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Keratinocyte Carcinomas: Should We Screen for Them? - Editorials - American Family ...

Sep 15, 2020 - Keratinocyte carcinoma, which includes basal cell and cutaneous squamous cell carcinomas, is common, and the incidence is increasing.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0915/p330.html

The Promise and Challenge of Home Health Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic - ...

Jul 1, 2020 - The COVID-19 pandemic presents family physicians with unique opportunities to work with home health providers to combat the pandemic, provide quality care, and ease the burden of fear among patients.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0701/p8.html

Continuous Glucose Monitoring in Type 2 Diabetes Is Not Ready for Widespread Adoption -...

Jun 1, 2020 - Although continuous glucose monitoring may benefit patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus, there is limited evidence that it offers similar benefits in patients with type 2 diabetes, regardless of whether they are taking insulin.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0601/p646.html

Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain: Unintended Consequences of the 2016 CDC Guideline...

Apr 15, 2020 - Since the 2016 CDC guideline for the use of opioid pain relievers was released, there has been a significant reduction in opioid prescribing, and the guideline has been adopted by state Medicaid agencies, insurers, and others. Widespread implementation of the guideline has had ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0415/p458.html

Integrating Breast Cancer Risk Management into Primary Care - Editorials - American ...

Mar 15, 2020 - It is important that primary care physicians have the ability and resources to identify women eligible for genetic counseling and testing for breast cancer.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0315/p330.html

HIV Status, Preexposure Prophylaxis, Sexual Health, and the Critical Role of Family ...

Mar 1, 2020 - Family physicians play a key role in expanding HIV testing and treatment, as well as providing sexual health services in areas where specialty sexual health services are not readily available.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0301/p262.html

Shared Decision-Making for Administering PCV13 in Older Adults - Editorials - American ...

Feb 1, 2020 - In June 2019, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices approved a change from its age-based 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine recommendations to a shared clinical decision-making process.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0201/p134.html

Breast Implant—Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma - Editorials - American Family...

Jan 1, 2020 - In October 2019, the FDA released draft guidance offering numerous recommendations to help ensure women have access to breast implant benefit and risk information, including that manufacturers incorporate a boxed warning and patient decision checklist in the device’s labeling, and ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0101/p8.html

The Case Against Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring for Cardiovascular Disease Risk ...

Dec 15, 2019 - Although coronary artery calcium testing may slightly improve future risk prediction, this theoretical benefit is outweighed by its potential harms.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1215/p734.html

Gabapentinoids for Pain: Potential Unintended Consequences - Editorials - American ...

Dec 1, 2019 - The widespread and often indiscriminate prescribing of gabapentinoids is not supported by robust evidence, and it carries known and unknown risks.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1201/p672.html

Military Health History: Resources for Use at the Point of Care - Editorials - American...

Nov 1, 2019 - Many clinicians outside of the VA or military are unaware of the importance of specific aspects of the military health history. The clinical expertise of health care professionals in the VA and military health systems can be leveraged to expand training opportunities.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1101/p523.html

Common Misperceptions About Buprenorphine Prescribing for Opioid Use Disorder - ...

Oct 1, 2019 - The antidote to the opioid use disorder epidemic is the thoughtful use of evidence-based medicine and an honest understanding of what we know—and what we don't know—about caring for people with substance use disorders.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1001/p396.html

Discussing Life Expectancy with Older Patients: Prediction and Patient Preferences - ...

Sep 1, 2019 - Evidence shows that physicians need more training in discussing life expectancy, and there are resources available to support this process for certain conditions.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0901/p265.html

Rethinking Aspirin for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease - Editorials - ...

Jun 1, 2019 - Aspirin's routine use for primary prevention has been the subject of controversy because of questionable benefits and increased bleeding risk. Aspirin therapy may reduce the relative risk of a first heart attack or stroke, but this benefit could be outweighed by the risk of ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0601/p670.html

Downsides of Detecting Atrial Fibrillation in Asymptomatic Patients - Editorials - ...

Mar 15, 2019 - Despite the lack of outcomes evidence, the rise of wearable ECG sensors will cause many individuals to seek care for misdiagnosed AF. The best intervention for patients with correct diagnoses remains unclear. Primary care physicians must use their skills in discussing uncertainty and ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0315/p354.html

Preparing for Serious Illness: A Model for Better Conversations over the Continuum of ...

Mar 1, 2019 - How can we ensure that our seriously ill patients routinely get the right care without relying on individual sacrifice and luck?

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0301/p281.html

To Prepare Patients Better: Reimagining Advance Care Planning - Editorials - American ...

