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Screening Mammography: The Goal Is Changing - Editorials - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2013 - Screening mammography is one of an increasing number of clinical issues that will require rethinking the clinical mission and restructuring clinical practice to help patients make informed choices.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0215/p246.html

Recognition of Alcohol and Substance Abuse - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2003 - Ten percent of the population abuses drugs or alcohol, and 20 percent of patients seen by family physicians have substance-abuse problems, excluding tobacco use. These patients can be identified by relying on regular screening or a high index of suspicion based on

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0401/p1529.html

Evaluating the Child with Purpura - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2001 - Purpura is the result of hemorrhage into the skin or mucosal membrane. It may represent a relatively benign condition or herald the presence of a serious underlying disorder. Purpura may be secondary to thrombocytopenia, platelet dysfunction, coagulation factor deficiency or vascular ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/0801/p419.html

Screening for Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 1999 - Screening programs relying primarily on physical examination techniques for the early detection and treatment of congenital hip abnormalities have not been as consistently successful as expected. Since the 1980s, increased attention has been given to ultrasound imaging of the hip in ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0701/p177.html

Diagnostic Evaluation of Erectile Dysfunction - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2000 - Erectile dysfunction, the persistent inability to attain or maintain penile erection sufficient for sexual intercourse, affects millions of men to various degrees. The majority of cases have an organic etiology, most commonly vascular disease that decreases blood flow into the penis. ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0101/p95.html

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

Feb 15, 2013 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends against prostate-specific antigen (PSA)-based screening for prostate cancer.

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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0215/od1.html

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force - Feb 15, 2013 - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2013 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends against prostate-specific antigen (PSA)-based screening for prostate cancer.

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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0215/p283.html

Asymptomatic Microscopic Hematuria in Adults: Summary of the AUA Best Practice Policy ...

Mar 15, 2001 - The American Urological Association (AUA) convened the Best Practice Policy Panel on Asymptomatic Microscopic Hematuria to formulate policy statements and recommendations for the evaluation of asymptomatic microhematuria in adults. The recommended definition of microscopic hematuria is ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/0315/p1145.html

Screening for Hearing Loss in Older Adults - Putting Prevention into Practice - ...

Jan 15, 2013 - Case study: A 75-year-old woman presents to your office for a routine well-woman examination. She mentions that her friend was recently diagnosed with hearing loss and fitted for a hearing aid. She has no perceived hearing loss, but she wonders whether she needs a hearing aid.

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0115/p129.html

The Annual Pelvic Examination: Preventive Time Not Well Spent - Editorials - American ...

Jan 1, 2013 - Given the lack of evidence to support annual pelvic examinations, it would be better for patients if we spend that time addressing screening, counseling, and other preventive services for which strong evidence exists.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0101/p8.html

Evaluation of the Subfertile Man - American Family Physician

May 15, 2003 - Infertility affects 15 percent of couples, and 50 percent of male infertility is potentially correctable. Evaluation of the subfertile man requires a complete medical history, physical examination, and laboratory studies. The main purpose of the male evaluation is to identify and treat ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0515/p2165.html

Dermal Electrosurgical Shave Excision - American Family Physician

May 1, 2002 - The dermal electrosurgical shave excision is a fast and inexpensive method of removing epidermal and dermal lesions. The procedure is ideally suited for pedunculated lesions raised above the level of the surrounding skin. It consists of repetitive, unidirectional, horizontal slicing of ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0501/p1883.html

Screening for Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip in Newborns - Cochrane for Clinicians ...

Jan 1, 2013 - Although screening increases the proportion of newborns who are treated for DDH, there is insufficient evidence that targeted or universal ultrasound screening improves long-term orthopedic outcomes.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0101/p10.html

The Geriatric Patient: A Systematic Approach to Maintaining Health - American Family ...

Feb 15, 2000 - The number of persons 65 years of age and older continues to increase dramatically in the United States. Comprehensive health maintenance screening of this population is becoming an important task for primary care physicians. As outlined by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0215/p1089.html

ACP Releases Best Practice Advice on Colorectal Cancer Screening - Practice Guidelines ...

