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Direct Oral Anticoagulants Preferred Over Warfarin for Nonvalvular Atrial Fibrillation ...

Dec 1, 2018 - The balance of benefits and harms favors direct oral anticoagulants over warfarin (Coumadin) for patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation who require anticoagulation and are already taking low-dose aspirin.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1201/p683.html

Advance Care Planning Increases Execution of Advance Directives and Surrogate ...

Dec 1, 2018 - In this study, an intensive advance care planning intervention dramatically increased the completion of advance directives and the identification of surrogate decision makers.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1201/p682a.html

Mifepristone Pretreatment Improves Success Rate of Misoprostol for Early Pregnancy Loss...

Dec 1, 2018 - In women with early pregnancy loss between five and 12 weeks' gestation, pretreatment with 200 mcg of oral mifepristone before 800 mcg of vaginal misoprostol increases the likelihood of successful expulsion of the gestational sac.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1201/p683a.html

Five-Day Nitrofurantoin Superior to Single-Dose Fosfomycin for Women with Uncomplicated...

Oct 15, 2018 - A five-day course of nitrofurantoin is significantly more likely than single-dose fosfomycin to achieve both clinical and microbiologic resolution of uncomplicated lower UTI in otherwise healthy adult women.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1015/od4.html

As-Needed Use of Budesonide Plus Formoterol As Good As Daily Use of Steroid - POEMs - ...

Nov 15, 2018 - As-needed use of budesonide/formoterol is as effective as the daily use of maintenance budesonide plus as-needed terbutaline at preventing severe exacerbations, and results in a much lower cumulative steroid dose.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1115/od4.html

Acupuncture Effective for Chronic Pain Conditions - POEMs - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2018 - Acupuncture, with its meridians, chi, and other concepts that do not seem to line up with anything physiologic, is vexing to most of us who trained in Western medicine. However, this meta-analysis, based on data from almost 21,000 patients, found it to be more effective than no ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1115/od2.html

Ambulatory Blood Pressure Important for Decision-Making About Treatment - POEMs - ...

Oct 15, 2018 - This study supports the guidelines recommending that treatment decisions be based on ambulatory blood pressure measurements rather than in-office blood pressure results. The difference between the two measurements in this cohort was 19/11 mm Hg, which is enough to change the decision to...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1015/od5.html

Cannabinoids Somewhat Helpful for Nausea, Maybe Helpful for Spasticity, Probably Not ...

Oct 15, 2018 - This umbrella review found a modest benefit of cannabinoids for the treatment of neuropathic pain; a greater benefit for the treatment of spasticity and nausea and vomiting; and substantial harms. The studies were extremely heterogeneous in terms of the comparators, dose, duration, and ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1015/od3.html

Single-Dose Dexamethasone an Option for Acute Adult Asthma - POEMs - American Family ...

Mar 15, 2017 - A single dose of 12-mg dexamethasone, which has a longer duration of action than prednisone, is almost as effective as five days of 60-mg prednisone for the prevention of relapse in adults with acute asthma treated in an emergency department.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0315/od1.html

Febuxostat Increases All-Cause and Cardiovascular Mortality Compared with Allopurinol -...

Sep 15, 2018 - For patients with gout who require treatment to lower their uric acid level, allopurinol is a safer option than febuxostat.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0915/p385.html

Aspirin No Different Than Rivaroxaban for Prevention of VTE After TKA or THA - POEMs - ...

Aug 15, 2018 - Extended prophylaxis with low-dose aspirin is similar in efficacy to rivaroxaban for the prevention of symptomatic VTE following TKA or THA. Aspirin is cheap, widely available, and effective, making it a good alternative to the more costly direct oral anticoagulants.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0815/p248.html

Nonopioids Equivalent to Opioids for Severe Chronic Back, Hip, or Knee Pain with Fewer ...

Sep 1, 2018 - Nonopioid medications were at least as effective as opioid medications for improving pain-related function over 12 months in adults with severe chronic back pain or knee or hip osteoarthritis pain. The evidence that opioids are not superior to nonopioid medications for chronic and acute...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0901/p316.html

HPV Testing Better Than Cytology for Women Vaccinated Against HPV - POEMs - American ...

