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Improving Quality by Doing Less: Overdiagnosis - Editorials - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2015 - The second in a series of AFP editorials that addresses the related issues of over-screening, overdiagnosis, and overtreatment. Overdiagnosis occurs when a disease is diagnosed and treated, even though that disease never would have harmed the patient if left untreated.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0201/p162.html

Diagnosing Secondary Hypertension - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2003 - Secondary hypertension is elevated blood pressure that results from an underlying, identifiable, often correctable cause. Only about 5 to 10 percent of hypertension cases are thought to result from secondary causes. The ABCDE mnemonic can be used to help determine a secondary cause of ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0101/p67.html

Screening for Glaucoma: Recommendation Statement - U.S. Preventive Services Task Force ...

Oct 15, 2014 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) in adults.

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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/1015/od1.html

Ultrasonography Is Best Initial Imaging for Suspected Kidney Stones - POEMs - American ...

Jan 15, 2015 - Initial point-of-care or radiology department ultrasonography is a safe and accurate approach to the patient with clinically suspected kidney stones, which helps reduce radiation exposure. Although computed tomography (CT) remains the most accurate test overall, a strategy beginning ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0115/p132a.html

Screening and Surveillance for Colorectal Cancer: Avoiding the Pitfalls of ...

Jan 15, 2015 - Although much has been written about the need to encourage colonoscopy in underscreened populations, overscreening for colorectal cancer is now recognized as a problem that can lead to harm.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0115/p82.html

Improving Quality by Doing Less: Overscreening - Editorials - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2015 - This editorial is the first in a series of three that addresses the related issues of over-screening, overdiagnosis, and overtreatment. Overscreening often leads to overdiagnosis and overtreatment.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0101/p22.html

Risk Assessment, Genetic Counseling, and Genetic Testing for BRCA-Related Cancer in ...

Jan 15, 2015 - L.M. is a 37-year-old nonsmoking woman who is not taking any medications and has no significant past medical problems. Three of her female relatives have a history of breast cancer: her mother (diagnosed at 49 years of age, before menopause), her paternal grandmother (diagnosed at 72 ...

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0115/p119.html

The Newborn Examination: Part I. Emergencies and Common Abnormalities Involving the ...

Jan 1, 2002 - The routine newborn assessment should include an examination for size, macrocephaly or microcephaly, changes in skin color, signs of birth trauma, malformations, evidence of respiratory distress, level of arousal, posture, tone, presence of spontaneous movements, and symmetry of ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0101/p61.html

Getting Medicine Right: Overcoming the Problem of Overscreening, Overdiagnosis, and ...

Jan 1, 2015 - Introduction to AFP’s series of editorials on overscreening, overdiagnosis, and over-treatment, providing practical guidance on reducing unnecessary medical practices.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0101/p18.html

Self-Administered GBS Testing in Pregnant Women - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - American ...

Nov 15, 2014 - There is no difference in the sensitivity of swabs for detecting GBS when collected by patients vs. physicians; therefore, either method can be used. Patients do not express a consistent preference for self-collection of samples vs. collection by a physician.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/1115/p729.html

Peripheral Artery Disease Screening and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment With the...

Dec 15, 2014 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for peripheral artery disease (PAD) and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk assessment with the ankle-brachial index (ABI) in adults.

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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/1215/od1.html

Peripheral Artery Disease Screening and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment with the...

Dec 15, 2014 - J.P. is a 40-year-old man with a 15 pack-year smoking history. His father has type 2 diabetes mellitus. J.P.'s vital signs, weight, and lipid levels are within normal limits. At his office visit, he brings an advertisement for a health fair with information on screening for peripheral ...

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/1215/p859.html

How Should We Manage Incidentalomas? - Editorials - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 2014 - The patient-centered medical home model advocates that diagnostic testing be performed based on shared decision making between the patient and physician. This goal can be challenging when findings are uncertain or incidental to the original reason for ordering the test. For this reason,...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/1201/p758.html

Accuracy of Fecal DNA and Fecal Immunochemical Test for Colorectal Cancer Detection - ...

