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

Dec 15, 2012 - Yes: This Should Be the Target for Most Patients

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1215/od1.html

Edoxaban (Savaysa) for the Prevention of Thromboembolic Events - STEPS - American ...

Apr 15, 2018 - Edoxaban is an alternative to warfarin and other oral anticoagulants for the prevention of stroke in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation and for the treatment of deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0415/p529.html

Educational Guidelines for Achieving Tight Control and Minimizing Complications of Type...

Nov 1, 1999 - Tight glucose control with intensive therapy in patients with type 1 diabetes (formerly known as juvenile-onset or insulin-dependent diabetes) can delay the onset and slow the progression of retinopathy, nephropathy and neuropathy. Optimal blood glucose control is defined by a target ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/1101/p1985.html

Effect of Antiepileptic Drugs on Oral Contraceptives - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - ...

Sep 1, 2008 - We found no studies that measure, or even estimate, any increase in pregnancy rates in women taking antiepileptic drugs. Antiepileptic drugs known to induce the hepatic cytochrome P450 (CYP450) isoenzyme cause decreased sex hormone levels in women taking oral contraceptives, raising the...

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0901/p634.html

Effect of Cocoa on Blood Pressure - Cochrane for Clinicians - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2013 - Consuming 50 g of cocoa daily will lower blood pressure 2 to 3 mm Hg on average in adults with hypertension. Evidence of improved patient-oriented outcomes does not exist.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0401/p484.html

Effect of Dietary Changes on IBS Symptoms - FPIN's Help Desk Answers - American Family ...

Sep 1, 2018 - A diet low in fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols (FOD-MAPs) decreases IBS symptoms and improves quality of life compared with usual diet.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0901/od1.html

Effect of Exercise Intensity on Osteoarthritis - Cochrane for Clinicians - American ...

Sep 1, 2004 - Although land-based exercise improves physical function, there is no evidence that high-intensity cycling offers benefits over low-intensity cycling for patients with osteoarthritis of the knee.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0901/p865.html

Effective Management of Flatulence - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2009 - Probiotics and rifaximin (Xifaxan) have been shown to reduce total number of flatus episodes and associated discomfort.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0615/p1098.html

Effective Therapies for Intermittent Claudication - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - ...

Sep 15, 2011 - Supervised exercise programs are recommended to produce clinically significant improvements in walking distance in patients with stable intermittent claudication.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0915/p699.html

Effective Use of Statins to Prevent Coronary Heart Disease - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2001 - Primary and secondary prevention trials have shown that use of 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase inhibitors (also known as statins) to lower an elevated low-density lipoprotein cholesterol level can substantially reduce coronary events and death from coronary heart ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/0115/p309.html

Effectiveness and Safety of Celecoxib for the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis - ...

May 1, 2018 - Compared with placebo, celecoxib improves pain (number needed to treat [NNT] = 4) and clinical symptoms (NNT = 7), but it has no effect on physical function in patients with RA.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0501/p573.html

Effectiveness and Safety of Factor Xa Inhibitors in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation -...

Oct 1, 2019 - Treatment of AFib with a factor Xa inhibitor results in a decrease in the combined end point of stroke and embolic events (odds ratio [OR] = 0.89; 95% CI, 0.82 to 0.97), as well as a decrease in intracranial hemorrhage (OR = 0.50; 95% CI, 0.42 to 0.59) and all-cause mortality (OR = ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1001/p405.html

Effectiveness of Acamprosate in the Treatment of Alcohol Dependence - Cochrane for ...

Mar 1, 2011 - When used in conjunction with detoxification and psychosocial interventions for treating alcohol dependence, acamprosate can reduce the risk of any return to drinking and improve cumulative abstinence rates.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0301/p522.html

Effectiveness of Antidepressants Compared with Placebo for Depression in Primary Care -...

Jul 1, 2010 - Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are more effective than placebo for the treatment of depression in primary care settings.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0701/p42.html

Effectiveness of Brief Alcohol Interventions in Primary Care - Cochrane for Clinicians ...

