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COVID-19 - American Family Physician

May 15, 2021 - Advertisement AFP BY TOPIC COVID-19 Editors' Choice of Best Available Content COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by an enveloped single-stranded RNA novel coronavirus, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), that was declared a pandemic by the World...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

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The Preparticipation Physical Evaluation - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

May 1, 2021 - The preparticipation physical evaluation (PPE) is a common reason for young athletes to see a primary care physician. An annual PPE is required by most state high school athletic associations for participation in school-based sports, although there is limited evidence to support its ...

American Family Physician : Article

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FM/a Blood Test for Diagnosis of Fibromyalgia - Diagnostic Tests: What Physicians Need ... Restricted content. Login required.

May 1, 2021 - Limited data suggest that the FM/a test accurately differentiates patients with fibromyalgia from healthy controls and has some ability to differentiate fibromyalgia from other rheumatologic diseases.

American Family Physician : Diagnostic Tests: What Physicians Need to Know

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Interpreting SARS-CoV-2 Diagnostic Tests: Common Questions and Answers - American ...

Apr 15, 2021 - SARS-CoV-2 is the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The spectrum of asymptomatic, presymptomatic, and symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 transmission presents challenges for evaluating SARS-CoV-2 test performance for diagnostic or screening purposes and for interpreting test results. ...

American Family Physician : Article

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Screening for Hepatitis B Virus Infection in Adolescents and Adults - Putting ... Restricted content. Login required.

Apr 15, 2021 - A 15-year-old adolescent, J.M., presents for a well-child examination. J.M. was born in Central America before moving to the United States eight years ago with their family. J.M. reports that their older sibling, who lives at home, was diagnosed with hepatitis B virus infection last ...

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

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Screening for Hepatitis B Virus Infection in Adolescents and Adults: Recommendation ...

Apr 15, 2021 - The USPSTF recommends screening for hepatitis B virus infection in adolescents and adults at increased risk for infection.

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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0415/p495.html

Cerebrospinal Fluid Analysis - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Apr 1, 2021 - Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) analysis is a diagnostic tool for many conditions affecting the central nervous system. Urgent indications for lumbar puncture include suspected central nervous system infection or subarachnoid hemorrhage. CSF analysis is not necessarily diagnostic but can be ...

American Family Physician : Article

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Chronic Insomnia Disorder: Updated Guidelines from the ... Restricted content. Login required.

Apr 1, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense (VA/DoD) approved a clinical practice guideline for the management of obstructive sleep apnea and chronic insomnia disorder.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0401/p442.html

Digital Breast Tomosynthesis for Breast Cancer Screening - Diagnostic Tests: What ... Restricted content. Login required.

Apr 1, 2021 - There is currently not enough evidence to replace digital mammography with digital breast tomosynthesis for breast cancer screening in women at average or high risk.

American Family Physician : Diagnostic Tests: What Physicians Need to Know

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Screening for High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents - Putting Prevention into... Restricted content. Login required.

Mar 15, 2021 - A 10-year-old boy with obesity and a family history significant for hypertension and hyperlipidemia presents to your clinic for a well-child examination. The parents are concerned about their child 's risk for hypertension and ask whether they should be monitoring his blood pressure.

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

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Canadian Syncope Risk Score: A Validated Risk Stratification Tool - Point-of-Care ... Restricted content. Login required.

Mar 15, 2021 - Which adults presenting to an emergency department with syncope should be hospitalized?

American Family Physician : Point-of-Care Guides

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Colonoscopy Follow-up: U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer Updates ... Restricted content. Login required.

Mar 1, 2021 - Screening colonoscopy findings define the future risk of colorectal cancer and the need for repeat screening. The U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer updated recommended follow-up intervals after screening colonoscopy in average-risk individuals.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

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Structural MRI for the Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer Disease in Patients with MCI - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Mar 1, 2021 - There is insufficient evidence to recommend structural brain magnetic resonance imaging to diagnose Alzheimer disease in patients with mild cognitive impairment.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

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Serum Lactate Testing to Predict Mortality in Patients with Sepsis - Diagnostic Tests: ... Restricted content. Login required.

