small temporary difference in cognition, patients and families might be better served if we focused more on nonpharmacologic treatments, and on more important issues, such as advance directives, driving, living arrangements, caregiver ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0615/p766.html

Management of Binge-Eating Disorder in Adults - Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care...

Mar 1, 2017 - What are the benefits and harms of treatments for adults with binge-eating disorder?

American Family Physician : Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care Reviews

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0301/p324.html

A Practical Guide to Crisis Management - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2006 - Family physicians often treat patients who are experiencing psychological or medical crises. Any event perceived as overwhelming by the patient may trigger a crisis reaction consisting of psychological and physiological symptoms. Physicians are encouraged to assist patients who are ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/1001/p1159.html

Strength of Recommendation Taxonomy (SORT): A Patient-Centered Approach to Grading ...

Feb 1, 2004 - A large number of taxonomies are used to rate the quality of an individual study and the strength of a recommendation based on a body of evidence. We have developed a new grading scale that will be used by several family medicine and primary care journals (required or optional), with ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0201/p548.html

Effects of Altered Dietary Salt Intake in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease - ...

Apr 1, 2017 - Reducing salt intake lowers blood pressure and reduces proteinuria in patients with CKD, but there is no evidence to determine whether lowering salt consumption leads to clinically significant reductions in end-stage renal disease, cardiovascular events, or all-cause mortality.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0401/p423.html

Chronic Pain Management and Opioid Misuse: Guidance for Family Physicians - Editorials ...

Apr 1, 2017 - Family physicians are committed to advancing population and community health, and we must take the lead in reducing opioid misuse and overdose before outside entities mandate practice strategies that may not be patient-centered.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0401/p420.html

Preparation of the Cardiac Patient for Noncardiac Surgery - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2007 - Approximately 20 to 40 percent of patients at high risk of cardiac-related morbidity develop myocardial ischemia perioperatively. The preferred approach to diagnostic evaluation depends on the interactions of patient-specific risk factors, surgery-specific risk factors, and exercise ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0301/p656.html

Detection and Evaluation of Chronic Kidney Disease - American Family Physician

Nov 1, 2005 - Chronic kidney disease affects approximately 19 million adult Americans, and its incidence is increasing rapidly. Diabetes and hypertension are the underlying causes in most cases of chronic kidney disease. Evidence suggests that progression to kidney failure can be delayed or prevented...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/1101/p1723.html

Croup - Clinical Evidence Handbook - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2016 - What are the effects of treatments (dexamethasone or humidification) in children with mild and moderate to severe croup?

American Family Physician : Clinical Evidence Handbook

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0915/p476.html

Treatment of Ethylene Glycol Poisoning - American Family Physician

Sep 1, 2002 - Ingestion of ethylene glycol may be an important contributor in patients with metabolic acidosis of unknown cause and subsequent renal failure. Expeditious diagnosis and treatment will limit metabolic toxicity and decrease morbidity and mortality. Ethylene glycol poisoning should be ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0901/p807.html

Interventions to Improve Antibiotic Prescribing for Uncomplicated Acute RTIs - ...

Dec 1, 2016 - What are the effectiveness and adverse consequences of strategies for reducing antibiotic use in adults and children with uncomplicated acute respiratory tract infections (RTIs)?

American Family Physician : Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care Reviews

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1201/p918.html

Screening for Breast Cancer: Recommendation Statement - U.S. Preventive Services Task ...

Apr 15, 2016 - The USPSTF recommends biennial screening mammography for women aged 50 to 74 years.

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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0415/od1.html

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

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

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0601/p1660.html

September 2021 - American Family Physician

...Practice Guidelines: Cervical Cancer Screening: Updated Guidelines from the American Cancer Society Priscilla Auguste Practice Guidelines: Outpatient Primary Care Management of Headaches: Guidelines from the VA/DoD Brian Ford; Michael Dore; Ethan Harris Available Online...

American Family Physician

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

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