Sep 1, 2014 - Fecal DNA testing is more sensitive but less specific than fecal immunochemical testing (FIT), and as a result, has a higher false-positive rate. It is also more expensive than other noninvasive alternatives such as FIT. We do not know which test will be better at reducing mortality.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0901/p326a.html

USPSTF Recommendations for Hepatitis B Screening - POEMs - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 2014 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends hepatitis B virus screening for human immunodeficiency virus–positive persons, users of illicit injection drugs, men who have sex with men, household contacts or sex partners of infected persons, and persons born in countries ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/1201/p795.html

Dipstick Urinalysis for the Diagnosis of Acute UTI - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - ...

May 15, 2013 - Approximately two-thirds of women who present with classic symptoms of acute UTI have bacterial infection of the bladder. Dipstick urinalysis moderately improves the accuracy of clinical symptoms in establishing or excluding acute UTI in women.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0515/od2.html

Screening for Glaucoma - Putting Prevention into Practice - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2014 - A 55-year-old black woman presents to your office for a routine well-woman examination. Her medical history is significant for hypertension, which is well controlled with medication. She mentions that her mother was diagnosed with glaucoma a few years ago and is currently undergoing ...

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/1015/p569.html

Screening for Chronic Kidney Disease: Recommendation Statement - U.S. Preventive ...

Feb 15, 2014 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) concludes that the evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of routine screening for chronic kidney disease (CKD) in asymptomatic adults.

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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0215/od1.html

Screening for Lung Cancer: Recommendation Statement - U.S. Preventive Services Task ...

Jul 15, 2014 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends annual screening for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography (CT) in adults 55 to 80 years of age who have a 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or quit within the past 15 years.

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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0715/od1.html

Testicular Masses - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 1998 - Family physicians often must evaluate patients with testicular pain or masses. The incidental finding of a scrotal mass may also require evaluation. Patients may seek evaluation of a scrotal mass as an incidental finding. An accurate history combined with a complete examination of the ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/0215/p685.html

Screening for Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Adults: Recommendation Statement - U.S. ...

Sep 15, 2014 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in persons at high risk of infection. The USPSTF also recommends offering one-time screening for HCV infection to adults born between 1945 and 1965.

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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0915/od1.html

Screening for Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Adults - Putting Prevention into Practice ...

Sep 15, 2014 - T.S. is a 59-year-old white man born in 1955. He presents as a new patient to request a refill of his cholesterol medication. He has an unremarkable medical history. When you inquire about his social history, he reports that he has been married for 30 years, drinks a moderate amount of ...

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0915/p405.html

Thyroid Nodules - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2003 - Palpable thyroid nodules occur in 4 to 7 percent of the population, but nodules found incidentally on ultrasonography suggest a prevalence of 19 to 67 percent. The majority of thyroid nodules are asymptomatic. Because about 5 percent of all palpable nodules are found to be malignant, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0201/p559.html

Updated AAP Guidelines on Newborn Screening and Therapy for Congenital Hypothyroidism -...

Aug 1, 2007 - Guidelines on newborn screening and therapy for congenital hypothyroidism have been released by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Congenital hypothyroidism can cause mental retardation unless thyroid therapy is initiated within two weeks of birth.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0801/p439.html

Diagnosis of Eating Disorders in Primary Care - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2003 - Eating disorders, particularly anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, are significant causes of morbidity and mortality among adolescent females and young women. Eating disorders are associated with devastating medical and psychologic consequences, including death, osteoporosis, growth ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0115/p297.html

DVT and Pulmonary Embolism: Part I. Diagnosis - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2004 - The incidence of venous thromboembolic diseases is increasing as the U.S. population ages. At least one established risk factor is present in approximately 75 percent of patients who develop these diseases. Hospitalized patients and nursing home residents account for one half of all ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0615/p2829.html

Immunochemical FOBTs Moderately Sensitive and Highly Specific for Colorectal Cancer - ...

