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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

SIDS and Safe Sleeping Environments for Infants: AAP Updates Recommendations - Practice...

Jun 15, 2017 - The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated its recommendations to reduce the risk of SIDS and suffocation, asphyxia, and entrapment associated with sleep, focusing on SUIDs that transpire during sleep in infants one year or younger.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0615/p806.html

Sleep Disorders in Children - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2017 - ...[Practice Guidelines] 08/15/2008 Evaluation and Treatment of Enuresis 03/01/2004 Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Children Screening, Diagnosis, and Prevention 06/15/2017 SIDS and Safe Sleeping Environments for Infants: AAP Updates Recommendations [Practice Guidelines]...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

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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

Acne Vulgaris: Treatment Guidelines from the AAD - Practice Guidelines - American ...

Jun 1, 2017 - Acne vulgaris, which occurs in 50 million persons living in the United States, is associated with physical and psychological morbidity (e.g., scarring, poor self-image, depression) and results in more than $3 billion in direct costs annually. In addition, knowledge about its ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0601/p740.html

Treatment of Chronic Insomnia in Adults: ACP Guideline - Practice Guidelines - American...

May 15, 2017 - The American College of Physicians (ACP) has provided recommendations for treatment of chronic insomnia in adults. Treatment, which can include psychological or pharmacologic therapy, alone or combined, as well as complementary and alternative methods, is aimed at improving sleep, ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0515/p669.html

Top 20 Research Studies of 2016 for Primary Care Physicians - American Family Physician

May 1, 2017 - This article summarizes the top 20 original research studies and four practice guidelines of 2016, based on regular literature surveillance and as selected by members of the Canadian Medical Association. The studies, known as POEMs (patient-oriented evidence that matters), were rated ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0501/p572.html

Pharmacologic Treatment of Hypertension: ACP and AAFP Release Recommendations for ...

May 1, 2017 - The American College of Physicians (ACP) and American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) have made recommendations for all clinicians to treat hypertension in persons 60 years and older, based on the benefits and harms of higher (less than 150 mm Hg) and lower (140 mm Hg or less) ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0501/p588.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

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

Fever in Well-Appearing Children Younger Than Two Years: A Clinical Policy from the ...

Apr 15, 2017 - The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has released a clinical policy addressing issues in children younger than two years who visit the emergency department with fever, but who appear well.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0415/p524.html

Management of Chronic Pain and Opioid Misuse: A Position Paper from the AAFP - Practice...

Apr 1, 2017 - Overprescribing, misuse, diversion, and dependence on opioids have occurred as a result of external pressures, physician behavior, inadequate evidence, and pharmacologic development. Family physicians could play an important role in alleviating these problems; therefore, the American ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0401/p458.html

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Diagnosis and Management - American Family ...

Apr 1, 2017 - The diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) should be suspected in patients with risk factors (primarily a history of smoking) who report dyspnea at rest or with exertion, chronic cough with or without sputum production, or a history of wheezing. COPD may be suspected ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0401/p433.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

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

NPMS Releases Consensus Statement on Venous Thromboembolism During Pregnancy - Practice...

Mar 15, 2017 - The main strategy for preventing VTE-related mortality is thromboprophylaxis, but guidance regarding its use differs across specialties and organizations. For this reason, the National Partnership for Maternal Safety (NPMS), a group made up of a variety of leaders in women's health ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0315/p397.html

AAP Releases Guideline on Brief Resolved Unexplained Events (BRUEs) and Evaluation of ...

Mar 1, 2017 - This guideline from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) addresses apparent life-threatening events (ALTEs), a term recommended to be replaced by brief resolved unexplained events (BRUEs).

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0301/p330.html

Deep Venous Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism: Current Therapy - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2017 - Pulmonary embolism and deep venous thrombosis are the two most important manifestations of venous thromboembolism (VTE), which is the third most common life-threatening cardiovascular disease in the United States. Anticoagulation is the mainstay of VTE treatment. Most patients with deep...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0301/p295.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

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

ACIP Releases 2017 Childhood Immunization Recommendations - Practice Guidelines - ...

