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Can Design Thinking Improve Health Care for Patients, Physicians?

Design thinking requires decision-makers to empathize with, and test potential solutions with, users and stakeholders. Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., shares insights from a crash course on the process.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190205fp-designthinking.html

Can Increased Awareness Trump Cyberbullies?

Melania Trump has pledged to combat cyberbullying as the nation's first lady. Natasha Bhuyan writes that this important issue demands increased awareness.

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

Can Mindfulness Meditation Deliver Us From Burnout?

Can Mindfulness Meditation Deliver Us From Burnout?

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

Can Physicians Save Patients From Violent Deaths?

Can Physicians Save Patients From Violent Deaths?

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

Candidates Wanted: Four Spots Available for AAFP Board

Candidates Wanted: Four Spots Available for AAFP Board

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

Care for Special Populations in Pandemic Adds Challenges

From masks and social distancing to closing group homes, Kyle Jones, M.D., writes in the FPs on the Front Lines blog that physicians caring for patients with intellectual or other developmental disabilities face added challenges with COVID-19.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/fpsonfrontlines/entry/20200624fl-specialpopulations.html

Caring for Patients With Addiction Problems Takes Practice

Caring for Patients With Addiction Problems Takes Practice

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

Carpe Diem: It's Time to Fix Our Broken Health Care System

AAFP Senior VP for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes in this In the Trenches blog post that the current health crisis presents an opportunity to drastically improve the U.S. health care system.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200414itt-fixsystem.html

Catching a Dream: Participating in Leadership Keeps 'Goblins' at Bay

Catching a Dream: Participating in Leadership Keeps 'Goblins' at Bay

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

Celebrating Disruptive Innovators in Primary Care

In his latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin spotlights four family physician leaders who found innovative ways to improve care.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190806itt-disrupters.html

Center Provides Important Lesson on Where We Came From

Center Provides Important Lesson on Where We Came From

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

Challenges, Hope for Small Practices and PCMH

Challenges, Hope for Small Practices and PCMH

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

Challenges, Opportunities Await in 2014

Challenges, Opportunities Await in 2014

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/challenges_opportunities_await_in_2014.html

Chance to Shape FP Training, Education Prompts Career Move

Chance to Shape FP Training, Education Prompts Career Move

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

Change Isn't Optional, but Making Progress Is

Change Isn't Optional, but Making Progress Is

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

Changing the Conversation: What Would It Take to Make Using Our EHRs Truly Meaningful?

Changing the Conversation: What Would It Take to Make Using Our EHRs Truly Meaningful?

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

Changing the Trajectory of Burnout in Medicine

Changing the Trajectory of Burnout in Medicine

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

Changing Times, Changing Relationships?

Changing Times, Changing Relationships?

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

Changing Training Standards for Maternity Care

Changing Training Standards for Maternity Care

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

Chapter Meetings Shine Light on Constituent Issues

Chapter Meetings Shine Light on Constituent Issues

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

Chapters Can Help Each Other By Sharing Insights

Chapters Can Help Each Other By Sharing Insights

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

Chemical Spill Puts Resident, Hospital to Test

Chemical Spill Puts Resident, Hospital to Test

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

Child Abuse: We Have a Role to Play

Child Abuse: We Have a Role to Play

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

Choose Well: Helping Patients Act on Their Choices Reminds Us to Do the Same

Choose Well: Helping Patients Act on Their Choices Reminds Us to Do the Same

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

Clinical Case Managers Improve Chronic Care Outcomes

Clinical Case Managers Improve Chronic Care Outcomes

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

Closing Down Tobacco Road

In his latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights the Academy's advocacy efforts related to tobacco and nicotine regulation and tells family physicians how to learn more about a new payment model.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20191029itt-tobacco.html

Closure, COVID, Chaos: A Resident's Tale of Resilience

Merlyn Sunny Abraham, M.D., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that her family medicine class of seven women persisted through the closure of their hospital, the transfer of their program and a pandemic.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20200618fp-drexel.html

Cloudy With a Chance of Misdiagnosis

Cloudy With a Chance of Misdiagnosis

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

CMS Heeds AAFP Advice on New Payment Models

In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin examines the Primary Cares Initiative that CMS launched last week.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190430itt-primarycares.html

COGME Report Puts Family Medicine on Priority List

COGME Report Puts Family Medicine on Priority List

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

Colonel's Request is Simple: Ask Patients if They Served in Military

Colonel's Request is Simple: Ask Patients if They Served in Military

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

Come On, Grads, Let's Start Cultivating a Healthier World

As Lauren Abdul-Majeed, M.D., M.P.H., begins to put her new degrees to work, she reflects that family physicians are well-positioned to advocate for the health of not only individual patients, but entire communities.