Aug 15, 2014 - Immunochemical FOBTs, such as OC-Micro, OC-Sensor, or OC-Light, are moderately sensitive (73% to 89%) and highly specific (92% to 95%) for identifying colorectal cancer. In comparison, Hemoccult Sensa has a lower sensitivity (64% to 80%) and specificity (87% to 90%). Immunochemical ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0815/od4.html

Screening for Lipid Disorders in Adults: Recommendation Statement - U.S. Preventive ...

Dec 1, 2009 - Screening men: The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) strongly recommends screening men 35 years and older for lipid disorders.

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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/1201/p1273.html

Efficient Identification of Adults with Depression and Dementia - American Family ...

Sep 15, 2004 - Family physicians must decide how to screen for depression or dementia and which patients to screen. Mental health questionnaires can be helpful. In practice-based screening, questionnaires are administered to all patients, regardless of risk status. In case-finding screening, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0915/p1101.html

Should Family Physicians Routinely Screen for Lung Cancer in High-Risk Populations? No:...

Jul 15, 2014 - There is still considerable uncertainty about the true magnitude of benefit from annual lung cancer screening, as well as the financial and psychological costs; therefore, the scope of the recommendation should be limited to one of individualized, shared decision making.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0715/od3.html

One in Five Patients Overdiagnosed with Lung Cancer Screening - POEMs - American Family...

Jul 15, 2014 - In patients screened for lung cancer using low-dose computed tomography (LDCT), more than 18% of all lung cancers found are slow-growing and will not cause symptoms or harm during an average 6.4 years of follow-up. This risk of overdiagnosis should be part of the discussion regarding ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0715/p112.html

Diagnosing Pericarditis - American Family Physician

Nov 1, 2002 - Pericarditis, or inflammation of the pericardium, is most often caused by viral infection. It can also develop as a result of bacterial or other infection, autoimmune disease, renal failure, injury to the mediastinal area, and the effects of certain drugs (notably hydralazine and ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/1101/p1695.html

Common Anorectal Conditions: Part I. Symptoms and Complaints - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2001 - Anorectal symptoms and complaints are common and may be caused by a wide spectrum of conditions. Although most conditions are benign and may be successfully treated by primary care practitioners, a high index of suspicion for colorectal cancer should be maintained, and all patients ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/0615/p2391.html

Asthma Update: Part I. Diagnosis, Monitoring, and Prevention of Disease Progression - ...

Sep 1, 2004 - Despite increased scientific knowledge about asthma and improved therapeutic options, the disease continues to cause significant morbidity and mortality. The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Expert Panel has updated its clinical guidelines on asthma medications, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0901/p893.html

Should Family Physicians Routinely Screen for Lung Cancer in High-Risk Populations? ...

Jul 15, 2014 - When offered to the appropriate population in the appropriate context, CT-based lung cancer screening will reduce the number of deaths caused by this difficult disease.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0715/od2.html

Screening for Lung Cancer - Putting Prevention into Practice - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2014 - M.B., a woman with diabetes mellitus, presents to your office for an annual well visit. M.B. reports having smoked one and a half packs of cigarettes daily for 20 years. Her neighbor was recently diagnosed with lung cancer, and M.B. requests to be tested for lung cancer, too.

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0715/p117.html

Screening and Behavioral Counseling Interventions in Primary Care to Reduce Alcohol ...

Jun 15, 2014 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that clinicians screen adults 18 years or older for alcohol misuse and provide persons engaged in risky or hazardous drinking with brief behavioral counseling interventions to reduce alcohol misuse.