Mar 1, 2021 - Management of patients with sepsis is challenging and mortality is high. Early diagnosis and prompt initiation of therapy are essential. Higher lactate levels correlate with increased risk of mortality, particularly with lactate levels greater than 4.0 mmol per L and in the setting of ...

American Family Physician : Diagnostic Tests: What Physicians Need to Know

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Bone Mineral Density Testing: One and Done - POEMs - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Mar 1, 2021 - Rechecking bone mineral density (BMD) after three years does not add additional prognostic information. Serial BMD testing is not useful in estimating fracture risk and assessing the need for treatment because BMD does not change much within three years.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0301/p311.html

Screening for High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents: U.S. Preventive Services...

Feb 15, 2021 - The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for high blood pressure in children and adolescents.

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

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Brief Cognitive Testing in the Detection and Diagnosis of Clinical Alzheimer-Type ... Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2021 - In adults with suspected cognitive impairment, what is the utility of brief cognitive testing in detecting clinical Alzheimer-type dementia and distinguishing it from mild cognitive impairment or normal cognition?

American Family Physician : Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care Reviews

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QuantiFERON-TB Gold+ for the Diagnosis of Mycobacterium tuberculosis Infection - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2021 - QuantiFERON-TB Gold+ testing for the diagnosis of active or latent TB is easily interpreted and more specific than tuberculin skin testing in BCG-vaccinated populations. In environments with an easily accessible laboratory, it may be a preferred option for diagnosing latent TB.

American Family Physician : Diagnostic Tests: What Physicians Need to Know

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0201/p177.html

Screening for Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia with Patient-Collected HPV Samples - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Feb 1, 2021 - How useful are patient-collected human papillomavirus vaginal swabs as a screening test for cervical intraepithelial neoplasia?

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

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Widening Disease Definitions: What Can Physicians Do? - Editorials - American Family ...

Feb 1, 2021 - Disease definitions are often broadened over time to include milder and earlier cases. A strong driver for such definitional changes is the belief that they will benefit patients by preventing more severe disease or future complications.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0201/p138.html

Hip Pain in Adults: Evaluation and Differential Diagnosis - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Jan 15, 2021 - Adults commonly present to their family physicians with hip pain, and diagnosing the cause is important for prescribing effective therapy. Hip pain is usually located anteriorly, laterally, or posteriorly. Anterior hip pain includes referred pain from intra-abdominal or intrapelvic ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0115/p81.html

Dysphagia: Evaluation and Collaborative Management - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Jan 15, 2021 - Dysphagia is common but may be underreported. Specific symptoms, rather than their perceived location, should guide the initial evaluation and imaging. Obstructive symptoms that seem to originate in the throat or neck may actually be caused by distal esophageal lesions. Oropharyngeal ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0115/p97.html

Screening for Unhealthy Drug Use: Recommendation Statement - U.S. Preventive Services ...

Jan 15, 2021 - The USPSTF recommends screening by asking questions about unhealthy drug use in adults age 18 years or older. Screening should be implemented when services for accurate diagnosis, effective treatment, and appropriate care can be offered or referred.

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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0115/p107.html

Evidence Lacking to Support Universal Unhealthy Drug Use Screening - Editorials - ...

Jan 15, 2021 - To address the growing problem of unhealthy drug use, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently updated its recommendations on screening for unhealthy drug use in adults and adolescents. For the first time, the USPSTF recommends screening adults 18 years and older by ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2021/0115/p72.html

Breast Cancer Screening: Common Questions and Answers - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Jan 1, 2021 - Breast cancer is the most common nonskin cancer in women and accounts for 30% of all new cancers in the United States. The highest incidence of breast cancer is in women 70 to 74 years of age. Numerous risk factors are associated with the development of breast cancer. A risk assessment ...