Mar 1, 2019 - Forty-five million Americans live with one or more serious illnesses, many of which are life-limiting and marked by functional decline. Family physicians play a pivotal role in the care of these patients through their deep, longitudinal relationships.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0301/p278.html

Stumbling onto Cancer: Avoiding Overdiagnosis of Renal Cell Carcinoma - Editorials - ...

Feb 1, 2019 - We all need to test wisely and weigh the risks and benefits of diagnostic imaging. Imaging—and testing in general—has real downsides, such as stumbling onto things you wish you had not.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0201/p145.html

Fitness-Related Cardiac Arrhythmias - Editorials - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2019 - How many clinicians are aware that high levels of physical fitness predispose patients to cardiac rhythm abnormalities? Find out more.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0115/p78.html

Deprescribing Is an Essential Part of Good Prescribing - Editorials - American Family ...

Jan 1, 2019 - There are four important medication issues to discuss with patients as they get older. Find out more and learn the five steps to individualize deprescribing practices for each patient.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0101/p7.html

Counseling Patients About Prostate Cancer Screening - Editorials - American Family ...

Oct 15, 2018 - The AAFP finds that the net benefit of population screening for prostate cancer is small at best, and it does not recommend routinely discussing PSA-based screening if the patient does not request it.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1015/p478.html

Family Physicians Can Manage Adults with Hepatitis C - Editorials - American Family ...

Oct 1, 2018 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourages family physicians to treat patients with hepatitis C. Outcomes when primary care physicians prescribe direct-acting antivirals to patients with uncomplicated hepatitis C are comparable to those of subspecialists.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1001/p413.html

Counseling Parents and Adolescents About Marijuana - Editorials - American Family ...

Jul 15, 2018 - Physicians are increasingly likely to be asked by adolescents or their parents whether recreational marijuana use is safe. Although many adults view marijuana as benign, there are major concerns about its use in adolescents because all illicit drug use, including marijuana, may have ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0715/p80.html

Eosinophilic Esophagitis: A Mimic of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease - Editorials - ...

May 15, 2018 - Pathologic diseases, besides GERD, are becoming more prevalent and should be considered in the differential diagnosis of patients presenting with symptoms of esophageal dysfunction.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0515/p628.html

ACC/AHA Hypertension Guideline: What Is New? What Do We Do? - Editorials - American ...

Mar 15, 2018 - Choosing a threshold and target for treatment should be based on the science supporting CVD risk reduction, while considering the benefits and harms in individual patient circumstances and respecting patient choice.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0315/p372.html

Treating Opioid Use Disorder as a Family Physician: Taking the Next Step - Editorials -...

Mar 1, 2018 - An AHRQ review showed that there are different ways in which buprenorphine-based MAT can be safely and effectively delivered in primary care settings.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0301/p302.html

Vitamin D Screening and Supplementation in Primary Care: Time to Curb Our Enthusiasm - ...

Feb 15, 2018 - Evidence for vitamin D screening and supplementation in adults shows that these commonplace practices have virtually no established health benefits.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0215/p226.html

The AAFP Cognitive Care Kit: A Resource for Family Physicians - Editorials - American ...

Nov 15, 2017 - The AAFP Cognitive Care Kit was designed to give primary care physicians access to recommended materials to identify, screen, care for, and educate patients with cognitive impairment, as well as assist caregivers.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1115/p630.html

Preconception Care Is Primary Care: A Call to Action - Editorials - American Family ...

Oct 15, 2017 - Alarmingly, the United States is the only developed country with a rising maternal mortality rate; women are more likely to die in or around childbirth now than 20 years ago. Regardless of community, profession, or political affiliation, this should create a sense of urgency for action ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1015/p492.html

Treating Aging with Testosterone - Editorials - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2017 - Most patients on testosterone are being treated for normal symptoms of aging. Given that the diagnostics are questionable and the benefits are unconvincing, the risks of testosterone, some of which may be life-threatening, are not worth taking.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1001/p428.html

Differences Between the AAFP Atrial Fibrillation Guideline and the AHA/ACC/HRS ...

Sep 1, 2017 - The AAFP updated its guideline on pharmacologic management of newly detected atrial fibrillation, which differs in part from the AHA/ACC/HRS guideline. It specifically highlights two questions commonly faced by family physicians, and is based on updated data from the Agency for ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0901/p284.html

The CDC’s STEADI Initiative: Promoting Older Adult Health and Independence Through Fall...

