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Patient Attribution: Why It Matters More Than Ever -- FPM

Dec 1, 2016 - How payers assign patients to you will affect how your practice is evaluated and paid for value in the future.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2016/1100/p25.html

It’s Time for ICD-10 Changes -- FPM

Dec 1, 2016 - The ICD-10 grace period has ended, so avoid using out-of-date and unspecified codes.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2016/1100/p17.html

Erectile Dysfunction - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2016 - Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient for satisfactory sexual performance. It is common, affecting at least 12 million U.S. men. The five-question International Index of Erectile Function allows rapid clinical assessment of ED. The ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1115/p820.html

Acute Monoarthritis: Diagnosis in Adults - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2016 - Acute monoarthritis can be the initial manifestation of many joint disorders. The most common diagnoses in the primary care setting are osteoarthritis, gout, and trauma. It is important to understand the prevalence of specific etiologies and to use the appropriate diagnostic modalities....

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1115/p810.html

Evolocumab (Repatha) for the Treatment of Hyperlipidemia - STEPS - American Family ...

Nov 15, 2016 - Evolocumab is generally safe and effective at lowering serum LDL cholesterol levels for select patients who need marked cholesterol reduction and can tolerate injections. However, it remains unknown whether evolocumab prevents premature death from cardiovascular events.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1115/p843.html

Erectile Dysfunction - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2016 - ...to the nerves and blood vessels in the penis. This allows the penis to fill with blood. Some medical conditions block these signals, such as strokes, spine or pelvic injuries, Parkinson disease, and multiple sclerosis. Nerve damage from diabetes or prostate surgery can also cause...

American Family Physician : Patient Handout

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1115/p820-s1.html

The Risk of MI and Ischemic Stroke with Combined Oral Contraceptives - Cochrane for ...

Nov 1, 2016 - The overall risk of MI and ischemic stroke is increased in women who use combined oral contraceptives. The relative risk of MI and ischemic stroke increases as estrogen dose rises, increasing by 60% with doses of 20 mcg and more than doubling when doses of 50 mcg or more are used.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1101/p691.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

High-Deductible Plans May Reduce Ambulatory Care Use - Graham Center Policy One-Pagers ...

Nov 1, 2016 - Although rates of uninsured Americans are declining because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there is growing concern about out-of-pocket expenditures associated with private high-deductible insurance plans.

American Family Physician : Graham Center Policy One-Pagers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1101/p727.html

Amiodarone for the Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death - Cochrane for Clinicians - ...

Nov 1, 2016 - Although not a substitute for an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), amiodarone is effective for the primary prevention of sudden cardiac death when compared with placebo (number needed to treat [NNT] = 47; 95% confidence interval [CI], 33 to 100), but it does not ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1101/p692.html

Primary Care for Patients with HIV Infection: It’s Not Who Should Provide It, It’s How ...

Nov 1, 2016 - The major challenge is not to address whether primary care clinicians without substantial HIV experience should provide HIV care, but to create a framework that allows all primary care clinicians to provide the best possible care for their patients living with HIV infection.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1101/p687.html

Third-Generation Oral Contraceptives Associated with Greater Risk of PE, Stroke, and MI...

Oct 15, 2016 - Although there is risk with any current oral contraceptive combination, those that contain lower doses of estrogen, and levonorgestrel instead of desogestrel or gestodene, are associated with the least risk of ischemic stroke, myocardial infarction (MI), or pulmonary embolism (PE). ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1015/p663.html

The Mental Status Examination - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2016 - The mental status examination includes general observations made during the clinical encounter, as well as specific testing based on the needs of the patient and physician. Multiple cognitive functions may be tested, including attention, executive functioning, gnosia, language, memory, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1015/p635.html

Aspirin Use for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease and Colorectal Cancer:...

Oct 15, 2016 - The USPSTF recommends initiating low-dose aspirin use for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and colorectal cancer (CRC) in adults aged 50 to 59 years who have a 10% or greater 10-year CVD risk, are not at increased risk for bleeding, have a life expectancy of at ...

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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1015/od1.html

Aspirin Use for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease and Colorectal Cancer ...