Mar 1, 2009 - For men who engage in excessive or hazardous drinking and present to their primary care physician for issues not specifically related to alcohol treatment, an intervention of one to four sessions administered by a physician, nurse, or psychologist is effective in reducing weekly alcohol...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0301/p370.html

Effectiveness of Bronchodilators for Bronchiolitis Treatment - Cochrane for Clinicians ...

May 1, 2011 - Bronchodilators may transiently improve the clinical status of infants with bronchiolitis and no prior history of wheezing. However, moderately strong evidence shows that key outcomes such as oxygen saturation, need for hospitalization, length of hospitalization, and duration of ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0501/p1045.html

Effectiveness of Dressings for Healing Venous Leg Ulcers - Cochrane for Clinicians - ...

Mar 1, 2007 - No single dressing or type of dressing appears to be superior to others in the complete healing of ulcers or in healing rate.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0301/p649.html

Effectiveness of Insulin Sensitizing Drugs for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome - Cochrane for...

Nov 1, 2007 - Insulin sensitizing drugs are more effective than oral contraceptives alone at improving fasting insulin levels in patients with PCOS. Compared with metformin (Glucophage) alone, oral contraceptives alone better control irregular menstrual cycles and reduce androgen levels. There is ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/1101/p1308.html

Effectiveness of Intrapartum Antibiotics for Meconium-Stained Amniotic Fluid - Medicine...

Nov 1, 2018 - This review concluded that there is insufficient evidence to recommend prophylactic intrapartum antibiotics in laboring women with meconium-stained amniotic fluid because of the lack of difference in rates of neonatal sepsis between the antibiotic and placebo groups.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1101/od1.html

Effectiveness of Moisturizers in the Treatment of Patients with Eczema - Cochrane for ...

Jan 1, 2018 - Moisturizers decrease the rate of eczema flare-ups by 3.7 times vs. no treatment (number needed to treat [NNT] = 4), as well as the amount of topical corticosteroids used per eczema flare-up (9.3 g less). Adverse effects are minimal.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0101/p18.html

Effectiveness of Outpatient Case Management for Adults - Implementing AHRQ Effective ...

Oct 1, 2014 - Does outpatient case management for adults with medical illness and complex care needs improve patient-centered outcomes, quality of care, or resource utilization?

American Family Physician : Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care Reviews

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/1001/p481.html

Effectiveness of Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors for Irritable Bowel Syndrome -...

Nov 1, 2015 - Studies show that 1 in 4 had improved bloating and stool consistency, and less interference with daily life, while only 1 in 9 experiences medication related adverse effects. Want to know more?

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1101/od1.html

Effectiveness of Skin-to-Skin Care for Procedure-Related Pain in Newborns - Cochrane ...

Feb 1, 2018 - Skin-to-skin care, also known as kangaroo care, effectively reduces physiologic and behavioral measures of pain in neonates during painful procedures and has no identified adverse effects. Infants who received skin-to-skin care during painful procedures had a heart rate of 10.8 beats ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0201/p170.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

Effects of Altered Dietary Salt Intake in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease - ...

Apr 1, 2017 - Reducing salt intake lowers blood pressure and reduces proteinuria in patients with CKD, but there is no evidence to determine whether lowering salt consumption leads to clinically significant reductions in end-stage renal disease, cardiovascular events, or all-cause mortality.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0401/p423.html

Effects of Omega-3 Fatty Acids on Cardiovascular Health - Editorials - American Family ...

Jul 1, 2004 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Jul 1, 2004 Issue Effects of Omega-3 Fatty Acids on Cardiovascular Health LAWRENCE J. APPEL, M.D., M.P.H. Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Baltimore, Maryland Am Fam Physician. 2004 Jul ;70(1):34-35. Related Article The potential...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0701/p34.html

Effects of Yoga in Patients with Asthma - Cochrane for Clinicians - American Family ...

