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

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Gestational Hypertension and Preeclampsia: A Practice Bulletin from ACOG - Practice ... Restricted content. Login required.

Nov 15, 2019 - Globally, hypertensive disorders of pregnancy are one of the main causes of maternal death. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has released a practice bulletin to outline diagnosis and treatment recommendations for these conditions.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1115/p649.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

Pilonidal Disease Management: Guidelines from the ASCRS - Practice Guidelines - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Nov 1, 2019 - The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) has released a clinical practice guideline to provide physicians with diagnosis and treatment options of pilonidal disease.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1101/p582.html

Care of the Military Veteran: Selected Health Issues - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Nov 1, 2019 - According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 18.2 million veterans were living in the United States in 2017, of whom 1.6 million were female. Less than one-half of all veterans receive care at a Veterans Health Administration or military treatment facility, leaving most to receive services from...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1101/p544.html

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Past AAFP Journal Issues

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Influenza Vaccination: Updated Recommendations from ACIP - Practice Guidelines - ...

Oct 15, 2019 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has released its recommendations for routine influenza vaccination in the 2019–2020 season.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1015/p505.html

Dual Antiplatelet Therapy for Patients with Cardiovascular Disease - FPIN's Clinical ... Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 15, 2019 - Patients with established cardiovascular disease or risk factors (e.g., ischemic cerebrovascular disease, peripheral arterial disease, high risk of atherothrombotic disease) should receive dual antiplatelet therapy with aspirin plus clopidogrel, which confers additional benefit over ...

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1015/p463.html

Pharmacologic Treatment for Older Children with ADHD - Letters to the Editor - American...

Oct 15, 2019 - ...al.; Subcommitee on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder; Steering Committee on Quality Improvement and Management. ADHD: clinical practice guideline for the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children and adolescents. Pediatrics....

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1015/p455.html

Perinatal Depression: AAP Policy Statement on Recognition and Management - Practice ... Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2019 - The American Academy of Pediatrics has released a policy statement regarding the integration of perinatal depression recognition and management into well-child visits.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1001/p443.html

Anticoagulation: Updated Guidelines for Outpatient Management - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2019 - Anticoagulation therapy is recommended for preventing, treating, and reducing the recurrence of venous thromboembolism, and preventing stroke in persons with atrial fibrillation. Direct oral anticoagulants are first-line agents for eligible patients for treating venous thromboembolism ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1001/p426.html

Opioid Use Disorder: Medical Treatment Options - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2019 - Opioid use disorder is highly prevalent and can be fatal. At least 2.1 million Americans 12 years and older had opioid use disorder in 2016, and approximately 47,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses in 2017. Opioid use disorder is a chronic relapsing condition, the treatment of ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1001/p416.html

Corrections - Oct 1, 2019 - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2019 - ...Treatment of Gender-Dysphoric/Gender-Incongruent Persons: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline, at https://www.endocrine.org/guidelines-and-clinical-practice/clinical-practice-guidelines/gender-dysphoria-gender-incongruence.66 Reference 66 was also replaced with the...

American Family Physician : Corrections

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1001/p393.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.

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

Dual Antiplatelet Therapy for High-Risk TIA and Minor Stroke: BMJ Rapid Recommendation ...

Sep 15, 2019 - Based on a recent randomized controlled trial followed by a systematic review, the BMJ and MAGIC group concluded that dual antiplatelet therapy use for a limited period after mild stroke is beneficial.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0915/p378.html

Otitis Media: Rapid Evidence Review - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2019 - Acute otitis media (AOM) is the most common diagnosis in childhood acute sick visits. By three years of age, 50% to 85% of children will have at least one episode of AOM. Symptoms may include ear pain (rubbing, tugging, or holding the ear may be a sign of pain), fever, irritability, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0915/p350.html

Tonsillectomy in Children: AAO-HNS Updates Guideline - Practice Guidelines - American ...

Sep 1, 2019 - The American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (AAO–HNS) has updated its 2011 guideline on tonsillectomy indications and perioperative care in children one to 18 years of age.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0901/p316.html

Treatment of the Common Cold - American Family Physician

Sep 1, 2019 - Acute upper respiratory tract infections are extremely common in adults and children, but only a few safe and effective treatments are available. Patients typically present with nasal congestion, rhinorrhea, sore throat, cough, general malaise, and/or low-grade fever. Informing patients...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0901/p281.html

Venous Ulcers: Diagnosis and Treatment - American Family Physician

Sep 1, 2019 - Venous ulcers are the most common type of chronic lower extremity ulcers, affecting 1% to 3% of the U.S. population. Venous hypertension as a result of venous reflux (incompetence) or obstruction is thought to be the primary underlying mechanism for venous ulcer formation. Risk factors ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0901/p298.html

Gabapentin for Treatment of Radicular Low Back Pain - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - ...