Oct 15, 2016 - S.L. is a 55-year-old man who presents to your office for a routine refill of his antihypertension medication. He also takes a statin and an antidepressant. Although he smokes, his blood pressure and cholesterol are well controlled. His history and physical examination are unremarkable.

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1015/p661.html

Procalcitonin Guidance Safely Decreases Antibiotic Use in Critically Ill Patients - ...

Oct 15, 2016 - For patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) who receive antibiotics for presumed or proven bacterial infections, the use of procalcitonin levels to determine when to stop antibiotic therapy results in decreased duration and consumption of antibiotics without increasing mortality.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1015/p663a.html

Rivaroxaban vs. Warfarin for Anticoagulation in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation ...

Oct 1, 2016 - Studies showed that 433 patients needed to be treated with rivaroxaban to prevent one stroke and 629 patients needed to be treated with rivaroxaban to prevent one thromboembolic event. Read more.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1001/od1.html

Top POEMs of 2015 Consistent with the Principles of the Choosing Wisely Campaign - ...

Oct 1, 2016 - The authors applied a novel method to identify recent clinical studies that showed results consistent with the principles of the Choosing Wisely campaign. The method, based on crowdsourcing studies known as POEMs (patientoriented evidence that matters), involved analyzing POEM ratings ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1001/p566.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

Clinical Diagnosis of Gout Without Joint Aspirate - Point-of-Care Guides - American ...

Sep 15, 2016 - Gout is ideally diagnosed through identification of characteristic negatively birefringent crystals under polarized light microscopy in fluid aspirated from end-organ deposits, typically from a joint. However, fewer than 10% of patients with gout see a rheumatologist, and most cases of ...

American Family Physician : Point-of-Care Guides

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0915/p505.html

Atrial Fibrillation - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2016 - ...of your heart to shake, and not pump blood well. Sometimes a clot can form in this chamber, and if that clot breaks free it can cause a stroke. What are the symptoms? Your heartbeat may feel fast and uneven. You may also feel weak, tired, or short of breath. You may find it hard to...

American Family Physician : Patient Handout

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0915/p442-s1.html

AAFP News - Sep 15, 2016 - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2016 - Selected policy and health issues news briefs from AAFP News.

American Family Physician : AAFP News: AFP Edition

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0915/p420.html

Newer Sulfonylureas Not Associated with Increased Mortality, MIs, or Strokes - POEMs - ...

Sep 1, 2016 - In multiple randomized trials, the long-term use of second- or third-generation sulfonylureas in patients with type 2 diabetes is not associated with more deaths, myocardial infarctions (MIs), or strokes. The included trials tended not to report other safety data.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0901/p386.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

Perioperative Beta Blockers - Medicine by the Numbers - American Family Physician

Sep 1, 2016 - Studies show that 1 in 72 patients had a nonfatal myocardial infarction prevents while harm end points included nonfatal stroke, hypotension, and bradycardia. Find out more.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0901/od1.html

Update on Office-Based Strategies for the Management of Obesity - American Family ...

Sep 1, 2016 - Obesity is a common condition that is associated with numerous medical problems such as cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, and diabetes mellitus. Primary care physicians have an important role in helping patients develop a successful weight loss plan to improve their overall ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0901/p361.html

Inhaled Fluticasone-Salmeterol Better Than Fluticasone Alone for Moderate to Severe ...

Sep 1, 2016 - The combination of fluticasone and salmeterol (Advair), with the steroid dose adjusted for disease severity, reduces the number of severe asthma exacerbations more than fluticasone (Flovent) alone (number needed to treat [NNT] = 50 over 26 weeks), with no difference in terms of ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0901/p387.html

Flibanserin Ineffective for Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder in Women - POEMs - ...

Sep 1, 2016 - Flibanserin produces a minimal effect on sexual desire and minimally increases the number of satisfying sexual events in women (less than one-half an event per month increase). Many women will be unable to tolerate the adverse effects.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0901/p384a.html

How to Recognize OSA and What It Means for Your Health - American Family Physician

Sep 1, 2016 - ...Stroke Hypertension (not controlled with medicine) Depression Increased risk of motor vehicle crashes Overall increased risk of death Where can I get more information? Your doctor American Sleep Apnea Association http://www.sleepapnea.org/ National Heart, Lung, and Blood...