Aug 1, 2017 - Regular yoga improves quality of life as measured on the Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire (mean difference = 0.57 units on a seven-point scale; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.37 to 0.77); improves asthma symptoms (standardized mean difference = 0.37; 95% CI, 0.09 to 0.65); and ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0801/p159.html

Efficacy of Direct-Acting Antivirals Compared with Older Agents for Hepatitis C - ...

Jun 1, 2017 - Although they help patients achieve sustained viralogic response, expensive direct-acting antivirals have yet to show that they can succeed in meeting top-priority treatment goals.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0601/od1.html

Elagolix (Orilissa) for Endometriosis Pain - STEPS - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2019 - Elagolix can decrease pain in women with endometriosis, but it is expensive and has adverse effects similar to those of other medications that decrease estrogen levels.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1015/p502.html

Elbasvir/Grazoprevir (Zepatier) for Hepatitis C Virus Infection - STEPS - American ...

Mar 15, 2017 - Elbasvir/grazoprevir is a safe and effective treatment for HCV genotypes 1 and 4, with or without compensated cirrhosis or HIV-1 coinfection. Patients with renal impairment, including those on hemodialysis, can use the medication.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0315/p393.html

Electronic Cigarettes for Smoking Cessation - Cochrane for Clinicians - American Family...

Feb 1, 2016 - Electronic cigarettes with nicotine increase smoking cessation rates compared with placebo, with effectiveness similar to that of nicotine patches. In addition, more patients using electronic cigarettes with nicotine were able to halve their use of cigarettes than those using placebo ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0201/p178.html

Electronic Cigarettes for Smoking Cessation - FPIN's Help Desk Answers - American ...

Mar 15, 2016 - Nicotine-containing e-cigarettes may be more effective than placebo devices for smoking cessation. They may also aid in smoking reduction, but the quality of available evidence is low. Little is known about their safety.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0315/p492.html

Electrosurgery for the Skin - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2002 - The purposes of electrosurgery are to destroy benign and malignant lesions, control bleeding, and cut or excise tissue. The major modalities in electrosurgery are electrodesiccation, fulguration, electrocoagulation, and electrosection. Electrosurgery can be used for incisional ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/1001/p1259.html

Emergency Contraception - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2004 - Women can use emergency contraception to prevent pregnancy after known or suspected failure of birth control or after unprotected intercourse. Many patients do not ask for emergency contraception because they do not know of its availability. Emergency contraception has been an off-label...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0815/p707.html

Emergency Contraception: AAP Review - Practice Guidelines - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2006 - The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that education and counseling about emergency contraception be incorporated into the annual preventive visits of adolescent patients when issues of sexuality are addressed.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0101/p168.html

Emergency Contraception: An Ongoing Debate - Editorials - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2004 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Aug 15, 2004 Issue Editorials Emergency Contraception: An Ongoing Debate CAROLINE WELLBERY M.D., Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, D.C. Am Fam Physician. 2004 Aug 15;70((4)):655-659. Related Article From a...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0815/p655.html

Emergency Contraception: Still Not Too Late - Editorials - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2000 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Nov 15, 2000 Issue Editorials Emergency Contraception: Still Not Too Late CAROLINE WELLBERY, M.D., Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, D.C. Am Fam Physician. 2000 Nov 15;62(10):2222-2226. Related Article Related...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/1115/p2222.html

Emergency Postcoital Contraception - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2000 - Emergency postcoital contraception, a method used to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sexual intercourse, is a highly effective but underutilized birth control option. Two hormone regimens, ethinyl estradiol (100 microg) with levonorgestrel (0.5 mg) or high-dose levonorgestrel (0.75 ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/1115/p2287.html

Empagliflozin (Jardiance) for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus - STEPS - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2016 - Empagliflozin can be added to existing type 2 diabetes treatment to lower A1C levels, although there are less expensive options. In older patients with preexisting cardiovascular disease, empagliflozin can decrease all-cause mortality, cardiovascular mortality, and hospitalization for ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1215/p1014.html

End-of-Life Care: Managing Common Symptoms - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2017 - Physicians should be proficient at managing symptoms as patients progress through the dying process. When possible, proactive regimens that prevent symptoms should be used, because it is generally easier to prevent than to treat an acute symptom. As swallowing function diminishes, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0315/p356.html

End-stage Renal Disease - Clinical Evidence Handbook - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2010 - What are the effects of different doses for peritoneal dialysis? What are the effects of different doses and membrane fluxes for hemodialysis? What are the effects of interventions aimed at preventing secondary complications?