American Family Physician : Article

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Diagnostic Imaging: Appropriate and Safe Use - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Jan 1, 2021 - The use of diagnostic radiography has doubled in the past two decades. Image Gently (children) and Image Wisely (adults) are multidisciplinary initiatives that seek to reduce radiation exposure by eliminating unnecessary procedures and offering best practices. Patients with an estimated...

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CT Colonography for Colorectal Cancer Screening - Diagnostic Tests: What Physicians ... Restricted content. Login required.

Jan 1, 2021 - Computed tomography colonography performs well for colorectal cancer screening. Long-term studies are needed to demonstrate its impact on patient morbidity and mortality, as well as to determine the risks, benefits, and costs.

American Family Physician : Diagnostic Tests: What Physicians Need to Know

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Acute Chest Pain in Adults: Outpatient Evaluation - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 15, 2020 - Approximately 1% of primary care office visits are for chest pain, and 2% to 4% of these patients will have unstable angina or myocardial infarction. Initial evaluation is based on determining whether the patient needs to be referred to a higher level of care to rule out acute coronary ...

American Family Physician : Article

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Preoperative Evaluation and Frailty Assessment in Older Patients - Lown Right Care: ... Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 15, 2020 - A collaboration between AFP and the Lown Institute promotes a vision of delivering health care that is based on the evidence, balanced in its approach, and focused on the patient.

American Family Physician : Lown Right Care: Reducing Overuse and Underuse

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Fecal Occult Blood Testing Is Inaccurate as Part of Diagnostic Workup - POEMs - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Dec 1, 2020 - In this well-conducted systematic review, FOBT, although useful in screening for colorectal cancer, is not highly accurate in evaluating patients with clinical indications.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1201/p692.html

Evidence to Avoid Overtesting and Overuse in Diabetes Mellitus and Other Diseases - ...

Nov 15, 2020 - What can physicians do to avoid overuse? Start by asking the right questions.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1115/p583.html

KardiaMobile for ECG Monitoring and Arrhythmia Diagnosis - Diagnostic Tests: What ... Restricted content. Login required.

Nov 1, 2020 - KardiaMobile is a mobile single lead ECG device that is FDA approved for detection of atrial fibrillation, bradycardia, and tachycardia.

American Family Physician : Diagnostic Tests: What Physicians Need to Know

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1101/p562.html

Persistent Night Sweats: Diagnostic Evaluation - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2020 - Night sweats are a nonspecific symptom that patients commonly experience but rarely discuss with their physicians without prompting. Although many life-threatening causes such as malignancies or infections have been described, most patients who report persistent night sweats in the ...

American Family Physician : Article

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Acute Appendicitis: Computed Tomography for Diagnosis in Adults - Cochrane for ... Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2020 - In a nonpregnant adult with clinical signs and symptoms of appendicitis, computed tomography has a sensitivity of 95% and specificity of 94%.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1001/p403.html

Screening for Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Adolescents and Adults: Recommendation ...

Sep 15, 2020 - The USPSTF recommends screening for hepatitis C virus infection in adults aged 18 to 79 years.

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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0915/p363.html

Diverticulitis: Predicting Which Patients with Acute Abdominal Pain Have the Disease - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Sep 15, 2020 - Is it possible to determine which patients with acute abdominal pain are likely to have diverticulitis and therefore do not require imaging?

American Family Physician : Point-of-Care Guides

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Screening for Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Adolescents and Adults - Putting ... Restricted content. Login required.

Sep 15, 2020 - M.S. is a 20-year-old man who presents for a preemployment physical examination. He states that he is single, has two or three drinks per month on social occasions, does not smoke, is sexually active, and does not use illicit drugs.

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0915/p367.html

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

Health Equity in Preventive Services: The Role of Primary Care - Editorials - American ...

Sep 1, 2020 - Groups that are least likely to receive preventive screening or to have timely, high-quality follow-up include those with limited or no health insurance, limited education and literacy, and no regular source of care, as well as those who are subject to discrimination based on racial, ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0901/p264.html

Placental Alpha Macroglobulin-1 (PartoSure) Immunoassay to Assess the Risk of ... Restricted content. Login required.