American Family Physician : Patient Handout

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0901/p355-s1.html

Pioglitazone After Stroke or TIA Reduces Stroke and MI, but Also Has Significant Harms ...

Aug 15, 2016 - In patients with a recent stroke or TIA and evidence of insulin resistance, pioglitazone reduces the likelihood of myocardial infarction (MI) or stroke (number needed to treat [NNT] = 36 over five years) but increases the risk of significant weight gain (number needed to treat to harm ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0815/p319.html

Behavioral Disorders in Dementia: Appropriate Nondrug Interventions and Antipsychotic ...

Aug 15, 2016 - Behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia pose management challenges for caregivers and clinicians. Firstline nonpharmacologic treatments include eliminating physical and emotional stressors, modifying the patient’s environment, and establishing daily routines. Family members ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0815/p276.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

Alirocumab (Praluent) for Treatment of Hyperlipidemia - STEPS - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2016 - Alirocumab is a novel lipid-lowering therapy that is highly effective at lowering LDL cholesterol when used in addition to statin therapy and diet. Its use should be limited to patients with either heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia or clinical atherosclerotic cardiovascular ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0815/p310.html

Stop Using Antipsychotics to Treat or Prevent Delirium—They Are No Better Than Placebo ...

Aug 15, 2016 - The available data indicate that antipsychotic medications are ineffective in preventing or treating delirium in hospitalized patients. Because there are concerns about falls and extrapyramidal effects with antipsychotics (not reported in this study), we should stop using them.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0815/p318.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

Exercise to Improve Functioning in Patients with Dementia - FPIN's Help Desk Answers - ...

Aug 1, 2016 - Exercise programs lasting at least two months moderately increase the ability of patients with dementia to perform ADLs.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0801/p242.html

Trigeminal Neuralgia - Clinical Evidence Handbook - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2016 - What are the effects of ongoing treatments in persons with trigeminal neuralgia?

American Family Physician : Clinical Evidence Handbook

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0715/p133.html

Blood Pressure Goal of 140 to 150 mm Hg Is Best for Patients with Diabetes - POEMs - ...

Jul 1, 2016 - Although most recent practice guidelines have relaxed the blood pressure goals for patients with diabetes, there are still a few holdouts that suggest aggressive treatment. This analysis shows that the ideal range for hypertension control in patients with diabetes is between 140 and 150...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0701/p59a.html

Stranded Patients, Lost Meds Are Just the Beginning of Flood Disaster

Stranded Patients, Lost Meds Are Just the Beginning of Flood Disaster

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/stranded_patients_lost_meds_are.html

Meta-Analysis: Intensive BP Control Decreases Major CV Events and Stroke, but Not MI, ...

Jun 15, 2016 - Patients with hypertension who are treated intensively are less likely to have major cardiovascular events, stroke, or progression of albuminuria or retinopathy than those treated less intensively, but intensive lowering had no meaningful effect on myocardial infarctions, heart failure,...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0615/p1036.html

Chondroitin/Glucosamine Equal to Celecoxib for Knee Osteoarthritis - POEMs - American ...

Jun 15, 2016 - or patients with painful knee osteoarthritis, a high-dose combination of glucosamine hydrochloride (1,500 mg) and chondroitin (1,200 mg) was as effective in lessening pain and stiffness and improving function as celecoxib (200 mg). Other studies have not found benefit.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0615/p1032.html

Behavioral Interventions Reduce Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescribing for Acute ...

Jun 15, 2016 - Requiring clinicians to justify antibiotic prescribing in the permanent electronic health record and to undergo periodic peer comparisons of prescribing rates are effective interventions for reducing inappropriate antibiotic prescribing for acute respiratory tract infections. Helpful ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0615/p1037.html

Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention - American Family ...

Jun 1, 2016 - Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in the United States. One-third of these deaths may be preventable through healthy lifestyle choices including diet and physical activity. The Mediterranean diet is associated with reduced cardiovascular mortality, whereas the ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0601/p919.html

Improving Blood Pressure Control With Strategic Workflows -- FPM

Jun 1, 2016 - Setting a goal, identifying the right patients, and implementing team care can help bring hypertension under control.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2016/0500/p23.html

Does High Patient Satisfaction Mean High Quality of Care ? -- FPM

Jun 1, 2016 - Are they even related?