American Family Physician : Clinical Evidence Handbook

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1215/p1512.html

End-Stage Renal Disease: Symptom Management and Advance Care Planning - American Family...

Apr 1, 2012 - The prevalence of end-stage renal disease continues to increase, and dialysis is offered to older and more medically complex patients. Pain is problematic in up to one-half of patients receiving dialysis and may result from renal and nonrenal etiologies. Opioids can be prescribed ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0401/p705.html

Endocrine Society Releases Guidelines on Diagnosis and Management of ...

Jul 15, 2013 - The Endocrine Society recently published evidence-based recommendations on the diagnosis and management of hypertriglyceridemia in adults. Contributing factors include overweight and obesity, physical inactivity, excessive alcohol intake, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes mellitus, ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0715/p142.html

Envenomations: An Overview of Clinical Toxinology for the Primary Care Physician - ...

Oct 15, 2009 - About 4,000 to 6,000 venomous snakebites occur each year in the United States. Although these envenomations (also known as envenomings) are rarely fatal, about 70 percent require antivenom therapy. Few evidence-based guidelines are available for the management of envenomation. Antivenom...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/1015/p793.html

Environmental Control of Allergic Diseases - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2002 - Allergic disease affects millions of persons in the United States. Environmental control measures are essential for persons who are sensitive to dust mite and cat allergens and may be important in persons who are sensitive to cockroaches and fungus. The bedroom is the most important ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0801/p421.html

Epidural Analgesia and Risk of Cesarean Delivery - FPIN's Help Desk Answers - American ...

Nov 1, 2018 - There is no difference in the risk of cesarean delivery in women who receive epidural analgesia before 4 to 5 cm cervical dilation compared with later dilation.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1101/od2.html

Epidural Analgesia During Labor - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 1998 - Epidural analgesia is a commonly employed technique of providing pain relief during labor. The number of parturients given intrapartum epidural analgesia is reported to be over 50 percent at many institutions in the United States. The procedure has few contraindications, the primary ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/1115/p1785.html

Epidural Analgesia for Labor Pain - Cochrane for Clinicians - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2012 - Compared with other types of analgesia or no analgesia, epidurals offered better pain relief, but were associated with a longer second stage of labor and increased risk of instrumental vaginal delivery, maternal fever, and oxytocin (Pitocin) administration. There were no statistically ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0801/p241.html

Epidural Steroid Injections Ineffective for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis - POEMs - American ...

Dec 1, 2014 - Epidural glucocorticoid injections are ineffective for lumbar spinal stenosis. Whether this will change practice for this lucrative procedure will be an interesting question.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/1201/p795a.html

Epidural Steroid Not Better Than Placebo Injection for Sciatica and Spinal Stenosis ...

Feb 15, 2016 - It is hard to figure out what to do with these results. On the one hand, steroid injection did not provide a significant benefit compared with placebo injection in patients with radicular pain or spinal stenosis. However, part of the reason for this may be the significant and sustained ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0215/p315a.html

Epilepsy - Clinical Evidence Handbook - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2009 - What are the benefits and risks of starting antiepileptic drug treatment after a single seizure? What are the effects of monotherapy in newly diagnosed partial epilepsy? What are the effects of monotherapy in newly diagnosed generalized epilepsy (tonic-clonic type)?