Dec 15, 2012 - The American College of Physicians (ACP) recently reviewed guidelines on colorectal cancer screening available from the American Cancer Society/U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer/American College of Radiology, Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement, U.S. Preventive ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1215/p1153.html

A Primary Care Approach to the Patient with Claudication - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2000 - Peripheral arterial occlusive disease occurs in about 18 percent of persons over 70 years of age. Usually, patients who have this disease present with intermittent claudication with pain in the calf, thigh or buttock that is elicited by exertion and relieved with a few minutes of rest. ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0215/p1027.html

Neuroimaging in Low Back Pain - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2002 - Patients commonly present to family physicians with low back pain. Because the majority of patients fully or partially recover within six weeks, imaging studies are generally not recommended in the first month of acute low back pain. Exceptions include patients with suspected cauda ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0601/p2299.html

Evaluation of Chest Pain in Primary Care Patients - Point-of-Care Guides - American ...

Mar 1, 2011 - Chest pain can be caused by conditions that range from benign and self-limited (e.g., chest wall pain) to serious (e.g., anxiety disorder) or life-threatening (e.g., unstable angina, aortic dissection, pulmonary embolism). Accurate identification of life-threatening and serious causes ...

American Family Physician : Point-of-Care Guides

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0301/p603.html

Issues in Newborn Screening for Phenylketonuria - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 1999 - The blood sample for phenylketonuria (PKU) screening should be obtained at least 12 hours after the infant's birth. Newborn screening for PKU has largely eliminated mental retardation caused by this disease. If the first phenylalanine test demonstrates positive results, a repeat test ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/1001/p1462.html

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

Jan 15, 2002 - Careful examination of the neonate at delivery can detect anomalies, birth injuries, and disorders that may compromise successful adaptation to extrauterine life. A newborn with one anatomic malformation should be evaluated for associated anomalies. If a newborn is found to have an ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0115/p265.html

ACOG Updates Guideline on Diagnosis and Treatment of Endometriosis - Practice ...

Jan 1, 2011 - Endometriosis is a chronic gynecologic disorder that commonly manifests as chronic pain and infertility. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has updated the guideline on diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0101/p84.html

NHLBI Expert Panel Releases Guidelines for Cardiovascular Health and Risk Reduction in ...

Oct 15, 2012 - Evidence indicates that reducing risk can slow the progression of cardiovascular disease (CVD); therefore, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHBLI) Expert Panel on Integrated Guidelines for Cardiovascular Health and Risk Reduction in Children and Adolescents developed ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1015/p776.html

The Proactive Sexual Health History: Key to Effective Sexual Health Care - American ...

Nov 1, 2002 - Family physicians must proactively address the sexual health of their patients. Effective sexual health care should address wellness considerations in addition to infections, contraception, and sexual dysfunction. However, physicians consistently underestimate the prevalence of sexual ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/1101/p1705.html

Screening for and Management of Obesity in Adults - Putting Prevention into Practice - ...

Nov 15, 2012 - Case study: A 40-year-old woman presents to your office for a routine well-woman examination. She has no significant medical history. She recently participated in a health fair at work and underwent free lipid and glucose screening; both levels were within normal limits.

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1115/p947.html

ACS/ASCCP/ASCP Guidelines for the Early Detection of Cervical Cancer - Editorials - ...

Sep 15, 2012 - The American Cancer Society (ACS), the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP), and the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) recently published updated recommendations for the early detection of cervical cancer. The guidelines are based on a systematic ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0915/p501.html

The Use of Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography to Rule Out CAD in the ED - AFP ...

Nov 15, 2012 - Is coronary CTA good enough to allow for the safe discharge of low- to intermediate-risk patients with chest pain? Coronary CTA and standard care were equally effective at identifying a low-risk population. The test saved seven hospital hours, but at the expense of radiation exposure, ...

American Family Physician : AFP Journal Club

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1115/p900.html

Allergy Testing - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2002 - Percutaneous and intradermal skin tests and laboratory assays of specific IgE antibodies may be useful in selected cases of allergy management. Percutaneous testing kits are available from various manufacturers. A number of common allergens are available in standardized preparations. ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0815/p621.html

Evaluating Proteinuria in Children - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 1998 - Proteinuria is a common laboratory finding in children. It can be identified as either a transient or a persistent finding and can represent a benign condition or a serious disease. A rapid but qualitative assessment of proteinuria can be made using dipstick or sulfosalicylic acid ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/1001/p1145.html

Basal Cell Nevus Syndrome: Guidelines for Early Detection - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2002 - Basal cell nevus syndrome is an autosomal dominant condition with complete penetrance and variable expressivity. It is characterized by five major components, including multiple nevoid basal cell carcinomas, jaw cysts, congenital skeletal abnormalities, ectopic calcifications, and ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0615/p2501.html

Evaluation of Asymptomatic Atrial Fibrillation - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - American ...