Sep 1, 2020 - Placental alpha macroglobulin-1 (PartoSure) is an immunoassay that measures the presence of placental alpha macroglobulin-1 (PAMG-1). PartoSure is used to assess the risk of spontaneous preterm birth and may be a useful adjunct to determine which patients with threatened preterm labor ...

American Family Physician : Diagnostic Tests: What Physicians Need to Know

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0901/p269.html

Colorectal Cancer Screening: ACP Guidance Statements - Practice Guidelines - American ... Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 15, 2020 - The American College of Physicians developed a consensus statement for colorectal cancer screening of average-risk adults based on their review of six independent guidelines and supporting evidence.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

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Colorectal Cancer Screening: BMJ Rapid Recommendation - Practice Guidelines - American ... Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 15, 2020 - Colorectal cancer (CRC) screening recommendations vary because the underlying evidence is low quality, with few screening methods evaluated by randomized trials. The BMJ/MAGIC Group performed a systematic review based on 15-year CRC risk models to compare screening options.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0815/p253.html

Intrapartum Fetal Monitoring - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2020 - Continuous electronic fetal monitoring was developed to screen for signs of hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, cerebral palsy, and impending fetal death during labor. Because these events have a low prevalence, continuous electronic fetal monitoring has a false-positive rate of 99%. The ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0801/p158.html

Fetal Fibronectin Testing in Threatened Preterm Labor - Medicine by the Numbers - ... Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 1, 2020 - Fetal fibronectin testing is a common clinical test, performed via cervicovaginal secretion swab after 22 weeks of pregnancy, and is used to identify women at increased risk for preterm delivery. Learn more about the benefits and harms of fetal fibronectin testing in threatened preterm ...

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0801/p145.html

Increasing the D-dimer Threshold for Patients with Low Clinical Pretest Probability ... Restricted content. Login required.

Jul 15, 2020 - The Pulmonary Embolism Graduated d-Dimer strategy increases the number of patients in the emergency department and outpatient setting who have PE ruled out via d-dimer testing, thus decreasing the need for chest imaging.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0715/p117a.html

Screening for Bacterial Vaginosis in Pregnant Persons to Prevent Preterm Delivery: ...

Jul 15, 2020 - The USPSTF recommends against screening for bacterial vaginosis in pregnant persons who are not at increased risk for preterm delivery.

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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0715/p105.html

Closing Primary and Prenatal Care Gaps to Prevent Congenital Syphilis - Editorials - ...

Jul 15, 2020 - Family physicians can prevent congenital syphilis by following national screening guidelines; taking accurate, detailed sexual histories; providing evidence-based interventions to people who use injection drugs; and advocating to reduce structural barriers to care.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0715/p78.html

Mailing gFOBT or FIT Directly to Patients Increases Uptake of Colorectal Cancer ... Restricted content. Login required.

Jul 15, 2020 - Mailed outreach significantly increases rates of colorectal cancer screening, with four tests needing to be mailed to screen one person.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0715/p117.html

Cervical Colposcopy: Indications and Risk Assessment - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Jul 1, 2020 - The practice of colposcopy, a diagnostic procedure to evaluate for vaginal, vulvar, and cervical dysplasia, has evolved to incorporate patient risk factors for high-grade cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) and cancer. Changes in cervical cancer screening and guidelines, human ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0701/p39.html

PAULA’s Test for Lung Cancer Screening - Diagnostic Tests: What Physicians Need to Know... Restricted content. Login required.

Jul 1, 2020 - Because of insufficient evidence of benefit, no recommendations can be made regarding PAULA's test. Prospective cohort studies of a screening population and randomized controlled trials comparing cancer mortality outcomes using PAULA's test vs. low-dose CT and no screening are needed ...

American Family Physician : Diagnostic Tests: What Physicians Need to Know

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0701/p53.html

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