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AHCA Won't Help Patients Who Need It Most

We asked our new physician bloggers how the American Health Care Act would affect their patients. Most said the legislation would hurt the poor, the elderly and the disabled.

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

At Home or Abroad, ALSO Training Improves Maternal Outcomes

The Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics program has helped improve maternal outcomes in other countries around the globe. Carl Olden, M.D., writes that now it's time to improve U.S. outcomes.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20171218lv-also.html

Balancing Act: There Is More to My Life Than Just Medicine

Balancing Act: There Is More to My Life Than Just Medicine

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

Beware Consequences of Delaying Primary Care in Pandemic

Although it may make sense to delay elective procedures during a pandemic, Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that primary care is essential.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200625fp-coviddelay.html

Bouncing Back From Burnout in Residency

When family medicine resident Michelle Byrne, M.D., M.P.H., experienced symptoms of burnout, she acted quickly to overcome it. Read more in this Leader Voices Blog post.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190820lv-residburnout.html

Caring for Patients With Addiction Problems Takes Practice

Caring for Patients With Addiction Problems Takes Practice

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

Clinical Case Managers Improve Chronic Care Outcomes

Clinical Case Managers Improve Chronic Care Outcomes

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

Drop in Number of FPs Who Deliver Babies May Create Rural Crisis

A projected shortage of obstetricians and a declining percentage of family physicians who provide maternity care could create a crisis for women in underserved areas.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20170815lv-ruralob.html

Exercise Is Medicine. Here's How I Get Patients Started

Ninety percent of Americans don't meet recommendations for physical activity. Alex Mroszczyk-McDonald, M.D., has seen the good that exercise can do, and in this Fresh Perspectives blog post he shares ways to get more patients off the couch.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180516fp-exercise.html

Family Physicians Can Help When Holidays Aren't Merry

Family Physicians Can Help When Holidays Aren't Merry

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

Fit Physicians Can Lead by Example

Fit Physicians Can Lead by Example

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

Food Security: Take a Lesson From Your Patients

Food Security: Take a Lesson From Your Patients

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

FPs Can Lead on Changes That Keep Patients Out of Hospitals

We know that social determinants of health can have immense effects on patients' health. In this Leader Voices Blog post, resident Michelle Byrne, M.D., M.P.H., asks family physicians to consider how they can address these factors.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190520lv-hospitalization.html

Free Clinics Need Our Help to Heal Patients, Communities

Leonard Reeves, M.D., shares a patient story that illustrates the powerful impact free clinics can have for those in dire need of help.

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

Frequently Asked Questions -- and Answers -- About Direct Primary Care

Frequently Asked Questions -- and Answers -- About Direct Primary Care

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

Getting Health Care Right, Even as We Change It

Getting Health Care Right, Even as We Change It

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

Global Health Offers Unparalleled Opportunity to Learn While Helping Patients

Global Health Offers Unparalleled Opportunity to Learn While Helping Patients

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

Great American Smokeout Offers Another Opportunity to Help Patients Quit

Great American Smokeout Offers Another Opportunity to Help Patients Quit

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

Group Visits: A Patient-Centered Approach to Improving Pregnancy Outcomes

Group Visits: A Patient-Centered Approach to Improving Pregnancy Outcomes

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

Here to Help: Launching Free Clinic Is Culmination of a Dream

Here to Help: Launching Free Clinic Is Culmination of a Dream

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

How Do We Talk About the Worst-case Scenario?

Against the backdrop of a pandemic, Allison Edwards, M.D., ponders the best way to broach the subject of end-of-life care with a relatively young patient panel in the Fresh Perspectives blog.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200520fp-endoflife.html

In Family Medicine, Sometimes the Hoofbeats Are Zebras

In Family Medicine, Sometimes the Hoofbeats Are Zebras

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

Lifestyle Medicine Is My Prescription for Better Health

Alex Mroszczyk-McDonald, M.D., is determined to convince his patients that a healthy diet, exercise and adequate rest are better than any medication he can prescribe.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191014fp-lifestylemed.html

Make It Easy: Convenient Communication Can Boost Patient Adherence

Make It Easy: Convenient Communication Can Boost Patient Adherence

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

Millennials Don't Have PCPs; Here's Why They Should

Nearly half of 18- to 29-year-olds say they don't have a primary care physician. Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., makes the case for why they should.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20181022fp-millennials.html

More Investment in Primary Care Would Help Mothers, Babies

Obstetric care recommendations implemented in 2012 lowered costs and improved outcomes in Washington, but Carl Olden, M.D., asks in this Leader Voices Blog post whether his home state can do better.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180411lv-obcare.html

My Message to Students: Why Family Medicine Matters

Marking the sixth anniversary of his graduation from residency, Kurt Bravata, M.D., reflects on what he wishes every first-year medical student knew about family medicine.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190619fpwhyfm.html

New Year Offers Opportunity to Help Patients Lose Weight

New Year Offers Opportunity to Help Patients Lose Weight

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

New Year, Same Issues. Why Does Health Care Cost So Much?