Sep 15, 2012 - In hemodynamically stable patients without acute chest pain, the evaluation and treatment of atrial fibrillation should not change based on symptoms alone.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0915/od1.html

FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - Aug 15, 2012 - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2012 - The evaluation of hip pain in patients 65 years and older should include a history and physical examination, followed by pertinent imaging studies.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0815/od1.html

Antibody Testing for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - ...

Dec 15, 2011 - Antibody testing plays an important role when assessing patients, but should not be used alone to diagnose SLE.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/1215/p1407.html

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

Sep 15, 2012 - Case study: J.K., a 45-year-old woman, presents to your office for a routine well-woman examination. She has been married for 20 years, and there is nothing remarkable in her medical history, including no previous abnormal Papanicolaou (Pap) smears.

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0915/p563.html

Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma Presenting as Benign Dermatoses - American Family Physician

May 15, 1999 - Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, also known as mycosis fungoides, is a malignancy of the T helper (CD4+) cells. Diagnosis is difficult early in the course of this disease because it mimics several benign skin disorders, including eczema, psoriasis and contact dermatitis. Cutaneous T-cell ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0515/p2809.html

Diagnosis and Classification of Diabetes Mellitus: New Criteria - American Family ...

Oct 15, 1998 - New recommendations for the classification and diagnosis of diabetes mellitus include the preferred use of the terms

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/1015/p1355.html

Should Family Physicians Routinely Screen for Hypercholesterolemia in Children? Yes: ...

Oct 15, 2012 - Yes: The Evidence Supports Universal Screening. Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease events are the culmination of a process that has clearly been shown to begin in childhood, with accumulation of abnormal lipids in the vascular intima.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1015/od2.html

Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine - Oct 15, 2012 - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2012 - No: Universal Screening Has Uncertain Benefits and a High Risk of Harms. Atherosclerosis can be demonstrated in young arteries, and its development over time correlates with the presence of risk factors for the disease, including higher lipid levels. But the presence of this association...

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1015/od1.html

An Office-Based Approach to Influenza: Clinical Diagnosis and Laboratory Testing - ...

Jan 1, 2003 - Vaccination is the primary measure for preventing morbidity and mortality from influenza. During the influenza season, family physicians must distinguish influenza from the common cold and other flu-like illnesses. Signs and symptoms of influenza include abrupt onset of fever, severe ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0101/p111.html

Should Family Physicians Use Coronary Artery Calcium Scores to Screen for Coronary ...

Sep 1, 2012 - Yes: Screening Improves CAD Risk Management in Selected Patients. Sudden death is often the first manifestation of atherosclerotic coronary artery disease (CAD). One-third of deaths from CAD in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study occurred without warning signs, and there was ...

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0901/p398.html

Should Family Physicians Use Coronary Artery Calcium Scores to Screen for Coronary ...

Sep 1, 2012 - No: Screening is Unproven, Expensive, and Potentially Harmful. Coronary artery calcium (CAC) scores have been recommended as a way to screen for coronary artery disease (CAD). Before we get too enthusiastic about this expensive new test, remember that a good screening test must perform ...

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0901/p405.html

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

Sep 15, 2012 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening for cervical cancer in women 21 to 65 years of age with cytology (Papanicolaou [Pap] smear) every three years or, for women 30 to 65 years of age who want to lengthen the screening interval, screening with a ...

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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0915/p555.html

ACS Releases Updated Guidelines on Cancer Screening - Practice Guidelines - American ...

Sep 15, 2012 - The American Cancer Society (ACS) has released its annual update of guidelines for cancer screening, with recommendations covering cancers of the breast, cervix, colon and rectum, and prostate. For each cancer site, the guidelines address the affected population, associated tests or ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0915/p571.html

Assessment of Abnormal Growth Curves - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 1998 - An important part of well-child care is the assessment of a child's growth. While growth in the vast majority of children falls within normal percentile ranges on standard growth curves, an occasional child demonstrates worrisome deviations in weight, height or head size. A single ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/0701/p153.html

Cervical Spine Radiographs in the Trauma Patient - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 1999 - Significant cervical spine injury is very unlikely in a case of trauma if the patient has normal mental status (including no drug or alcohol use) and no neck pain, no tenderness on neck palpation, no neurologic signs or symptoms referable to the neck (such as numbness or weakness in the...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0115/p331.html

Differentiating Grief and Depression in Patients Who Are Seriously Ill - Editorials - ...

