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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

Influenza Vaccination Recommendations for 2017-2018: Updates from ACIP - Practice ...

Oct 15, 2017 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has released its recommendations on influenza vaccination for the 2017–2018 season. In this update, ACIP announces the currently available vaccine products, reviews license and labeling ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1015/p545.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

Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: ACP Releases Updated Recommendations for Oral Pharmacologic ...

Oct 1, 2017 - The American College of Physicians (ACP) previously released guidelines in 2012 regarding the effectiveness and safety of oral pharmacologic treatment for type 2 diabetes; however, new evidence has emerged and new drugs have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. For ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1001/p472.html

Testosterone Therapy: Review of Clinical Applications - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2017 - Testosterone therapy is increasingly common in the United States, and many of these prescriptions are written by primary care physicians. There is conflicting evidence on the benefit of male testosterone therapy for age-related declines in testosterone. Physicians should not measure ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1001/p441.html

Low Back Pain: American College of Physicians Practice Guideline on Noninvasive ...

Sep 15, 2017 - The American College of Physicians has released a guideline, which partially updates its 2007 guideline, to provide recommendations for noninvasive treatment of acute (duration less than four weeks), subacute (duration of four to 12 weeks), and chronic (duration longer than 12 weeks) ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0915/p407.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

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

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

Newly Detected Atrial Fibrillation: AAFP Updates Guideline on Pharmacologic Management ...

Sep 1, 2017 - The American Academy of Family Physicians, with the American College of Physicians, has updated its 2003 guideline to provide guidance on atrial fibrillation treatment via medication in the primary care setting. The guideline focuses on adults with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation as ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0901/p332.html

Aseptic and Bacterial Meningitis: Evaluation, Treatment, and Prevention - American ...

Sep 1, 2017 - The etiologies of meningitis range in severity from benign and self-limited to life-threatening with potentially severe morbidity. Bacterial meningitis is a medical emergency that requires prompt recognition and treatment. Mortality remains high despite the introduction of vaccinations ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0901/p314.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

Cerumen Impaction: An Updated Guideline from the AAO—HNSF - Practice Guidelines - ...

Aug 15, 2017 - This update from the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO–HNSF) provides guidance for persons older than six months diagnosed with cerumen impaction.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0815/p263.html

Preventing Falls in Older Persons - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2017 - The American Geriatrics Society and British Geriatrics Society recommend that all adults older than 65 years be screened annually for a history of falls or balance impairment. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and American Academy of Family Physicians recommend exercise or ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0815/p240.html

Top POEMs of 2016 Consistent with the Principles of the Choosing Wisely Campaign - ...

Aug 15, 2017 - A challenge in the Choosing Wisely campaign is to identify low-value clinical actions supported by high-quality evidence. We applied a method based on crowdsourcing the Daily POEM (patient-oriented evidence that matters) to identify low-value clinical actions from research studies ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0815/p234.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

Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip in Infants: A Clinical Report from the AAP on ...

Aug 1, 2017 - Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) can range from a mild abnormality to dislocation. In infants and young children, it is asymptomatic; therefore, screening is required to diagnose it in otherwise healthy children.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0801/p196.html

Probiotics for Gastrointestinal Conditions: A Summary of the Evidence - American Family...

Aug 1, 2017 - Probiotics contain microorganisms, most of which are bacteria similar to the beneficial bacteria that occur naturally in the human gut. Probiotics have been widely studied in a variety of gastrointestinal diseases. The most-studied species include Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, and ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0801/p170.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

Peanut Allergy Prevention: Guidelines from the NIAID - Practice Guidelines - American ...

Jul 15, 2017 - The NIAID has provided addendum guidelines, which include recommendations based on new evidence for peanut allergy prevention.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0715/p130.html

Use of Media by School-Aged Children and Adolescents: A Policy Statement from the AAP -...

Jul 1, 2017 - Children and adolescents are exposed to a variety of broadcast (e.g., television, movies) and interactive (e.g., social media, video games) media. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released a policy statement on the use of media in children and adolescents five to 18 years of...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0701/p56.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

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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=84

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 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

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

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

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