Sep 1, 2019 - Gabapentin is not effective for the treatment of radicular low back pain and is associated with adverse effects.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0901/p309.html

Maintenance Intravenous Fluids in Children: AAP Provides Recommendations - Practice ...

Aug 15, 2019 - The American Academy of Pediatrics has created an evidence-based guideline recommending the use of isotonic fluids for patients 28 days to 18 years of age to reduce the risk of developing hyponatremia.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0815/p251.html

Infantile Hemangioma: AAP Releases Guideline for Management - Practice Guidelines - ...

Aug 1, 2019 - Infantile hemangiomas are the most common benign tumors of childhood, occurring in up to approximately 5% of infants. These benign vascular tumors are small, self-resolving, and do not require treatment.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0801/p186.html

Hirsutism in Women - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2019 - Hirsutism is the excessive growth of terminal hair in a typical male pattern in a female. It is often a sign of excessive androgen levels. Although many conditions can lead to hirsutism, polycystic ovary syndrome and idiopathic hyperandrogenism account for more than 85% of cases. Less ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0801/p168.html

Pharyngitis (Sore Throat) - American Family Physician

Jul 29, 2019 - ...Pharyngitis [Practice Guidelines] Screening and Diagnosis 06/15/2014 Diagnosis of Streptococcal Pharyngitis [Point-of-Care Guides] Treatment 06/15/2018 Corticosteroids for Sore Throat: BMJ Rapid Recommendation [Practice Guidelines] 05/15/2015 Acute...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

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Testosterone Treatment

Access the clinical practice guideline on Testosterone Treatment in Adult Men with Age-Related Low Testosterone, endorsed by the AAFP.

Family Physician |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/clinical-recommendations/all-clinical-recommendations/testosterone-treatment.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

Interpregnancy Care: Guidelines from ACOG and SMFM - Practice Guidelines - American ...

Jul 15, 2019 - The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine have published guidelines focusing on interpregnancy care to improve outcomes of future pregnancies and the overall health of women, regardless of their future pregnancy plans.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0715/p121.html

Hearing Loss in Adults: Differential Diagnosis and Treatment - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2019 - More than 30 million U.S. adults have hearing loss. This condition is underrecognized, and hearing aids and other hearing enhancement technologies are underused. Hearing loss is categorized as conductive, sensorineural, or mixed. Age-related sensorineural hearing loss (i.e., ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0715/p98.html

Physical Activity: Updated Recommendations from HHS - Practice Guidelines - American ...

Jul 1, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently published updated recommendations on physical activity based on a systematic review of the effect of physical activity on health. The committee addressed 38 questions and 104 subquestions and graded the evidence based on ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0701/p58.html

Amenorrhea: A Systematic Approach to Diagnosis and Management - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2019 - Menstrual patterns can be an indicator of overall health and self-perception of well-being. Primary amenorrhea, defined as the lifelong absence of menses, requires evaluation if menarche has not occurred by 15 years of age or three years post-thelarche. Secondary amenorrhea is ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0701/p39.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

Depression Following Acute Coronary Syndrome - Clinical Practice Guideline

Access the AAFP's Guidelines for the Screening and Treatment of Depression Following Acute Coronary Syndrome.

Family Physician |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/clinical-recommendations/all-clinical-recommendations/depression-acs.html

Depression Following Acute Coronary Syndrome Events: Screening and Treatment Guidelines...

Jun 15, 2019 - ...Practice Guidelines Depression Following Acute Coronary Syndrome Events: Screening and Treatment Guidelines from the AAFP JENNIFER FROST, MD, Swope Health Services, Wyandotte, Kansas ROBERT L. RICH JR., MD, FAAFP, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of North Carolina, Bladen County...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0615/od2.html

Depression After ACS Events: AAFP Releases Updated Guidelines - Practice Guidelines - ...