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2016/0500/p4.html

MACRA Is Coming; the AAFP Has Resources to Help

The AAFP recently launched a campaign to help family physicians prepare for the Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act (MACRA). AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights some key resources that will help you start the process ...

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/macra_is_coming_the_aafp.html

FPs Can Be Trusted Guides When the Dying Don't Specify Wishes

FPs Can Be Trusted Guides When the Dying Don't Specify Wishes

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/fps_can_be_trusted_guides.html

Top 20 Research Studies of 2015 for Primary Care Physicians - American Family Physician

May 1, 2016 - In 2015, a group of primary care clinicians with expertise in evidence-based practice performed monthly surveillance of more than 110 English-language clinical research journals. They identified 251 studies that addressed a primary care question and had the potential to change practice ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0501/p756.html

Introducing a One-Page Adult Preventive Health Care Schedule: USPSTF Recommendations at...

May 1, 2016 - The Adult Preventive Health Care Schedule provides a concise and informative visual representation of USPSTF recommendations.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0501/p738.html

Nonpharmaceutical Treatment of Anxiety in Institutionalized Older Adults - FPIN's Help ...

Apr 1, 2016 - Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) or relaxation training, alone or in combination, can be used to treat anxiety in older adults. Music therapy can also be used to reduce anxiety in older adults. Appropriate training of institutional caregivers is also helpful in reducing anxiety in older...

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0401/p592.html

Screening for High Blood Pressure in Adults - Putting Prevention into Practice - ...

Mar 15, 2016 - A 55-year-old black man presents for a blood pressure evaluation. He is trying to be more physically active and health conscious but has not seen a physician for five years. He takes no medications, has no concerns, and his physical examination findings are unremarkable. According to ...

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0315/p511.html

Systolic BP of 120 Instead of 140 in High-Risk Older Patients Without Diabetes Leads to...

Mar 15, 2016 - In this group of older patients (mean age = 68 years) who do not have diabetes but are at high risk of cardiovascular disease, a more aggressive systolic BP target of 120 mm Hg instead of 140 mm Hg led to benefits (lower all-cause mortality, lower cardiovascular mortality, less heart ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0315/p520a.html

Aortic Stenosis: Diagnosis and Treatment - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2016 - Aortic stenosis affects 3% of persons older than 65 years. Although survival in asymptomatic patients is comparable to that in age- and sex-matched control patients, it decreases rapidly after symptoms appear. During the asymptomatic latent period, left ventricular hypertrophy and ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0301/p371.html

In Patients with Type 2 Diabetes and CV Disease, Empagliflozin Reduces CV and All-Cause...

Mar 1, 2016 - In patients with established CV disease and type 2 diabetes, the addition of empagliflozin to standard therapy reduces all-cause mortality and CV mortality. This is notable because empagliflozin is the only drug other than metformin to demonstrate a mortality benefit, albeit for a ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0301/p410.html

Influenza Vaccination for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease - Cochrane for ...

Mar 1, 2016 - Influenza vaccination may reduce cardiovascular mortality in patients with established cardiovascular disease. The effect of vaccination is unclear among patients in the general population without known cardiovascular disease.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0301/p357.html

Screening for High Blood Pressure in Adults: Recommendation Statement - U.S. Preventive...

Feb 15, 2016 - The USPSTF recommends screening for high blood pressure in adults aged 18 years or older.

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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0215/p300.html

Conjugated Estrogens/Bazedoxifene (Duavee) for Menopausal Symptoms - STEPS - American ...

Feb 15, 2016 - Conjugated estrogens/bazedoxifene is effective for the treatment of menopausal symptoms and may be better tolerated than conjugated estrogens/medroxyprogesterone. It will maintain bone mineral density in the lumbar spine and hip, but its effect on fractures is not known. Cardiovascular ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0215/p307.html

Diagnostic Tool for Gout Without Need for Joint Fluid Aspiration - Letters to the ...

Feb 15, 2016 - ...following conditions: angina pectoris, cerebrovascular accident, heart failure, myocardial infarction, peripheral vascular disease, transient ischemic attack 1.5 Serum uric acid level > 5.88 mg per dL (350 μmol per L) 3.5 Total ____ (out of 13 possible points) note:...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0215/p256.html

Preventing CVD in Adults with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: An Update from the AHA and ADA ...