American Family Physician : Clinical Evidence Handbook

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/1115/p1151.html

Epilepsy: Treatment Options - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2017 - The occurrence of a single seizure does not always require initiation of antiepileptic drugs. Risk of recurrent seizures should guide their use. In adults, key risk factors for recurrence are two unprovoked seizures occurring more than 24 hours apart, epileptiform abnormalities on ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0715/p87.html

Epistaxis: Outpatient Management - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2018 - Epistaxis is a common emergency encountered by primary care physicians. Up to 60% of the general population experience epistaxis, and 6% seek medical attention for it. More than 90% of cases arise from the anterior nasal circulation, and most treatments can be easily performed in the ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0815/p240.html

Eplerenone (Inspra) for Hypertension - STEPS - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2004 - Compared with other commonly used antihypertensive medications, eplerenone is effective in lowering blood pressure when used alone or as add-on therapy. However, mortality benefits related to antihypertensive treatment have not yet been shown, so it should not be considered a first-line...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0215/p915.html

Epley Maneuver Effective in the Long Term for Positional Vertigo - POEMs - American ...

Nov 1, 2014 - How often do patients walk into our offices with a problem and walk out cured? The Epley maneuver, which is not particularly difficult to do, results in the long-term (at least one year) resolution of posterior canal benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. A video of the maneuver can be ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/1101/p660.html

Erenumab (Aimovig) for Migraine Prophylaxis in Adults - STEPS - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2019 - Erenumab is a safe option for migraine prophylaxis in adults. However, it is expensive and should be reserved for patients who have experienced intolerable adverse effects while taking oral migraine prophylaxis medication or who have poor adherence to daily preventive treatment.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0615/p781.html

Escitalopram (Lexapro) for Depression. - STEPS - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 2003 - While escitalopram has proved to be an effective treatment for major depression, it has not been shown to be significantly more effective, safer, or better tolerated than citalopram or other antidepressants.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/1201/p2235.html

Essentials of Skin Laceration Repair - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2008 - Skin laceration repair is an important skill in family medicine. Sutures, tissue adhesives, staples, and skin-closure tapes are options in the outpatient setting. Physicians should be familiar with various suturing techniques, including simple, running, and half-buried mattress (corner)...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/1015/p945.html

Estrogen No Better Than Vaginal Lubricant for Postmenopausal Vaginal Symptoms - POEMs -...

Nov 15, 2018 - It is time to rethink the idea that vaginal atrophy caused by diminished estrogen is the cause of vaginal symptoms associated with menopause. Vaginal estradiol is no more effective than a non-prescription vaginal lubricant or placebo lubricant in the treatment of women with painful ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1115/od3.html

Eszopiclone (Lunesta) for Treatment of Transient and Chronic Insomnia - STEPS - ...

Jun 15, 2005 - Similar to other hypnotic drugs, eszopiclone treats the symptom of insomnia and not the underlying cause. It offers no advantage over other nonbenzodiazepine hypnotic agents for transient insomnia and it therefore should be considered a second-line agent.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0615/p2359.html

Ethinyl Estradiol/Drospirenone (Yasmin): A Newer Oral Contraceptive - STEPS - American ...

May 15, 2004 - An effective oral contraceptive, ethinyl estradiol/drospirenone can elevate potassium levels when given in combination with other potassium-elevating agents and offers no advantage over traditional oral contraceptives.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0515/p2425.html

Ethinyl Estradiol/Levonorgestrel (Seasonale) for Oral Contraception - STEPS - American ...

Apr 15, 2005 - Women using ethinyl estradiol/levonorgestrel can expect similar or improved effectiveness and fewer menstrual cycles. Due in part to an increased incidence of unexpected bleeding in the first six months of use, a greater percentage of women will discontinue this regimen than will those ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0415/p1581.html

Evaluating and Understanding Articles About Treatment - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2009 - Each year physicians must decide which of the thousands of newly published articles they will take time to read. To determine which articles are the most clinically useful, physicians should assess their relevance, validity, and clinical importance. Using these criteria can drastically ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0415/p668.html

Evaluating Benefits and Harms of Anticoagulation in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation -...