Aug 1, 2012 - Differentiating between grief and depression in a patient who is seriously ill is important because the management strategies for each condition are different. It can be difficult to distinguish between depression and grief because they have overlapping symptoms (i.e., sadness, crying, ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0801/p232.html

Osteoporosis: Part I. Evaluation and Assessment - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2001 - Osteoporosis afflicts 75 million persons in the United States, Europe and Japan and results in more than 1.3 million fractures annually in the United States. Because osteoporosis is usually asymptomatic until a fracture occurs, family physicians must identify the appropriate timing and ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/0301/p897.html

New AHA Recommendations for Blood Pressure Measurement - Practice Guidelines - American...

Oct 1, 2005 - The American Heart Association (AHA) has published a new set of recommendations for the measurement of blood pressure to increase accuracy of clinic readings, and in recognition of major changes over the past 10 years (including the prohibition of mercury in many countries).

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/1001/p1391.html

Hip Pain in Athletes - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2000 - Hip pain in athletes involves a wide differential diagnosis. Adolescents and young adults are at particular risk for various apophyseal and epiphyseal injuries due to lack of ossification of these cartilaginous growth plates. Older athletes are more likely to present with tendinitis in ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0401/p2109.html

Pseudoneurologic Syndromes: Recognition and Diagnosis - American Family Physician

May 15, 1998 - Physicians may encounter patients with a collection of psychologic disorders that present with neurologic symptoms or signs, yet have no identifiable structural or functional etiology within the nervous system. These disorders comprise the so-called pseudoneurologic syndromes, which can...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/0515/p2485.html

Transient Ischemic Attack: The Rules Have Changed - AFP Journal Club - American Family ...

Jun 15, 2012 - This scientific guideline includes three game changers for physicians regarding TIA. The Journal Club authors discuss why physicians should be wary of clinical guidelines that are based on expert opinion.

American Family Physician : AFP Journal Club

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0615/p1179.html

Evaluation of Incidental Renal and Adrenal Masses - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2001 - Incidental renal or adrenal masses are sometimes found during imaging for problems unrelated to the kidneys and adrenal glands. Knowledgeable family physicians can reliably diagnose these masses, thereby avoiding unnecessary worry and procedures for their patients. A practical and ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/0115/p288.html

Evaluating Hoarseness: Keeping Your Patient's Voice Healthy - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 1998 - Hoarseness is the term often used by patients to describe changes in their voice quality. The causes of hoarseness are determined after obtaining a detailed medical history of the circumstances preceding the onset of hoarseness and performing a thorough physical examination. The latter ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/0601/p2775.html

Maternal Serum Triple Analyte Screening in Pregnancy - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2002 - According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, it has become standard in prenatal care to offer screening tests for neural tube defects and genetic abnormalities. There have been some changes in the recommended method of prenatal screening over the past few years,...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0301/p915.html

Evaluation of Asymptomatic Microscopic Hematuria in Adults - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 1999 - In patients without significant urologic symptoms, microscopic hematuria is occasionally detected on routine urinalysis. At present, routine screening of all adults for microscopic hematuria with dipstick testing is not recommended because of the intermittent occurrence of this finding ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0915/p1143.html

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

Feb 15, 2012 - 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 bladder cancer in asymptomatic adults.

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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0215/p397.html

Diagnostic Evaluation of Urinary Incontinence in Geriatric Patients - American Family ...

Jun 1, 1998 - In most cases, the evaluation of urinary incontinence requires only a history, a physical examination, urinalysis and measurement of postvoid residual urine volume. The initial purposes of the evaluation are to identify conditions requiring referral or specialized work-up and to detect ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/0601/p2675.html

The Preparticipation Athletic Evaluation - American Family Physician

May 1, 2000 - A comprehensive medical history that includes questions about a personal and family history of cardiovascular disease is the most important initial component of the preparticipation athletic evaluation. Additional questions should focus on any history of neurologic or musculoskeletal ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0501/p2683.html

Do Electronic Health Records Improve Processes and Outcomes of Preventive Care? - ...

May 15, 2012 - Electronic health records (EHRs) are thought to be valuable tools to prompt physicians to provide preventive services. How strong is the evidence that EHRs can improve processes and outcomes of preventive care?