Feb 15, 2017 - The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reviews and updates the childhood immunization schedule annually to reflect recently published updates or corrections from the previous year. The 2017 childhood immunization ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0215/p260.html

ACIP Releases 2017 Adult Immunization Recommendations - Practice Guidelines - American ...

Feb 15, 2017 - Each year the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reviews and updates the adult immunization schedule to incorporate any published updates or corrections from the previous year. The 2017 adult immunization schedule ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0215/p262.html

Acute Coronary Syndrome: Current Treatment - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2017 - Acute coronary syndrome continues to be a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. Family physicians need to identify and mitigate risk factors early, as well as recognize and respond to acute coronary syndrome events quickly in any clinical setting. Diagnosis ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0215/p232.html

AAN Updates Guidelines on the Uses of Botulinum Neurotoxin - Practice Guidelines - ...

Feb 1, 2017 - In 2008, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) published guidelines on the use of botulinum neurotoxin. This summary highlights updates on four indications: blepharospasm, cervical dystonia, spasticity in adults, and headache.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0201/p198.html

Evaluation of Jaundice in Adults - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2017 - Jaundice in adults can be an indicator of significant underlying disease. It is caused by elevated serum bilirubin levels in the unconjugated or conjugated form. The evaluation of jaundice relies on the history and physical examination. The initial laboratory evaluation should include ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0201/p164.html

Acute Coronary Syndrome: Diagnostic Evaluation - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2017 - Myocardial infarction (MI), a subset of acute coronary syndrome, is damage to the cardiac muscle as evidenced by elevated cardiac troponin levels in the setting of acute ischemia. Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of mortality in the United States. Chest pain is a common ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0201/p170.html

Respiratory Syncytial Virus Bronchiolitis in Children - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2017 - Bronchiolitis is a common lower respiratory tract infection in infants and young children, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is the most common cause of this infection. RSV is transmitted through contact with respiratory droplets either directly from an infected person or ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0115/p94.html

CDC Updates Recommendations for Contraceptive Use - Practice Guidelines - American ...

Jan 15, 2017 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) first published the U.S. Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use (U.S. SPR) in 2013 to provide direction for safe and effective use of contraceptive methods. These guidelines update the 2013 report.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0115/p125.html

Hyperlipidemia: Drugs for Cardiovascular Risk Reduction in Adults - American Family ...

Jan 15, 2017 - Guidelines from the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) and the U.K. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) indicate that lipid-lowering drugs have benefit for primary and secondary prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0115/p78.html

ADA Updates Standards of Medical Care for Patients with Diabetes Mellitus - Practice ...

Jan 1, 2017 - The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recently updated its standards of care to provide the components of diabetes care, general treatment goals, and tools to evaluate the quality of care. Key changes in the 2016 update include new screening recommendations, clarification of ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0101/p40.html

ACP/CDC Provide Guidelines on the Use of Antibiotics for Acute Respiratory Tract ...

Dec 15, 2016 - The American College of Physicians (ACP) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guideline on appropriate antibiotic use in the treatment of healthy adults with acute respiratory tract infection outlines one of the medical community's top priorities.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1215/p1016.html

CDC Updates Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use - Practice Guidelines - American...

Dec 1, 2016 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) first published the U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, which is a companion document to the U.S. Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use, in 2010 to provide guidelines on safely using a variety of...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1201/p942.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

Society for Vascular Surgery Releases Guideline on Managing the Diabetic Foot - ...

Nov 15, 2016 - The Society for Vascular Surgery collaborated with the American Podiatric Medical Association and the Society for Vascular Medicine to create evidence-based guidelines to improve the care of patients with a diabetic foot.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1115/p834.html

AAO-HNS Releases Updated Guideline on Management of Otitis Media with Effusion - ...