Feb 1, 2016 - The American Heart Association (AHA) and American Diabetes Association (ADA) joined together to release statements on preventing CVD in persons with diabetes.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0201/p232.html

Electronic Cigarettes for Smoking Cessation - Cochrane for Clinicians - American Family...

Feb 1, 2016 - Electronic cigarettes with nicotine increase smoking cessation rates compared with placebo, with effectiveness similar to that of nicotine patches. In addition, more patients using electronic cigarettes with nicotine were able to halve their use of cigarettes than those using placebo ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0201/p178.html

Doctor or Patient? Who Owns Medical Records?

Doctor or Patient? Who Owns Medical Records?

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/doctor_or_patient_who_owns.html

Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2016 - Elevated blood pressure in pregnancy may represent chronic hypertension (occurring before 20 weeks’ gestation or persisting longer than 12 weeks after delivery), gestational hypertension (occurring after 20 weeks’ gestation), preeclampsia, or preeclampsia superimposed on chronic ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0115/p121.html

Perioperative Bridging Anticoagulation Unhelpful for Invasive Procedures - POEMs - ...

Jan 15, 2016 - Bridging anticoagulation worsens outcomes for patients with atrial fibrillation who undergo an elective invasive procedure, resulting in more episodes of major bleeding and no difference in the rate of stroke or venous thromboembolism.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0115/p130.html

Management of Sickle Cell Disease: Recommendations from the 2014 Expert Panel Report - ...

Dec 15, 2015 - Family physicians are the primary and sometimes only health care resource for families affected by sickle cell disease. Recently published guidelines provide important recommendations for health maintenance, acute care, and monitoring of disease-modifying therapy in persons with this ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1215/p1069.html

Some Benefit to Treating Mild Hypertension to Prevent Stroke, CV Deaths, and Overall ...

Dec 1, 2015 - Treating mild hypertension over five years decreases the risk of stroke, cardiovascular (CV) death, and overall mortality in a small proportion of patients.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1201/p1020.html

Chlorthalidone vs. Hydrochlorothiazide for Treatment of Hypertension - FPIN's Help Desk...

Dec 1, 2015 - Chlorthalidone produces slightly greater reductions in blood pressure compared with hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ), but it is associated with greater declines in serum potassium levels. Chlorthalidone lowers the risk of cardiovascular events about 18% more than HCTZ at the same achieved ...

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1201/p1015.html

Petechiae in a Newborn - Photo Quiz - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 2015 - Five hours after birth, scattered petechiae developed over the trunk and extremities of a newborn.

American Family Physician : Photo Quiz

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1201/p1017.html

AHA/ACC/ASH Release Guideline on the Treatment of Hypertension and CAD - Practice ...

Dec 1, 2015 - The American Heart Association (AHA), American College of Cardiology (ACC), and American Society of Hypertension (ASH) have released a guideline on the management of hypertension in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). It updates a previous AHA guideline to reflect newer data.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1201/p1023.html

Adding Sitagliptin Does Not Reduce or Increase the Risk of Cardiovascular Outcomes - ...

Dec 1, 2015 - The glass half full is that sitagliptin does not increase the risk of cardiovascular events in patients with type 2 diabetes. The glass half empty is that it does not reduce the risk, either. And that is the important message: In patients with a mean glycated hemoglobin level of 7.2%, ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1201/p1020a.html

Unprovoked First Seizures in Adults: Management Recommendations from the AAN - Practice...

Nov 1, 2015 - This guideline from the Academy of Neurology (AAN) provides information on prognosis and management options for unprovoked first seizures in adults.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1101/p835.html

Pharmacogenetics: Using Genetic Information to Guide Drug Therapy - American Family ...

Oct 1, 2015 - Clinical pharmacogenetics, the use of genetic data to guide drug therapy decisions, is beginning to be used for medications commonly prescribed by family physicians. However, clinicians are largely unfamiliar with principles supporting clinical use of this type of data. For example, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1001/p588.html

A Family Physician Confronts Parkinson Disease - Close-ups - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2015 - Education about promising physical therapies and treatments that may be on the horizon can be a source of encouragement for physicians and patients alike when facing a diagnosis of Parkinson disease.