Dec 15, 2018 - In patients with NVAF, anticoagulants decrease the risk of stroke by approximately 60%. However, they also significantly increase the risk of a major bleeding event or intracranial hemorrhage.

American Family Physician : Point-of-Care Guides

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1215/p751.html

Evaluating the Safety and Effectiveness of New Drugs - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2010 - Prescribers seek to provide their patients with access to the latest innovations in medicine to maximize their health status. When a new drug comes to market, it often has not been as widely tested as other available therapies, and its effectiveness and safety cannot be fully evaluated....

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0701/p53.html

Evaluation and Management of the Patient with Difficult-to-Control or Resistant ...

May 15, 2009 - High blood pressure is often difficult to control. Resistant hypertension is blood pressure above goal despite adherence to a combination of at least three antihypertensive medications of different classes, optimally dosed and usually including a diuretic. The approach to blood pressure...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0515/p863.html

Evaluation and Treatment of Acute Low Back Pain - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2007 - Acute low back pain with or without sciatica usually is self-limited and has no serious underlying pathology. For most patients, reassurance, pain medications, and advice to stay active are sufficient. A more thorough evaluation is required in selected patients with

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0415/p1181.html

Evaluation and Treatment of Hematospermia - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2009 - Hematospermia can be a distressing symptom for patients, but most cases are effectively managed by a primary care physician. Although the condition is usually benign, significant underlying pathology must be excluded by history, physical examination, laboratory evaluation, and, in ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/1215/p1421.html

Evaluation and Treatment of the Child with Febrile Seizure - American Family Physician

May 15, 2006 - Up to 5 percent of children in North America and western Europe experience at least one episode of febrile seizure before six years of age. Most of these seizures are self-limited and patients do not require treatment. Continuous therapy after the seizure is not effective in reducing ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0515/p1761.html

Evening Primrose Oil - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2009 - Evening primrose oil (Oenothera biennis) is a commonly used alternative therapy and a rich source of omega-6 essential fatty acids. It is best known for its use in the treatment of systemic diseases marked by chronic inflammation, such as atopic dermatitis and rheumatoid arthritis. It ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/1215/p1405.html

Evidence Does Not Show Benefit of Treating Mycoplasma Pneumonia in Children - POEMs - ...

Jan 15, 2015 - After all these years of knowing about Mycoplasma pneumoniae as a cause of lower respiratory tract infections and the effectiveness of various antibiotics against it in a Petri dish, we still do not know whether treating mycoplasma pneumonia in children is effective. This study does not...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0115/p132.html

Evidence for the Use of Intramuscular Injections in Outpatient Practice - American ...

Feb 15, 2009 - There are few studies comparing the outcomes of patients who are treated with oral versus intramuscular antibiotics, corticosteroids, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or vitamin B12. This may lead to confusion about when the intramuscular route is indicated. For example, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0215/p297.html

Evidence-Based Adjustment of Warfarin (Coumadin) Doses - Point-of-Care Guides - ...

May 15, 2005 - A previous Point-of-Care Guides article,1 presented several validated approaches to the initiation of anticoagulation therapy with warfarin. Once a patient is receiving warfarin, it is important to have a systematic approach to the management of anticoagulation and adjustment of ...

American Family Physician : Point-of-Care Guides

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0515/p1979.html

Evidence-Based Initiation of Warfarin (Coumadin) - Point-of-Care Guides - American ...

Feb 15, 2005 - Many physicians continue to use clinical judgment alone as the basis for initiating and adjusting warfarin dosages in patients who require oral anticoagulation. A number of studies have validated approaches to initiation of anticoagulation that provide more rapid anticoagulation with ...

American Family Physician : Point-of-Care Guides

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0215/p763.html

Evolocumab (Repatha) for the Treatment of Hyperlipidemia - STEPS - American Family ...

Nov 15, 2016 - Evolocumab is generally safe and effective at lowering serum LDL cholesterol levels for select patients who need marked cholesterol reduction and can tolerate injections. However, it remains unknown whether evolocumab prevents premature death from cardiovascular events.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1115/p843.html

Exenatide Injection (Byetta): Adjunctive Therapy for Glycemic Control - STEPS - ...