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0515/p956.html

Care of the Premature Infant: Part I. Monitoring Growth and Development - American ...

May 1, 1998 - When monitoring growth and development in the premature infant, physicians should make adjustments for the estimated due date. With minor exceptions, administration of immunizations is based on the chronologic age. Administration of hepatitis B vaccine should be delayed until the infant...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/0501/p2123.html

Reassessing the Role of MRI in the Evaluation of Knee Pain - Editorials - American ...

Feb 1, 2012 - When used for the appropriate indications, MRI is a valuable tool in the evaluation and management of knee pain. However, it may provide clinically irrelevant information by identifying pathology that is not related to a patient's symptoms, which may ultimately lead to unnecessary ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0201/p221.html

Evaluation of Ovarian Cysts - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2011 - Initial evaluation of an ovarian cyst is largely determined by its characteristics on ultrasonography, in addition to the presence of symptoms, laboratory evaluation, and patient history. Women with an ovarian cyst, but with no symptoms, family or personal history of cancer (e.g., ...

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0801/od1.html

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Updates Breast Cancer Screening ...

Mar 15, 2012 - Breast cancer–related death can be reduced through effective screening, which typically includes imaging, clinical examination, and self-examination or awareness. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends using all three techniques to screen for breast cancer.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0315/p654.html

Interventions to Increase Cervical Cancer Screening Rates - Cochrane for Clinicians - ...

Mar 1, 2012 - Invitation letters are the most studied method of encouraging cervical cancer screening, and they are effective (relative risk [RR] = 1.44; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.24 to 1.52).1–3 Invitation letters may be more cost-effective than more intensive recruitment efforts (e.g., ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0301/p443.html

Virtual Endoscopy: A Promising New Technology - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2002 - Growing evidence shows that early detection of cancer can substantially reduce mortality, necessitating screening programs that encourage patient compliance. Radiology is already established as a screening tool, as in mammography for breast cancer and ultrasonography for congenital ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0701/p107.html

Radiologic Bone Assessment in the Evaluation of Osteoporosis - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2002 - Osteoporosis affects nearly 28 million elderly Americans. Its major clinical manifestation is fragility fractures of the spine, hip, and distal radius. Low bone mass is the most important risk factor for a fragility fracture. In 1994, the World Health Organization defined osteoporosis ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0401/p1357.html

Detecting Celaic Disease in Your Patients - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 1998 - Celiac disease is a genetic, immunologically mediated small bowel enteropathy that causes malabsorption. The immune inflammatory response to gluten frequently causes damage to many other tissues of the body. The condition is frequently underdiagnosed because of its protean ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/0301/p1023.html

Screening Mammography for Reducing Breast Cancer Mortality - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries ...

Jan 15, 2012 - Screening mammography reduces breast cancer mortality in women 40 to 49 years of age who have an average risk of breast cancer.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0115/p176.html

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

Feb 15, 2012 - Case study: K.J., a 62-year-old white man, presents for a preventive visit. He has not seen a physician for three years because he is generally healthy. After his 65-year-old neighbor was diagnosed with bladder cancer, K.J.'s wife convinced him to be screened.

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0215/p401.html

Assessing Oral Malignancies - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2002 - Oral cancers account for approximately 3 percent of all cases of cancer in the United States. An estimated 30,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year, and about one half of them will eventually die of the disease. The most common type of oral cancer is squamous cell ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0401/p1379.html

Respiratory Indications for Polysomnography in Children - Practice Guidelines - ...

Feb 1, 2012 - Although assessment of sleep disorders in children relies on the history and physical examination, polysomnography (PSG) is sometimes used to aid in the diagnosis. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has provided recommendations regarding the use of the test in children. This ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0201/p290.html

CDC Releases Best Practices for the Use of PCR Testing for Diagnosing Pertussis - ...

Nov 15, 2011 - Diagnosing pertussis in the early stages can be difficult, because early signs and symptoms are often nonspecific. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing, a technique used to detect DNA sequences specific for Bordetella pertussis, is used for diagnosis; however, results should be ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/1115/p1176.html

Implementing the Guidelines for Adolescent Preventive Services - American Family Physician

May 1, 1998 - The Guidelines for Adolescent Preventive Services (GAPS) include recommendations developed and promoted by the American Medical Association's Department of Adolescent Health and are intended to organize, restructure and redefine health care delivery for 11- to 21-year-old patients. Data...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/0501/p2181.html

Guidelines for Managing Alzheimer's Disease: Part I. Assessment - American Family ...