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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0615/od1.html

Tremor - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2003 - Tremor, a rhythmic, involuntary, oscillatory movement of body parts, is the most common movement disorder. Tremors are classified as rest or action tremors. Rest tremor occurs when the affected body part is completely supported against gravity. Action tremors are produced by voluntary ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/1015/p1545.html

Screening and Behavioral Counseling Interventions in Primary Care to Reduce Alcohol ...

Jun 15, 2014 - A 22-year-old man presents for a routine physical examination. While you are taking his history, he states that he goes out drinking every weekend with his friends.

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0615/p971.html

HPV Screening Every Five Years Equal to Pap Smear Every Three Years - POEMs - American ...

Jun 1, 2014 - A single HPV test provides the same degree of protection over five years as a Papanicolaou (Pap) smear does for three years. We may soon see a recommendation for HPV testing as a stand-alone screen, with cytology reserved for women who have an HPV-positive result. We may also be able to...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0601/p907a.html

Evaluation and Differential Diagnosis of Dyspareunia - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2001 - Dyspareunia is genital pain associated with sexual intercourse. Although this condition has historically been defined by psychologic theories, the current treatment approach favors an integrated pain model. Identification of the initiating and promulgating factors is essential to ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/0415/p1535.html

Hand and Wrist Injuries: Part II. Emergent Evaluation - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2004 - Primary care physicians must be able to recognize wrist and hand injuries that require immediate attention. A complete history and physical examination, including assessment of distal limb function, are essential. Hemorrhage control is necessary in patients with vessel lacerations and ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0415/p1949.html

Should Family Physicians Routinely Screen Patients for Cognitive Impairment? Yes: ...

Jun 1, 2014 - Being able to anticipate and mitigate the potentially adverse outcomes of hospitalization in these patients should be reason enough to screen for cognitive impairment in the primary care setting.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0601/p861.html

AAP Releases Report on the Evaluation of Children When Sexual Abuse Is Suspected - ...

May 15, 2014 - Childhood sexual abuse is common and can lead to lifelong physical and psychological problems. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released a report to assist physicians in evaluating children who may have been sexually abused, determining when to report the case, and ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0515/p830.html

Screening for HIV - Putting Prevention into Practice - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2014 - A 19-year-old woman presents to the university health clinic for a well-woman examination. She reports no problems and mentions that she is sexually active with one male partner, who usually uses condoms. She has never been screened for a sexually transmitted infection.

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0415/p665.html

Should Family Physicians Routinely Screen Patients for Cognitive Impairment? No: ...

Jun 1, 2014 - Dementia screening should not be exempt from the requirement that it first be shown to improve outcomes before being implemented in practice.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0601/p864.html

Breast Cyst Aspiration - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2003 - The breast mass is a clinical problem commonly encountered by family physicians. Fine-needle and core biopsy techniques require training and cytopathologist support. In contrast, breast cyst aspiration using a 21- or 22-gauge needle is a simple, cost-effective, minimally invasive ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/1115/p1983.html

Diagnosis of Stable Ischemic Heart Disease: Recommendations from the ACP - Practice ...

Oct 1, 2013 - The American College of Physicians (ACP), in collaboration with the American College of Cardiology Foundation, American Heart Association, American Association for Thoracic Surgery, Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association, and Society of Thoracic Surgeons, has developed a guideline...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/1001/p469.html

Apolipoproteins for Cardiovascular Risk Assessment - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - ...

Apr 15, 2014 - Measurement of apolipoprotein B and apolipoprotein A-I is no better than traditional lipid measurements and should not be used to predict cardiovascular risk.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0415/od2.html

Screening for HIV: Recommendation Statement - U.S. Preventive Services Task Force - ...

Apr 15, 2014 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that clinicians screen for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in adolescents and adults 15 to 65 years of age. Younger adolescents and older adults who are at increased risk should also be screened.