Nov 1, 2016 - Otitis media with effusion (OME) is defined as the presence of fluid in the middle ear in the absence of signs or symptoms of acute ear infection. This practice guideline from the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) provides recommendations to improve ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1101/p747.html

Community-Acquired Pneumonia in Adults: Diagnosis and Management - American Family ...

Nov 1, 2016 - Community-acquired pneumonia is a leading cause of death. Risk factors include older age and medical comorbidities. Diagnosis is suggested by a history of cough, dyspnea, pleuritic pain, or acute functional or cognitive decline, with abnormal vital signs (e.g., fever, tachycardia) and ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1101/p698.html

ACIP Updates Influenza Vaccination Recommendations for 2016-2017 - Practice Guidelines ...

Oct 15, 2016 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has released its annual recommendations for routine influenza vaccination in the 2016–2017 season.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1015/p668.html

ACR Appropriateness Criteria for Acute Onset of Flank Pain with Suspicion of Stone ...

Oct 1, 2016 - The American College of Radiology (ACR) has established appropriateness criteria to assist in the selection process. Procedures with a rating of 9 are considered most appropriate, and those with a rating of 1 least appropriate. These guidelines rate the suitability of computed ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1001/p575.html

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors for Fibromyalgia - Cochrane for Clinicians - ...

Oct 1, 2016 - SSRIs may have a small to moderate effect on pain (number needed to treat [NNT] = 10), global improvement (NNT = 7), and depression (NNT = 13) in patients with fibromyalgia, but the quality of evidence is very low because of bias and small studies. SSRIs do not reduce fatigue related to...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1001/p548.html

Is Direct Primary Care the Solution to Our Health Care Crisis? -- FPM

Oct 1, 2016 - While attempting to solve one problem, DPC may be exacerbating other serious problems in our health care system.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2016/0900/p10.html

AAFP Releases Position Paper on Preconception care - Practice Guidelines - American ...

Sep 15, 2016 - The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has released a position paper providing evidence-based recommendations that address reproductive health care.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0915/p508.html

Diagnosis and Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2016 - Atrial fibrillation is a supraventricular arrhythmia that adversely affects cardiac function and increases the risk of stroke. It is the most common arrhythmia and a major source of morbidity and mortality; its prevalence increases with age. Pulse rate is sensitive, but not specific, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0915/p442.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

CDC Releases Updated Guidelines for Postexposure Prophylaxis After Sexual, Injection ...

Sep 1, 2016 - Postexposure prophylaxis (PEP) with anti-retroviral drugs to prevent transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) following sexual or injection drug use exposures (nonoccupational PEP or nPEP) is an essential intervention requiring a timely response. Updated guidelines from the ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0901/p392.html

Diagnosis and Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Adults - American Family Physician

Sep 1, 2016 - Obstructive sleep apnea is a common disorder that causes patients to temporarily stop or decrease their breathing repeatedly during sleep. This results in fragmented, nonrestful sleep that can lead to symptoms such as morning headache and daytime sleepiness. Obstructive sleep apnea ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0901/p355.html

AAP Updates Recommendations for Routine Preventive Pediatric Health Care - Practice ...

Aug 15, 2016 - The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has updated recommendations for preventive pediatric health care services, including evidence-based screenings and assessments that should be addressed at well-child visits. The recommendations are organized by age: infancy, early childhood, ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0815/p324.html

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

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

American Family Physician : Editorials

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

Treating Painful Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy: An Update - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2016 - Painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy occurs in approximately 25% of patients with diabetes mellitus who are treated in the office setting and significantly affects quality of life. It typically causes burning pain, paresthesias, and numbness in a stocking-glove pattern that progresses...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0801/p227.html

Cardiomyopathy and Myocarditis in Competitive Athletes: Recommendations from the ...

Aug 1, 2016 - The American Heart Association (AHA) and American College of Cardiology (ACC) have provided recommendations regarding eligibility and disqualification of competitive athletes with cardiovascular abnormalities. This summary focuses on cardiomyopathy and myocarditis.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0801/p249.html

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