Jun 1, 2002 - Family physicians play a key role in assessing and managing patients with Alzheimer's disease and in linking the families of these patients to supportive services within the community. As part of comprehensive management, the family physician may be responsible for coordinating ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0601/p2263.html

Recent Developments in Colorectal Cancer Screening and Prevention - American Family ...

Jul 15, 2002 - Colorectal cancer is a significant contributor to morbidity and mortality in the United States. Studies published in the early 1990s, showing that screening for colorectal cancer can reduce colorectal cancer-related mortality, led many organizations to recommend screening in ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0715/p297.html

Evaluation and Management of Infants and Young Children with Fever - American Family ...

Oct 1, 2001 - A practice guideline for the management of febrile infants and children younger than three years of age sparked controversy when it was published in 1993. Surveys indicate that many office-based physicians do not agree with recommendations for venipuncture and bladder catheterization in...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/1001/p1219.html

Acute Knee Injuries: Use of Decision Rules for Selective Radiograph Ordering - American...

Dec 1, 1999 - Family physicians often encounter patients with acute knee trauma. Radiographs of injured knees are commonly ordered, even though fractures are found in only 6 percent of such patients and emergency department physicians can usually discriminate clinically between fracture and ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/1201/p2599.html

Effect of Mammography on Breast Cancer Mortality - Cochrane for Clinicians - American ...

Dec 1, 2011 - Although mammography can lead to false-positive results, emotional stress, and unnecessary biopsies, it appears to reduce deaths from breast cancer by about 15 percent.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/1201/p1225.html

Commonly Missed Diagnoses in the Childhood Eye Examination - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2001 - Early and accurate detection of eye disorders in children can present a challenge for family physicians. Visual acuity screening, preferably performed before four years of age, is essential for diagnosing amblyopia. Cover testing may disclose small-angle or intermittent strabismus. ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/0815/p623.html

Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Screening - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2000 - Approximately 180,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed annually, accounting for about 48,000 deaths per year in the United States. The screening guidelines for the diagnosis of breast cancer are continually changing. Because of increased awareness of the signs and symptoms of ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0801/p596.html

Guide to Mammography Reports: BI-RADS Terminology - Editorials - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2010 - Mammography reports use specific terminology from the Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) to describe findings and to assign a final assessment category. This editorial addresses questions that commonly arise when primary care physicians interpret mammography reports.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0715/p114.html

Guideline for the Management of Heart Failure Caused by Systolic Dysfunction: Part I. ...

Sep 1, 2001 - Over the past decade, the conceptual understanding of heart failure has changed significantly. Several large clinical trials have demonstrated that pharmacologic interventions can dramatically reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with heart failure. These trials have extended ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/0901/p769.html

HPV Testing in the Evaluation of the Minimally Abnormal Papanicolaou Smear - American ...

May 15, 1999 - Minor cytologic abnormalities of the cervix, such as atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance (ASCUS), are vastly more common than high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions or invasive cancer. Current guidelines for the management of ASCUS include repeating the ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0515/p2794.html

An Office Approach to the Diagnosis of Chronic Cough - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 1998 - Chronic cough is a common problem in patients who visit family physicians. The three most common causes of chronic cough in those who are referred to pulmonary specialists are postnasal drip, asthma and gastroesophageal reflux. The initial treatment of patients with cough is often ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/1201/p2015.html

Medical Surveillance in Work-Site Safety and Health Programs - American Family Physician

May 1, 2000 - Businesses frequently call on family physicians to provide employee health services at the work site or in the clinician's office. These services include medical screening (detection of dysfunction or disease before an employee would ordinarily seek medical care) and medical ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0501/p2785.html

Evaluation of Pregnant Women Exposed to Respiratory Viruses - American Family Physician

May 15, 2000 - Prenatal patients are often exposed to respiratory viruses at home and at work. Understandably, these patients may be concerned and want immediate answers and advice from their physicians. While most women who are exposed to chickenpox are immune, serologic testing can be performed and ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0515/p3065.html

Cardiovascular Screening of Student Athletes - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2000 - Each year, a number of children and adolescents die suddenly from cardiac problems that are associated with a small subgroup of disorders and high-risk behaviors. While sudden cardiac death in any child or adolescent is distressing, it can be particularly devastating when it occurs in a...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0815/p765.html

Cancer Screening Guidelines - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2001 - Numerous medical organizations have developed cancer screening guidelines. Faced with the broad, and sometimes conflicting, range of recommendations for cancer screening, family physicians must determine the most reasonable and up-to-date method of screening. Major medical organizations...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/0315/p1101.html

Colorectal Cancer: Risk Factors and Recommendations for Early Detection - American ...