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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0415/od1.html

Acute Otitis Media: Part 1. Improving Diagnostic Accuracy - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2000 - Acute otitis media is overdiagnosed. Symptoms are neither sensitive nor specific for the diagnosis of otitis media; fever and ear pain are present in only one half of patients. Undue reliance on one feature--redness of the tympanic membrane--and failure to assess tympanic membrane ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0401/p2051.html

Screening for Osteoporosis: Recommendation Statement - U.S. Preventive Services Task ...

May 15, 2011 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening for osteoporosis in women 65 years or older and in younger women whose fracture risk is equal to or greater than that of a 65-year-old white woman with no additional risk factors.

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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0515/p1197.html

No Increased Survival Benefit to Intensive Follow-Up After Colorectal Cancer Surgery - ...

May 1, 2014 - Compared with minimal follow-up after surgery for colorectal cancer, intensive follow-up with regular computed tomography (CT), carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) testing, or both results in more patients undergoing repeat surgery but no reduction in overall mortality or disease-specific ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0501/p752.html

AAFP Recommends Universal Screening for HIV Infection Beginning at 18 Years of Age - ...

Apr 15, 2014 - The AAFP recommends delaying the start of routine HIV screening until 18 years of age, and screening all patients 18 to 65 years of age. The AAFP notes that screening younger patients may still be beneficial based on high-risk behaviors.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0415/p614.html

AHA Releases Recommendation on Ankle-Brachial Index Measurement and Interpretation - ...

Dec 15, 2013 - The ankle-brachial index (ABI) is the ratio of the systolic blood pressure at the ankle to the systolic blood pressure at the brachial artery. The American Heart Association (AHA) released a scientific statement on the measurement and interpretation of ABI, including standardization of ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/1215/p866.html

Health Care Screening for Men Who Have Sex with Men - American Family Physician

May 1, 2004 - Men who have sex with men often do not reveal their sexual practices or sexual orientation to their physician. Lack of disclosure from the patient, discomfort or inadequate training of the physician, perceived or real hostility from medical staff, and insufficient screening guidelines ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0501/p2149.html

ACOG Releases Guidelines on Cervical Cancer Screening - Practice Guidelines - American ...

Dec 1, 2013 - The incidence of cervical cancer, as well as mortality rates from the disease, has decreased over the past 30 years because of widespread screening with cervical cytology. Screening technologies and risk-benefit considerations for different age groups continue to evolve. The American ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/1201/p776.html

Evaluation of Overuse Elbow Injuries - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2000 - The evaluation of elbow pain can be challenging because of the complexity of the joint and its central location in the upper extremity. Diagnosing the injury correctly requires an understanding of the anatomy of the elbow, which includes three articulations, two ligament complexes, four...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0201/p691.html

AUA Releases Guideline on Early Detection of Prostate Cancer - Practice Guidelines - ...

Jan 15, 2014 - In April 2013, the American Urological Association (AUA) released a guideline on early detection of prostate cancer, namely to reduce prostate cancer mortality.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0115/p137.html

Screening for Chronic Kidney Disease - Putting Prevention into Practice - American ...

Feb 15, 2014 - A 55-year-old woman with no history of diabetes mellitus or hypertension asks to be screened for chronic kidney disease (CKD). Her 88-year-old mother has end-stage renal disease and is currently undergoing renal dialysis. The patient says she wants to take all necessary precautions to ...

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0215/p293.html

Taking a Nutrition History: A Practical Approach for Family Physicians - American ...

Mar 15, 1999 - The association between nutrition and health has been clearly documented. Primary care physicians are expected to address nutrition and dietary behavior issues with their patients in the context of a brief clinical encounter. This article proposes the use of a short interview form, with...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0315/p1521.html

Screening for Coronary Heart Disease with Electrocardiography: Recommendation Statement...

Jan 15, 2014 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends against screening with resting or exercise electrocardiography (ECG) for the prediction of coronary heart disease (CHD) events in asymptomatic adults at low risk of CHD events.