Sep 15, 2018 - In women who had received the HPV vaccine, screening for HPV every five years, with cytology and colposcopy follow-up as needed, resulted in higher rates of identification of high-grade pre-cancerous disease than standard liquid-based cytology every 2.5 years with HPV follow-up ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0915/p384.html

No Difference Between Oxycodone/Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen for Acute ...

Mar 1, 2016 - This study found no significant difference in the management of acute musculoskeletal extremity pain, including fractures, with oxycodone/acetaminophen vs. hydrocodone/acetaminophen. Adverse events, including nausea and dizziness, occurred significantly more often with ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0301/p411.html

Systolic Blood Pressure of At Least 140 mm Hg Best Place to Begin Treatment - POEMs - ...

Aug 15, 2018 - Beginning antihypertensive treatment when the systolic blood pressure is greater than 140 mm Hg delays death and prevents major cardiovascular events in some persons without preexisting heart disease; in patients with existing heart disease, it prevents further events, but does not ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0815/p249.html

Short Courses of Antibiotics as Effective as Longer Courses for Outpatient Infections -...

Jul 1, 2018 - Just about every time someone asks, Can I get away with a shorter course of antibiotics, the answer is, Yes, you can. Shorter courses reduce cost and may reduce the likelihood of adverse events.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0701/p56.html

Medications Ineffective to Prevent Cognitive Decline or Dementia - POEMs - American ...

Aug 15, 2018 - None of the medications in this systematic review prevented or delayed cognitive decline, cognitive impairment, or dementia.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0815/p248a.html

Pulmonary Embolism Rule-Out Criteria Reduces the Need for CT Pulmonary Angiography in ...

Aug 15, 2018 - Use of the PERC clinical decision rule significantly reduces the need for CT pulmonary angiography in adults with an initial low-risk clinical estimate of suspected PE.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0815/p250.html

Drugs for Chronic Idiopathic Constipation Are Similarly Effective - POEMs - American ...

Jun 15, 2018 - If nondrug measures are unsuccessful for chronic idiopathic constipation, the choice of a pharmacologic agent should be based on cost, tolerability, and long-term adherence rather than efficacy, because the efficacy is similar among drugs and drug classes.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0615/p819a.html

Lorazepam Added to Haloperidol Effective for Agitated Delirium in End-of-Life Cancer ...

Feb 15, 2018 - Using a single dose of lorazepam in combination with haloperidol decreases agitation in end-of-life patients with cancer who had persistent agitated delirium despite scheduled haloperidol. A recent POEM reported that haloperidol increases symptoms of distress in patients with cancer and...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0215/od4.html

One-Third of Patients with Anxiety Disorder Will Relapse When Antidepressant Treatment ...

May 1, 2018 - Discontinuing the antidepressant treatment in patients with anxiety disorders will cause a relapse in almost one-third of them. One in six patients previously treated successfully will also relapse despite continued treatment.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0501/p605.html

FIT More Acceptable with Better Detection Rate Than gFOBT for Colorectal Cancer ...

Jun 15, 2018 - FIT is more sensitive and specific than the older guaiac-based fecal occult blood tests (gFOBTs) when screening for colorectal cancer. We now know that it is also more acceptable to patients and increases uptake in a centrally administered screening program.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0615/p818.html

PCI Equal to Sham PCI for Exercise Tolerance in Patients with Stable Angina Plus Severe...

Jul 1, 2018 - In patients with stable angina and severe coronary artery disease (CAD), PCI plus optimal medical treatment does not improve exercise tolerance or angina more than sham PCI plus optimal medical treatment.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0701/p55.html

Surgery Equal to No Surgery for Patients with Subacromial Shoulder Pain - POEMs - ...

Jul 1, 2018 - In patients with subacromial shoulder pain of at least three months' duration who receive physical therapy, surgical decompression is no better than arthroscopy without decompression in improving pain or function, and neither is much better than no invasive intervention at all.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0701/p54.html

Injectable Extended-Release Naltrexone Effective for Opioid Use Disorder - POEMs - ...

Jun 15, 2018 - Injectable extended-release naltrexone administered every four weeks is similar in efficacy to daily oral buprenorphine/naloxone for the treatment of opioid use disorder. Patients using extended-release naltrexone reported higher satisfaction with treatment and were more likely to ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0615/p819.html

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