American Family Physician : Close-ups

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1001/p568.html

AAFP News - Oct 1, 2015 - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2015 - Selected policy and health issues news briefs from AAFP News.

American Family Physician : AAFP News: AFP Edition

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1001/p556.html

Real-World Study Finds Lower Mortality and Stroke Risk with Dabigatran, but More GI ...

Sep 15, 2015 - In this well-designed observational study, older patients given an initial prescription of dabigatran had lower all-cause mortality and fewer ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes, but a higher risk of gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding, than a matched group of patients given warfarin.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0915/p529.html

ECG, Echocardiography, or MPI for Cardiac Screening: Guidance from the ACP - Practice ...

Sep 15, 2015 - In the United States, one in three deaths is from cardiovascular disease; coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death. This guideline from the American College of Physicians (ACP) provides recommendations on cardiac screening using these modalities.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0915/p531.html

Behavioral Counseling to Promote a Healthful Diet and Physical Activity for ...

Sep 15, 2015 - J.W., a 34-year-old man who smokes, presents for his annual checkup for hypertension. Hisblood pressure is elevated (142/95 mm Hg), and he has gained 10 lb (4.5 kg) since his lastvisit. J.W. is now considered overweight, with a body mass index (BMI) of 27 kg per m2. He reports no other ...

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0915/p509.html

Spinal Stenosis: Physical Therapy Before Surgery - POEMs - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2015 - Assigning patients to six weeks of physical therapy is as effective as initially sending them for decompression surgery, with fewer complications, even in patients who have a strong preference for surgery. A trial of six weeks of physical therapy makes sense for many patients with ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0915/p528.html

Top 20 Research Studies of 2014 for Primary Care Physicians - American Family Physician

Sep 1, 2015 - A team of primary care clinicians with expertise in evidence-based medicine performed monthly surveillance of more than 110 English-language clinical research journals during 2014, and identified 255 studies that had the potential to change how family physicians practice. Each study was...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0901/p377.html

Bridging Anticoagulation in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation Associated with More ...

Sep 1, 2015 - This study provides more evidence that bridging in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation does not improve outcomes, and is actually associated with a higher risk of bleeding complications and cardiovascular events.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0901/p398.html

Diagnosis and Management of Osteoporosis - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2015 - Osteoporosis-related fractures affect approximately one in two white women and one in five white men in their lifetime. The impact of fractures includes loss of function, significant costs, and increased mortality. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends using dual energy ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0815/p261.html

Vorapaxar (Zontivity) for the Prevention of Thrombotic Cardiovascular Events - STEPS - ...

Aug 15, 2015 - Vorapaxar should be limited to select patients with a history of MI or peripheral arterial disease who desire additional treatment for the prevention of MI.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0815/p304.html

AAFP News - Aug 15, 2015 - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2015 - ...labels to clearly indicate that these medications increase the risk of cardiovascular thrombotic events, including myocardial infarction and stroke. All prescription NSAIDs currently include information about a potential increased risk of such events. The new warning strengthens the...

American Family Physician : AAFP News: AFP Edition

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0815/p250.html

How to Help Your Patients Choose Wisely -- FPM

Aug 1, 2015 - Steer patients away from inappropriate and overused procedures that can diminish health care.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2015/0700/p28.html

Differential Diagnosis of Polyarticular Arthritis - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2015 - Polyarticular arthritis is commonly encountered in clinical settings and has multiple etiologies. The first step is to distinguish between true articular pain and nonarticular or periarticular conditions by recognizing clinical patterns through the history and physical examination. Once...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0701/p35.html

CEA vs. Stenting: Mixed Results, Mostly Bad - POEMs - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2015 - These two randomized trials, one with short-term outcomes and the other with five-year outcomes, demonstrate that carotid artery stenting results in more frequent strokes (clinical and radiographically detected) than carotid endarterectomy (CEA). However, the rate of fatal and disabling...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0701/p52.html

Nicotine Replacement Therapy for Smoking Cessation - Medicine by the Numbers - American...