Jun 15, 2019 - The American Academy of Family Physicians has released a guideline focusing on depression in adults within three months of an ACS event (unstable angina or myocardial infarction). The guideline is based on a systematic review of randomized controlled trials and observational studies and...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0615/p785.html

Diabetic Kidney Disease: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2019 - Globally, approximately 20% of the 400 million individuals with diabetes mellitus have diabetic kidney disease (DKD). DKD is associated with higher cardiovascular and all-cause morbidity and mortality, so timely diagnosis and treatment are critical. Screening for early DKD is best done ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0615/p751.html

Community-Acquired Pneumonia: Determining Safe Treatment in the Outpatient Setting - ...

Jun 15, 2019 - When is it safe to treat a patient with community-acquired pneumonia a an outpatient?

American Family Physician : Point-of-Care Guides

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0615/p768.html

Cancer Screening: ACS Releases Annual Summary of Recommendations - Practice Guidelines ...

Jun 1, 2019 - The American Cancer Society (ACS) provides a summary of recommendations for cancer screening each year, including any updates and recent data, and advice for when recommendations cannot be made.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0601/p719.html

Caregiver Care - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2019 - Eighty percent of adults requiring long-term care currently live at home in the community, and unpaid family caregivers provide 90% of their care. Family caregivers serve as a critical extension of the U.S. health care system, and the demand for family caregivers is expected to increase...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0601/p699.html

Overview of New ACC/AHA Lipid Guidelines - POEMs - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2019 - These updated guidelines, made without any input from primary care physicians who manage most patients with hyperlipidemia, are more complex than the 2013 guidelines and will likely lead to even more recommendations for statins, ezetimibe (Zetia), and PSK9 inhibitors.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0601/p716.html

Chronic Cough After Acute Viral Bronchiolitis: Suggestions from the ACCP - Practice ...

May 15, 2019 - To address the high prevalence of bronchiolitis, the effects of chronic cough on patients' quality of life, and adverse effects from inappropriate use of medications, an expert panel from the American College of Chest Physicians performed systematic reviews to develop several ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0515/p654.html

Cholesterol Management: ACC/AHA Updates Guideline - Practice Guidelines - American ...

May 1, 2019 - The American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) task force on clinical practice guidelines has updated its 2013 cholesterol guideline.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0501/p589.html

Top 20 Research Studies of 2018 for Primary Care Physicians - American Family Physician

May 1, 2019 - In 2018, through regular surveillance of more than 110 English-language research journals, 255 research studies met the criteria to become POEMs (patient-oriented evidence that matters). Using a validated tool, physician members of the Canadian Medical Association rated these POEMs for ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0501/p565.html

Interventional Radiology: Indications and Best Practices - American Family Physician

May 1, 2019 - Interventional radiology employs image-guided techniques to perform minimally invasive procedures for diagnosis and treatment. Interventional radiology is often used to place central venous catheters and subcutaneous ports, with some evidence of benefit over surgical placement. Arterial...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0501/p547.html

Psychological and Pharmacologic Treatments for Adults with PTSD - Implementing AHRQ ...

May 1, 2019 - What are the benefits and harms of psychotherapies and pharmacologic agents for the treatment of adults with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

American Family Physician : Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care Reviews

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0501/p577.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...

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

Diagnosis of Venous Thromboembolism - Clinical Practice Guideline

Access the AAFP clinical practice guideline on Diagnosis of Venous Thromboembolism

Family Physician |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/clinical-recommendations/all-clinical-recommendations/venous-thromboembolism-diagnosis.html

Child Passenger Safety: AAP Updates Best Practice Recommendations - Practice Guidelines...

Apr 15, 2019 - There has been an increase in scientific evidence supporting the use of child safety and booster seats. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has updated best practice recommendations on child passenger safety based on this evidence.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0415/p525.html

Mild TBI in Children: Guidance from the CDC for Diagnosis and Treatment - Practice ...

Apr 1, 2019 - Mild traumatic brain injury in children is a major problem in the United States. Based on a systematic literature review, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released recommendations specific to children with Glasgow Coma Scale scores of 13 to 15.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0401/p462.html

Current Concepts in Concussion: Initial Evaluation and Management - American Family ...

Apr 1, 2019 - Mild traumatic brain injury, also known as concussion, is common in adults and youth and is a major health concern. Concussion is caused by direct or indirect external trauma to the head resulting in shear stress to brain tissue from rotational or angular forces. Concussion can affect a...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0401/p426.html

Guideline, with No Evidence, Suggests Annual Screening for Urinary Incontinence in ...

Apr 1, 2019 - The goal of screening is to identify a disorder before it becomes symptomatic if early treatment has the potential for greater benefit than waiting until symptoms are reported. Despite the failure to meet this definition, this guideline suggests annual screening of women for urinary ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0401/p459.html

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