Jun 1, 1999 - Spurred by mounting evidence that the detection and treatment of early-stage colorectal cancers and adenomatous polyps can reduce mortality, Medicare and some other payors recently authorized reimbursement for colorectal cancer screening in persons at average risk for this malignancy. A...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0601/p3083.html

Recognition of Common Childhood Malignancies - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2000 - Although cancer has an annual incidence of only about 150 new cases per 1 million U.S. children, it is the second leading cause of childhood deaths. Early detection and prompt therapy have the potential to reduce mortality. Leukemias, lymphomas and central nervous system tumors account ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0401/p2144.html

Commonly Missed Orthopedic Problems - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 1998 - When not diagnosed early and managed appropriately, common musculoskeletal injuries may result in long-term disabling conditions. Anterior cruciate ligament tears are some of the most common knee ligament injuries. Slipped capital femoral epiphysis may present with little or no hip ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/0115/p267.html

Using DSM-IV Primary Care Version: A Guide to Psychiatric Diagnosis in Primary Care - ...

Oct 15, 1998 - The prevalence of patients with psychiatric disorders in primary care settings indicates that family physicians have a need for a diagnostic manual suited to the realities of their practice. This article reviews the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th ed., primary...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/1015/p1347.html

Somatizing Patients: Part I. Practical Diagnosis - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2000 - The phenomenon of somatization, which results in unexplained physical complaints, is ubiquitous in primary care settings although it often goes unrecognized. Medical training emphasizes the identification and treatment of organic problems and may leave physicians unprepared to recognize...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0215/p1073.html

Evaluating Patients for Return to Work - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 1999 - The family physician is often instrumental in the process of returning a patient to the workplace after injury or illness. Initially, the physician must gain an understanding of the job's demands through detailed discussions with the patient, the patient's work supervisor or the ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0215/p844.html

Screening for Testicular Cancer: Reaffirmation Recommendation Statement - U.S. ...

Aug 15, 2011 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends against screening for testicular cancer in adolescent or adult males.

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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0815/p444.html

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy: Screening for Colorectal Cancer - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 1999 - Flexible sigmoidoscopy is an important screening procedure because of its ability to detect early changes in the distal colon. The 60-cm flexible sigmoidoscope provides excellent visualization with minimal discomfort to patients. Successful sigmoidoscopy requires adequate patient ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0115/p313.html

CDC Updates Guidelines on Diagnosis and Treatment of Sexually Transmitted Diseases - ...

Jul 1, 2011 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated its guidelines on the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The new guidelines focus on treatment, but also discuss prevention strategies and diagnostic recommendations.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0701/p123.html

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

Aug 15, 2011 - Case study: A 17-year-old male presents to your office for a college entrance physical examination. He learned about testicular cancer in health class, and asks you about screening. He has no history of cryptorchidism and no physical symptoms.

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0815/p451.html

Should All Children Be Screened for Autism Spectrum Disorders? No: Screening Is Not ...

Aug 15, 2011 - Whether or not early detection of ASDs through screening is beneficial is best answered by an unbiased, comprehensive systematic review, before screening recommendations are proposed. Several guideline panels in other countries have conducted such a review using robust assessment ...

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0815/p377.html

Axillary Basal Cell Carcinoma: A Need for Full Cutaneous Examination - American Family ...

Apr 15, 1998 - Basal cell carcinoma is the most common skin malignancy. While this lesion most often occurs in sun-exposed areas of the skin, it can also develop in sites that are not usually exposed to sunlight or artificial ultraviolet radiation, such as the breast, palm or groin. A periodic ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/0415/p1860.html

Should All Children Be Screened for Autism Spectrum Disorders? Yes: Merging Science, ...

Aug 15, 2011 - Screening offers the potential for early treatment, which can lessen the effect of a condition. This is true for ASDs and related disorders in which randomized controlled trials have demonstrated improvements in young children with ASDs with regard to parent-child social communication, ...

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0815/p361.html

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