Jun 15, 2006 - Exenatide is an injectable treatment for type 2 diabetes. Its use requires patient education and strict monitoring of glucose levels because of the difficulty of its administration; therefore, it may not be a safe or practical option for patients who are not willing or able to ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0615/p2213.html

Exercise Effective for Depression in Older Patients - POEMs - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2013 - An organized exercise program for older patients, which may include strength training, endurance training, or both, may be helpful for some patients with symptoms of depression. The results will not be striking, but exercise is an option for patients willing to participate.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/1215/od2.html

Exercise for Older Patients Who Are Acutely Hospitalized - Cochrane for Clinicians - ...

Jul 1, 2007 - The effects of exercise interventions on functional outcomes are unclear, but there is a trend toward functional improvement. Multidisciplinary interventions that include exercise also show several other benefits, including reduction in length of hospitalization and hospital costs; ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0701/p69.html

Exercise for Osteoarthritis of the Knee - Cochrane for Clinicians - American Family ...

Nov 1, 2015 - Land-based exercise programs reduce knee pain and improve quality of life and physical function following treatment in patients with knee osteoarthritis.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1101/p774.html

Exercise for the Management of Cancer-Related Fatigue - Cochrane for Clinicians - ...

Oct 1, 2009 - Aerobic and resistance-training exercise programs lead to decreased overall fatigue and an improved quality of life during and after treatment of cancer.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/1001/p689.html

Exercise for the Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - ...

Sep 1, 2011 - Regular exercise reduces osteoarthritic knee pain and improves functioning.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0901/od1.html

Exercise for Treatment of the Vasomotor Symptoms of Menopause - Cochrane for Clinicians...

Feb 1, 2012 - Although menopausal women who exercise are less likely to report vasomotor symptoms than those who do not, there is insufficient evidence that counseling women to exercise is more effective than no treatment or hormone therapy for vasomotor symptoms of menopause.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0201/p237.html

Exercise is an Effective Intervention in Overweight and Obese Patients - Cochrane for ...

May 1, 2007 - Exercise leads to a weight loss of 1 lb, 2 oz to 16 lb, 12 oz (0.5 to 7.6 kg), compared with a 3-oz (0.1-kg) weight loss to a weight gain of 1 lb, 9 oz (0.7 kg) with no treatment. Patients participating in higher-intensity exercise lose 3 lb, 5 oz (1.5 kg) more than those participating ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0501/p1333.html

Exercise Programs for Older Patients with Dementia - Cochrane for Clinicians - American...

Sep 1, 2014 - There is some evidence that exercise improves cognitive function and the ability to perform activities of daily living in patients with dementia.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0901/p287.html

Exercise to Improve Functioning in Patients with Dementia - FPIN's Help Desk Answers - ...

Aug 1, 2016 - Exercise programs lasting at least two months moderately increase the ability of patients with dementia to perform ADLs.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0801/p242.html

Exercise-Based Rehabilitation for Coronary Heart Disease - Cochrane for Clinicians - ...

Aug 1, 2004 - Cardiac rehabilitation based on exercise alone and comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation reduce all-cause mortality by about one third. It is unclear which type of rehabilitation is more beneficial.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0801/p485.html

Exercise, Yoga, and Meditation for Depressive and Anxiety Disorders - American Family ...

Apr 15, 2010 - Anxiety and depression are among the most common conditions cited by those seeking treatment with complementary and alternative therapies, such as exercise, meditation, tai chi, qigong, and yoga. The use of these therapies is increasing. Several studies of exercise and yoga have ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0415/p981.html

Exercises for Mechanical Neck Disorders - Cochrane for Clinicians - American Family ...

Oct 1, 2006 - There is some evidence that a variety of exercises help patients with mechanical neck pain. Evidence is strongest for a multimodal approach that includes exercise and mobilization or manipulation of the cervical spine, although this research has been criticized for having an imperfect ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/1001/p1126.html

Expectant Management vs. Surgical Treatment for Miscarriage - Cochrane for Clinicians -...