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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0115/od1.html

Screening Echocardiography Not Beneficial - POEMs - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2014 - Population-based screening for heart disease or valve disease with echocardiography will identify cardiac pathology in patients but does not decrease mortality, myocardial infarction risk, or stroke risk.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0201/p224.html

The Impact of Personalized Risk Communication on Screening Decisions - Cochrane for ...

Feb 1, 2014 - Patients presented with personalized risk information are more likely to make informed decisions about screening than patients who are presented with generic risk information. Individualizing risk appears to improve the accuracy of patients' risk perception and decrease anxiety.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0201/p175.html

ACP Publishes Recommendations on Upper Endoscopy for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease - ...

Dec 15, 2013 - Data suggest that upper endoscopy in patients with symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is useful only in certain situations. To help physicians avoid the overuse of interventions that have little effect on health outcomes, the American College of Physicians (ACP) recently...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/1215/p865.html

Evaluation of the Patient with Chronic Cough - American Family Physician

May 1, 2004 - Patients with chronic cough should avoid exposure to irritants that can trigger cough, and those who smoke should stop smoking. Patients who develop chronic cough in association with angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor therapy should be switched to an agent from another drug class. ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0501/p2159.html

Pediatric Vision Screening for the Family Physician - American Family Physician

Sep 1, 1998 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Sep 1, 1998 Issue Pediatric Vision Screening for the Family Physician PETER BRODERICK, M.D., Stanislaus County Family Practice Residency, Modesto, California Am Fam Physician. 1998 Sep 1;58(3):691-700. See related patient information...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/0901/p691.html

Screening for Coronary Heart Disease with Electrocardiography - Putting Prevention into...

Jan 15, 2014 - A 60-year-old man presents to your office for routine follow-up and medication refills for hyperlipidemia and hypertension. His blood pressure is 130/80 mm Hg, and his fasting lipid panel reveals a total cholesterol level of 220 mg per dL and a high-density lipoprotein cholesterol level...

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0115/p79.html

Two Views on the New DSM-5: DSM-5: A Diagnostic Guide Relevant to Both Primary Care and...

Oct 15, 2013 - We are optimistic that by having welcomed an extensive review process and taken active steps to make DSM-5 more applicable to all of medicine, we have generated an approach that signifies a much improved future for the diagnosis and classification of mental disorders.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/1015/od2.html

ACS Releases Guideline on Screening for Lung Cancer with Low-Dose Computed Tomography -...

Jan 1, 2014 - In late 2010, results from the National Lung Screening Trial showed that lung cancer mortality was significantly reduced in high-risk adults who received annual screenings using low-dose computed tomography (CT). After these results were announced, the American Cancer Society (ACS) ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0101/p56.html

A Simple Cough Algorithm for Children with Chronic Cough - POEMs - American Family ...

Nov 15, 2013 - In children with chronic cough, a simple approach of ruling out specific indicators of cause, followed by treating a wet cough with antibiotics, results in a significant decrease in the duration of cough. Some of the causes of chronic cough were reactive airway disease, bronchiectasis, ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/1115/od1.html

Two Views on the DSM-5: The Need for Caution in Diagnosing and Treating Mental ...

Oct 15, 2013 - Primary care physicians should not blindly follow DSM-5's lead toward looser psychiatric diagnoses and should exercise much greater caution in the prescription of psychotropic drugs.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/1015/od1.html

Repeat BMD Testing: Little, If Any, Value in Older Men and Women - POEMs - American ...

Dec 15, 2013 - This study found little, if any, additional benefit to repeat BMD screening at four years beyond baseline BMD testing in older men and women. A recent similar study (Gourlay ML, Fine JP, Preisser JS, et al. N Engl J Med. 2012;366(3):225–233) recommended a baseline examination at 65 ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/1215/p864.html

Recognizing Spinal Cord Emergencies - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2001 - Physicians who work in primary care settings and emergency departments frequently evaluate patients with neck and back pain. Spinal cord emergencies are uncommon, but injury must be recognized early so that the diagnosis can be quickly confirmed and treatment can be instituted to ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/0815/p631.html

Routine Stress Testing After Negative Biomarker Testing Is Seldom Helpful - POEMs - ...