We asked our new physician bloggers what issues concern them for their practices and patients in 2018. The cost of care to patients tops the list.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180102fp-newyear.html

Our Maternal Mortality Rate Is Shameful

The United States is the only developed nation with a rapidly increasing maternal mortality rate. Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., examines what should be done about it.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190305fp-maternalmortality.html

Out of Control: What I Learned From 36 Hours in Labor

Physicians like to be in control in health care settings, but Beth Oller, M.D., says doctors -- like all patients -- relinquish much control when they are admitted to a hospital.

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

Over the Long Haul, Family Physicians Are Life Savers

Over the Long Haul, Family Physicians Are Life Savers

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

Pandemic Highlights the Need for Full-scope FPs

In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, family physician MaryAnn Dakkak, M.D., M.S.P.H., describes a day on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in a safety-net hospital.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200406fp-covidhospital.html

Patient Portals: Useful Resource But Expensive Mandate

Patient Portals: Useful Resource But Expensive Mandate

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

Patients Need Nutrition Facts From Their FP, Not Dr. Google

Patients Need Nutrition Facts From Their FP, Not Dr. Google

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

Physicians, Wellness Should Begin With Us

Venis Wilder, M.D., writes that when physicians neglect their own needs, their ability to care for others suffers, as well.

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

Prescribing for Opioid Addiction Is My Responsibility

Federal law requires physicians to pass an eight-hour course and apply for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine. Alan Schwartzstein, M.D., explains why he thinks it's a worthwhile investment.

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

President's Focus on Precision Medicine Could Be Catalyst for Change

President's Focus on Precision Medicine Could Be Catalyst for Change

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

Primary Care Needs a Raise -- All of Us

Family physicians and the rest of the primary care team deserve better compensation. Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., writes that investing more money in primary care would benefit not only physicians, but also their patients, staff and communities.

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

Put the Rx Pad Down: Why Meds Aren't the First Step to Weight Loss

Put the Rx Pad Down: Why Meds Aren't the First Step to Weight Loss

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

Racial Differences in Outcomes Demand Greater Vigilance

Black men are twice as likely as their white peers to die from a first heart attack. Ada Stewart, M.D., writes that enhanced education and prevention could change that.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20170717lv-heartattack.html

Reality Check: Residents Aren't Prepared to Deal With Patients' Financial, Coverage Limits

Reality Check: Residents Aren't Prepared to Deal With Patients' Financial, Coverage Limits

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

Rural or Urban FP, We Both Handle Gamut of Patient Issues

A rural family physician and her inner-city counterpart find that their scope of practice and the issues their patients face are more similar than they expected.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20171205fp-urbanrural.html

Skin in the Game: Shared Decision-making May Boost Patient Buy-in to Care Plan

Skin in the Game: Shared Decision-making May Boost Patient Buy-in to Care Plan

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

Small Investment, Big Payoff: Grants Offer Opportunity to Improve Community Health

Small Investment, Big Payoff: Grants Offer Opportunity to Improve Community Health

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

TBI_Guidelines_Recommendations.pdf

...Thresholds for treatment of intracranial hypertension • III1: Treatment of ICP that targets a threshold of less than 20 mm Hg is suggested. Thresholds for cerebral perfusion pressure (CPP) • III1: Treatment to maintain CPP at a minimum of 40 mm Hg is suggested. • III2: A CPP...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/news/TBI_Guidelines_Recommendations.pdf

The Folly of Judging Physicians Based on Patients' Foibles

The Folly of Judging Physicians Based on Patients' Foibles

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

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly … A Tale of Three Bills

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly … A Tale of Three Bills

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

Unemployment During Pandemic Amounts to a One-Two Punch

Kyle Leggott, M.D., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that the pandemic -- and the higher unemployment rates it has caused -- has exposed the precarious nature of employer-sponsored health insurance.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200708fp-esi.html

Want to Solve Problems in Public Health? Here's How

Family physician Stewart Decker, M.D., is getting his master's degree in public health and wants you to come along for the ride. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, he shares what he's learned so far.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180316fp-mph1.html

What If Everyone Had a Family Physician?

Securing funding for vital primary care programs is a start, but Leonard Reeves, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that the fight continues for the kind of physician workforce our country needs.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180501lv-whatif.html

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