Oct 1, 2006 - Expectant management and surgical treatment are safe and effective for first-trimester miscarriage. Among patients who choose expectant management, there is a lower rate of pelvic infection but higher rates of mild bleeding, need for unplanned surgical treatment, and incomplete ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/1001/p1125.html

Extended-Release Bupropion for Preventing Seasonal Affective Disorder in Adults - ...

Jan 1, 2017 - When started in the fall, extended-release bupropion, 300 mg once daily, is effective in preventing recurrent symptoms in high-risk adults with a history of SAD (number needed to treat [NNT] = 5), as well as those at lower risk (NNT = 8). Headaches, nausea, and insomnia may limit ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0101/p10.html

External Cephalic Version - American Family Physician

Sep 1, 1998 - External cephalic version is a procedure that externally rotates the fetus from a breech presentation to a vertex presentation. External version has made a resurgence in the past 15 years because of a strong safety record and a success rate of about 65 percent. Before the resurgence of ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/0901/p731.html

Ezetimibe for Hypercholesterolemia. - STEPS - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2003 - Ezetimibe is safe and effective for lowering LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels, but has not been shown to affect patient-oriented outcomes. It can be used as monotherapy or in combination with a low-dose statin, although the combination is more expensive than the maximum dose of ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/1015/p1595.html

Ezetimibe/Simvastatin (Vytorin) for Hypercholesterolemia - STEPS - American Family ...

Nov 15, 2005 - Low doses of ezetimibe/simvastatin provide greater improvements in lipid profile than simvastatin or atorvastatin monotherapy. Ezetimibe/simvastatin may be useful in patients who are unable to tolerate high-dose statin therapy. Combination ezetimibe-simvastatin is less expensive than ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/1115/p2081.html

Facilitating Treatment Adherence With Lifestyle Changes in Diabetes - American Family ...

Jan 15, 2004 - Healthy eating and increased physical activity can prevent or delay diabetes and its complications. Techniques that facilitate adherence to these lifestyle changes can be adapted to primary care. Often, the patient's readiness to work toward change must be developed gradually. To ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0115/p309.html

Family Medicine: An Underutilized Resource in Addressing the Opioid Epidemic? - Graham ...

Sep 1, 2016 - Opioid overdose rates have tripled since 2000, and although overprescribing of opioids by physicians is widely accepted as a causal factor, the physician's role in providing medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder is less appreciated. Despite a clear willingness to ...

American Family Physician : Graham Center Policy One-Pagers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0901/p350.html

Family Physicians and Accutane - Editorials - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2000 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Oct 15, 2000 Issue Editorials Family Physicians and Accutane DANIEL J. VAN DURME, M.D., University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa, Florida Am Fam Physician. 2000 Oct 15;62(8):1772-1777. Related Article Do you remember...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/1015/p1772.html

Family Physicians and the Childhood Obesity Epidemic - Editorials - American Family ...

Jul 1, 2008 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Jul 1, 2008 Issue Editorials Family Physicians and the Childhood Obesity Epidemic WENDELIN SLUSSER, MD, MS, UCLA FIT for Health, Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA and Venice Family Clinic Simms/Mann Health and Wellness Center, Los...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0701/p34.html

Family Physicians Are Well Suited to Prescribe Isotretinoin - Editorials - American ...

Sep 1, 2016 - A few minutes (and a few clicks on the computer) can open up rewarding therapeutic opportunities when registering with iPledge to prescribe isotretinoin.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0901/p342.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

FDA Implements New Labeling for Medications Used During Pregnancy and Lactation - ...

Jul 1, 2016 - Deciding which medications to take during pregnancy and lactation can be a complex and individualized decision that should be discussed with a physician. The new PLLR can help remove some of the uncertainty clinicians and patients face by replacing the potentially confusing letter ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0701/p12.html

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