Nov 15, 2013 - Fewer than 1% of patients who undergo routine provocative cardiac testing after having two sets of negative serum troponin results following an episode of acute chest pain are identified as having potential benefit from revascularization (American Heart Association [AHA] class I or ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/1115/od2.html

The Woman with Dysuria - American Family Physician

May 1, 1998 - Bacterial cystitis is the most common bacterial infection occurring in women. Thirty percent of women will experience at least one episode of cystitis during their lifetime. About one third of patients presenting with symptoms of cystitis have upper urinary tract infection. A careful ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/0501/p2155.html

General Health Checks for Reducing Morbidity and Mortality - Cochrane for Clinicians - ...

Oct 1, 2013 - Although general health checks increase the number of new diagnoses, they do not decrease total, cardiovascular-related, or cancer-related morbidity or mortality. The studies in this Cochrane review have limited applicability to the current recommended practice of providing selective, ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/1001/p432.html

The 2001 Bethesda System Terminology - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2003 - The 2001 Bethesda System for reporting cervical or vaginal cytologic diagnoses is an incremental change in the uniform terminology introduced in 1988 and revised in 1991. The 2001 Bethesda System includes specific statements about specimen adequacy, general categorization, and ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/1115/p1992.html

Fever in the Returned Traveler - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2003 - With the rising popularity of international travel to exotic locations, family physicians are encountering more febrile patients who recently have visited tropical countries. In the majority of cases, the fever is caused by a common illness such as tracheobronchitis, pneumonia, or ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/1001/p1343.html

Pulmonary Embolism Rule-Out Criteria: A Clinical Decision Rule That Works - AFP Journal...

Jul 15, 2013 - A number of clinical decision rules have been released recently. The PERC rule is an example of one that works well because it was derived from a large number of patients, and it was internally and externally validated.

American Family Physician : AFP Journal Club

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0715/p98.html

Screening for Hearing Loss in Older Adults: Recommendation Statement - U.S. Preventive ...

Jan 15, 2013 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for hearing loss in asymptomatic adults 50 years or older.

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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0115/od1.html

Imaging of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2002 - Given the high rate of morbidity and mortality associated with abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs), accurate diagnosis and preoperative evaluation are essential for improved patient outcomes. Ultrasonography is the standard method of screening and monitoring AAAs that have not ruptured. ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0415/p1565.html

CDC Issues Recommendations for Identifying HCV Infection in Persons Born in 1945 ...

Jul 1, 2013 - Identifying HCV infection through testing is important to improve health outcomes in persons born in 1945 through 1965, because of increased risk of liver cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma, and extrahepatic complications. The HCV Birth Cohort Testing Work Group, including experts from...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0701/p62.html

Evaluation of Physical Abuse in Children - American Family Physician

May 15, 2000 - Family physicians who are involved in the care of children are likely to encounter child abuse and should be able to recognize its common presentations. A history that is inconsistent with the patient's injuries is the hallmark of physical abuse. A pattern of physical findings, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0515/p3057.html

Screening for Ovarian Cancer: Reaffirmation Recommendation Statement - U.S. Preventive ...

May 15, 2013 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends against screening for ovarian cancer in women.

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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0515/od1.html

Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Hoarseness - Practice Guidelines - ...

May 15, 2010 - The American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Foundation has released evidence-based guidelines for the evaluation and management of hoarseness. The goals of the guidelines are to improve diagnostic accuracy; reduce inappropriate medication and imaging use; and promote ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0515/p1292.html

Screening for Ovarian Cancer - Putting Prevention into Practice - American Family ...

May 15, 2013 - Case study: A 55-year-old woman presents for a routine well-woman examination. She states that she is worried about ovarian cancer because one of her friends was recently diagnosed. She has no family history of breast, ovarian, or colon cancer.