Jul 1, 2015 - Studies show that 1 in 15 patients successfully quit smoking and 1 in 94 patients experienced chest pain or palpitations. Want to know more?

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0701/od1.html

Patients with Initial Unprovoked DVT or PE Benefit from Long-Term Low-Dose Aspirin - ...

Jun 15, 2015 - Aspirin improves long-term cardiovascular and thrombotic outcomes in patients who have had an initial unprovoked episode of VTE. The risk of bleeding was no higher in the aspirin group, perhaps because those at risk of bleeding were uncovered during the initial period of anticoagulation.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0615/p872.html

New payment model seeks to reduce cardiovascular disease -- FPM

New payment model seeks to reduce cardiovascular disease

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/new_payment_model_seeks_to.html

Nonpharmacologic Management of Hypertension: What Works? - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2015 - Hypertension is one of the most common conditions encountered in primary care. Nonpharmacologic strategies have been shown to help lower blood pressure. Lifestyle modifications are recommended for all patients with hypertension. The American Heart Association/American College of ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0601/p772.html

Tight Glycemic Control for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (Over Five Years) - Medicine by the...

Jun 1, 2015 - Studies show that none were helped and 1 in 6 patients were harmed. See why.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0601/od2.html

Common Questions About Chronic Low Back Pain - American Family Physician

May 15, 2015 - More than 30% of U.S. adults report having experienced low back pain within the preceding three months. Although most low back pain is nonspecific and self-limiting, a subset of patients develop chronic low back pain, defined as persistent symptoms for longer than three months. Low back...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0515/p708.html

Screening for Asymptomatic Carotid Artery Stenosis: Recommendation Statement - U.S. ...

May 15, 2015 - The USPSTF recommends against screening for asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis in the general adult population.

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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0515/od1.html

Screening for Carotid Artery Stenosis - Putting Prevention into Practice - American ...

May 15, 2015 - N.C. is a 65-year-old woman who presents for her yearly checkup. She walks one to two miles daily, is in generally good health, has no significant cardiovascular history, and has no health concerns at today's visit.

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0515/p717.html

Diagnosis and Management of Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder in Adults -...

May 1, 2015 - Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and panic disorder (PD) are among the most common mental disorders in the United States, and they can negatively impact a patient’s quality of life and disrupt important activities of daily living. Evidence suggests that the rates of missed diagnoses ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0501/p617.html

Increased GI Bleeding After Switch from Warfarin to Dabigatran - POEMs - American ...

May 1, 2015 - The risk of bleeding increases (though remains small) when patients with atrial fibrillation are switched from warfarin to dabigatran to prevent stroke or transient ischemic attack. This study, conducted almost exclusively in male veterans, found an increase in gastrointestinal (GI) ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0501/p648.html

Provision of Contraception: Key Recommendations from the CDC - American Family Physician

May 1, 2015 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released comprehensive recommendations for provision of family planning services. Contraceptive services may be addressed in five steps, and counseling may be provided in a tiered approach, whereby the most effective options are ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0501/p625.html

Behavioral Counseling to Promote a Healthful Diet and Physical Activity for ...

May 1, 2015 - The USPSTF recommends offering or referring adults who are overweight or obese and have additional cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors to intensive behavioral counseling interventions to promote a healthful diet and physical activity for CVD prevention.

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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0501/od1.html

Birth Control: What You Should Know - American Family Physician

May 1, 2015 - ...if you smoke, talk with your doctor about birth control that has estrogen in it. These conditions may increase your risk of blood clots and stroke. Condoms are the only birth control method that decreases your risk of getting a sexually transmitted infection. Condoms can be used...

American Family Physician : Patient Handout

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0501/p625-s1.html

Diagnosis of Acute Stroke - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2015 - Stroke can be categorized as ischemic stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage, or subarachnoid hemorrhage. Awakening with or experiencing the abrupt onset of focal neurologic deficits is the hallmark of the diagnosis of ischemic stroke. The most common presenting symptoms of ischemic stroke ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0415/p528.html

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2015 - Abdominal aortic aneurysm refers to abdominal aortic dilation of 3.0 cm or greater. The main risk factors are age older than 65 years, male sex, and smoking history. Other risk factors include a family history of abdominal aortic aneurysm, coronary artery disease, hypertension, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0415/p538.html

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