Aug 15, 2017 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Aug 15, 2017 Issue Editorials The CDC's STEADI Initiative: Promoting Older Adult Health and Independence Through Fall Prevention ROBIN LEE, PhD, MPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia Am Fam Physician. 2017...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0815/p220.html

Dementia Care: More Than Just Prescription Drugs - Editorials - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2017 - Rather than focusing on medications to achieve a small temporary difference in cognition, patients and families might be better served if we focused more on nonpharmacologic treatments, and on more important issues, such as advance directives, driving, living arrangements, caregiver ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0615/p766.html

Pharmacologic Treatment of Hypertension in Adults Aged 60 Years or Older: A Guideline ...

May 1, 2017 - A high standard must be met when guidelines recommend lifelong preventive medications, knowing that at best, a small minority of patients will benefit and that all are risking harm.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0501/p547.html

Fecal Microbiota Transplantation in Clostridium difficile Infection: Evidence and ...

Mar 15, 2017 - Fecal microbiota transplantation is an effective treatment to prevent recurrent episodes of moderate to severe C. difficile infection. Nevertheless, because of the uncertainty regarding long-term safety and effectiveness, and the high burden of recurrent C. difficile infection, large, ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0315/p351.html

Aspirin for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease and Colorectal Cancer: New ...

Feb 15, 2017 - In April 2016, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) updated its recommendation on the use of aspirin to prevent cardiovascular disease (CVD). Because emerging evidence suggested that aspirin may also be useful for the prevention of cancer, for the first time, the USPSTF ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0215/p222.html

The Cholesterol Dilemma: Treating the Risk or Treating to LDL-C Goal? - Editorials - ...

Jan 15, 2017 - Statins will long remain the cornerstone of treatment because of their proven benefits and cost-effectiveness, especially in the four statin benefit groups. However, emerging RCT evidence shows that the degree of LDL-C lowering may be more important than the drug used to achieve it.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0115/p66.html

How to Counsel Men About PSA Screening - Editorials - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2016 - For family physicians to put PSA screening guidance into practice, they must elicit patients' preferences and provide accurate, understandable information about the benefits and harms.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1115/p782.html

Using the CDC Guideline and Tools for Opioid Prescribing in Patients with Chronic Pain ...

Jun 15, 2016 - The new CDC guideline is intended to help clinicians decide whether and how to prescribe opioids for chronic pain; offer safer, more effective care for patients with chronic pain; improve clinician-patient communication; and prevent opioid use disorder and opioid-related overdose.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0615/p970.html

What Women and Their Physicians Need to Know About the UKCTOCS Study and Ovarian Cancer...

Jun 1, 2016 - An overview of the recent results from the United Kingdom Collaborative Trial of Ovarian Cancer Screening (UKCTOCS) and implications for clinical practice and public health.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0601/p903.html

Screening for Ovarian Cancer—More Hype Than Hope? - Editorials - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2016 - In keeping with the principles of the Choosing Wisely campaign, physicians and patients would do well to avoid the pitfalls of overscreening and wait for results that promise more hope than hype.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0601/p906.html

Introducing a One-Page Adult Preventive Health Care Schedule: USPSTF Recommendations at...

May 1, 2016 - The Adult Preventive Health Care Schedule provides a concise and informative visual representation of USPSTF recommendations.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0501/p738.html

Counseling Women About Breast Cancer Screening - Editorials - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2016 - Practical strategies can help family physicians and women in their 40s make more informed decisions about breast cancer screening.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0415/p652.html

Eating Less Meat: A Healthy and Environmentally Responsible Dietary Choice - Editorials...

Mar 15, 2016 - What should physicians tell their patients about eating meat?

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0315/p451.html

Effectiveness, Adverse Effects, and Safety of Medical Marijuana - Editorials - American...

Nov 15, 2015 - Increasingly, physicians across the country are being asked about medical marijuana. Although marijuana has been around for centuries, there is no consensus on its safety and effectiveness.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1115/p856.html

Prostate Cancer Screening: The Pendulum Has Swung, and the Burden of Proof Is with ...

Oct 15, 2015 - Before primary care physicians consider reintroducing the PSA test, they must have proof that it improves outcomes. The task will be to show in a future randomized study whether any PSA screening algorithm can improve survival or quality of life compared with what is now the standard of...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1015/p678.html

HPV Vaccination: Overcoming Parental and Physician Impediments - Editorials - American ...

Sep 15, 2015 - Family physicians have an opportunity to significantly reduce rates of cervical and oropharyngeal cancers with a safe and effective HPV vaccine. We should listen and address parental concerns, but also strongly recommend all childhood immunizations and use every opportunity to ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0915/p449.html

Pitfalls of Direct-to-Consumer Vascular Screening Tests - Editorials - American Family ...

Apr 15, 2015 - As concerned primary care physicians, we should take a more active role in educating the public and our patients about the risks of nonindicated screening tests before those purchases are made. Harms of downstream testing or treatment for a positive test result are real and significant.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0415/p518.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

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