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0515/p709.html

Screening for Depression Across the Lifespan: A Review of Measures for Use in Primary ...

Sep 15, 2002 - Depression is a common psychiatric disorder in children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly. Primary care physicians, not mental health professionals, treat the majority of patients with symptoms of depression. Persons who are depressed have feelings of sadness, loneliness, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0915/p1001.html

Evaluation of Elevated Serum Transaminase Levels - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - American...

Oct 15, 2012 - The evaluation of patients with elevated transaminase levels should be individualized based on the presence of symptoms or physical examination findings that suggest serious disease or hepatic decompensation.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1015/od4.html

AAO-HNS Releases Guideline on Sudden Hearing Loss - Practice Guidelines - American ...

Mar 1, 2013 - This guideline from the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) focuses on sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL), which affects 5 to 20 per 100,000 persons in the United States. Early diagnosis is essential for effective management.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0301/p377.html

Evaluation of Clumsiness in Children - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2002 - Parents and physicians often dismiss seemingly minor motor difficulties in children. Approximately 6 percent of school-aged children have coordination problems serious enough to interfere with academic performance and social integration. These problems often arise during the early ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/1015/p1435.html

Should Family Physicians Screen for Vitamin D Deficiency? Yes: Targeted Screening in ...

Apr 15, 2013 - Although it is not time for general population-based screening for vitamin D deficiency, we should focus on screening populations at risk of or who have osteoporosis.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0415/od1.html

Screening for Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse of Elderly and Vulnerable Adults - ...

Apr 15, 2013 - Case Study: A 22-year-old primigravid woman at 20 weeks' gestation presents to your office with her boyfriend for a routine obstetric examination. She has had an uneventful pregnancy. She states that things are okay at home, even though she was laid off from her job just before finding ...

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0415/p577.html

Should Family Physicians Screen for Vitamin D Deficiency? No: Screening Is Unnecessary,...

Apr 15, 2013 - The evidence remains incomplete, but there are numerous problems with regularly measuring serum vitamin D levels to assess for deficiency.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0415/od2.html

Screening for Hepatocellular Carcinoma in Patients with Hepatitis C Virus Infection - ...

Mar 15, 2013 - There is no evidence that it is beneficial to screen for hepatocellular carcinoma in symptomatic patients with HCV.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0315/od2.html

Screening for Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse of Elderly and Vulnerable Adults: ...

Apr 15, 2013 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that clinicians screen women of childbearing age for intimate partner violence (IPV), such as domestic violence, and provide or refer women who screen positive to intervention services.

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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0415/od3.html

Clinical Utility of Common Serum Rheumatologic Tests - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2002 - Serum rheumatologic tests are generally most useful for confirming a clinically suspected diagnosis. Testing for rheumatoid factor is appropriate when rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren's syndrome or cryoglobulinemia is suspected. Antinuclear antibody testing is highly sensitive for ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0315/p1073.html

Screening for and Management of Obesity in Adults: Recommendation Statement - U.S. ...

Nov 15, 2012 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening all adults for obesity. Clinicians should offer or refer patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 kg per m2 or higher to intensive, multicomponent behavioral interventions.

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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1115/od3.html

Does Screening Mammography Lead to Overdiagnosis of Invasive Breast Cancer? - AFP ...

Mar 15, 2013 - Implementation of a universal mammographic screening program leads to an increase in the diagnosis of invasive breast cancer, because of improved detection of clinically significant cancer and overdiagnosis.

American Family Physician : AFP Journal Club

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0315/p408.html

Breast Masses in Adolescents: Clinical Pearls in the Diagnostic Evaluation - Editorials...

Aug 15, 2012 - The diagnostic evaluation of an adolescent presenting with a breast mass differs substantially from that of an adult because of marked differences in breast cancer risk and breast architecture. In the adolescent, early clinical assessment and close follow-up are most important, and ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0815/p325.html

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