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

Community Finds Right Prescription to Fight Hunger

More than 15 percent of Oregonians live below the federal poverty level -- more than the national average. And a recent poll found that 28 percent of those who visit food pantries worry about where their next meal will come from. Now, a simple screening tool, a healthy teaching kitchen ...

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

Community Response to Disaster Shows Beauty of Rural Practice

An epic flood ravaged her town, but what Kimberly Becher, M.D., remembers most are the selfless acts of kindness that helped her patients put their lives back together.

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

Conflicting Beliefs Shouldn't Hinder Patient Care

Recent news of pharmacists refusing to fill prescriptions raises a question: What happens when the beliefs of a health care professional conflict with those of a patient?

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180828lv-pharmrefusal.html

Congratulations on Your Match! Here's What to Do Next

Now that Match results are out, resident Alexa Mieses, M.D., M.P.H., offers tips to fourth-year medical students on what to do before residency orientation begins.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180316lv-aftermatch.html

Congress Faces Tight Deadlines on Critical Issues

A handful of critical health care programs will run out of funding if Congress fails to act by the end of September.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20170829itt-deadlines.html

Congress Fails Medicare Patients and Their Physicians

Congress Fails Medicare Patients and Their Physicians

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

Congress Got a Shot of FP Expertise to Boost Immunizations

AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Stephanie Quinn talks about the AAFP's role in writing a new House bill to boost vaccine confidence, in part by recognizing the importance of the physician-patient relationship.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200901itt-vaccinebill.html

Congress Needs to Hear From FPs -- Here's Your Chance

AAFP President-elect John Cullen, M.D., reports from Capitol Hill, where the Academy's Board of Directors recently had dozens of meetings with legislators and congressional staff.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180302lv-hillvisits.html

Congress of Delegates and Scientific Assembly: A Week to Remember

Congress of Delegates and Scientific Assembly: A Week to Remember

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

Congress' Inaction Threatens Family Medicine Training

The future of the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program -- and more than 700 residency slots -- is unclear because Congress has failed to address long-term funding.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180129lv-thcgme.html

Congressional Recess Offers Opportunity to Advocate at Home

Congressional Recess Offers Opportunity to Advocate at Home

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

Connecting Family Physicians to Communities in Need

Without Congressional action, funding for the National Health Service Corps is scheduled to end on Sept. 30. AAFP Vice President for Advocacy and Practice Advancement Shawn Martin outlines the benefits of the program, which currently has 9,000 physicians, dentists, and other primary ...

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

Correcting CMS’ Suggested Correction for Value-based Systems

Here’s what CMS Administrator Seema Verma’s recent op-ed gets wrong about accountable care organizations and value-based models.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20201124itt-vbs.html

Could Better Coping Skills Curb Rampant Drug Use?

A record number of Americans died of drug overdoses in 2015. Venis Wilder, M.D., ponders how family physicians can help.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20171030fp-coping.html

Could Self Care or Telehealth Curb Overuse of Health Care?

More Americans now have health insurance, but there is a still a physician shortage. Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., ponders solutions to overconsumption of health care.

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

Countdown to Zero

Countdown to Zero

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

Country in Crisis: Addressing our Addiction Epidemic

The AAFP is working with Congress and federal agencies to address the nation's growing drug addiction epidemic while ensuring that family physicians are able to care for patients in a manner that is free of unnecessary regulatory burdens. Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement...

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

COVID-19 and the Burden of Secondary Grief

After months of caring for people affected by COVID-19, Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog about the burden of secondary grief.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/202001001fp-grief.html

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