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Short-Term Systemic Corticosteroids: Appropriate Use in Primary Care - American Family ...

Jan 15, 2020 - Short-term systemic corticosteroids, also known as steroids, are frequently prescribed for adults in the outpatient setting by primary care physicians. There is a lack of supporting evidence for most diagnoses for which steroids are prescribed, and there is evidence against steroid use ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0115/p89.html

Type 2 Diabetes Therapies: A STEPS Approach - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2019 - A concise way to evaluate pharmacotherapy options for type 2 diabetes mellitus is to use the five patient-oriented STEPS criteria: safety, tolerability, efficacy, price, and simplicity. The first-line treatment option, metformin, is safe and fairly well-tolerated, has excellent ...

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Laceration Repair: A Practical Approach - American Family Physician

May 15, 2017 - The goals of laceration repair are to achieve hemostasis and optimal cosmetic results without increasing the risk of infection. Many aspects of laceration repair have not changed over the years, but there is evidence to support some updates to standard management. Studies have been ...

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Migraine Headache Prophylaxis - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2019 - Migraines impose significant health and financial burdens. Approximately 38% of patients with episodic migraines would benefit from preventive therapy, but less than 13% take prophylactic medications. Preventive medication therapy reduces migraine frequency, severity, and ...

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Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Outpatient Insulin Management - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2018 - In patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus, insulin may be used to augment therapy with oral glycemic medications or as insulin replacement therapy. The American Diabetes Association suggests the use of long-acting (basal) insulin to augment therapy with one or two oral agents or one ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0101/p29.html

Anticoagulation: Updated Guidelines for Outpatient Management - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2019 - Anticoagulation therapy is recommended for preventing, treating, and reducing the recurrence of venous thromboembolism, and preventing stroke in persons with atrial fibrillation. Direct oral anticoagulants are first-line agents for eligible patients for treating venous thromboembolism ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1001/p426.html

Treatment of the Common Cold - American Family Physician

Sep 1, 2019 - Acute upper respiratory tract infections are extremely common in adults and children, but only a few safe and effective treatments are available. Patients typically present with nasal congestion, rhinorrhea, sore throat, cough, general malaise, and/or low-grade fever. Informing patients...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0901/p281.html

Probiotics for Gastrointestinal Conditions: A Summary of the Evidence - American Family...

Aug 1, 2017 - Probiotics contain microorganisms, most of which are bacteria similar to the beneficial bacteria that occur naturally in the human gut. Probiotics have been widely studied in a variety of gastrointestinal diseases. The most-studied species include Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, and ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0801/p170.html

Severe Asymptomatic Hypertension: Evaluation and Treatment - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2017 - Hypertension affects one-third of Americans and is a significant modifiable risk factor for cardiovascular disease, stroke, renal disease, and death. Severe asymptomatic hypertension is defined as severely elevated blood pressure (180 mm Hg or more systolic, or 110 mm Hg or more ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0415/p492.html

Acute Migraine Headache: Treatment Strategies - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2018 - Migraine is a primary headache disorder characterized by recurrent attacks. Acetaminophen, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, triptans, antiemetics, ergot alkaloids, and combination analgesics have evidence supporting their effectiveness in the treatment of migraine. Acetaminophen ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0215/p243.html

Insomnia: Pharmacologic Therapy - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2017 - Insomnia accounts for more than 5.5 million visits to family physicians each year. Although behavioral interventions are the mainstay of treatment, pharmacologic therapy may be necessary for some patients. Understanding the risks and benefits of insomnia medications is critical. ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0701/p29.html

Glucose Management in Hospitalized Patients - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2017 - Glucose management in hospitalized patients poses challenges to physicians, including identifying blood glucose targets, judicious use of oral diabetes mellitus medications, and implementing appropriate insulin regimens. Uncontrolled blood glucose levels can lead to deleterious effects ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1115/p648.html

Ingrown Toenail Management - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2019 - Ingrown toenails account for approximately 20% of foot problems in primary care. The great toe is most often affected. Ingrown toenails occur most commonly in young men, and nail care habits and footwear are most often contributory factors. No consensus has been reached for the best ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0801/p158.html

Deep Venous Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism: Current Therapy - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2017 - Pulmonary embolism and deep venous thrombosis are the two most important manifestations of venous thromboembolism (VTE), which is the third most common life-threatening cardiovascular disease in the United States. Anticoagulation is the mainstay of VTE treatment. Most patients with deep...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0301/p295.html

Gastroenteritis in Children - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2019 - Acute gastroenteritis is defined as a diarrheal disease of rapid onset, with or without nausea, vomiting, fever, or abdominal pain. In the United States, acute gastroenteritis accounts for 1.5 million office visits, 200,000 hospitalizations, and 300 deaths in children each year. ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0201/p159.html

Testosterone Therapy: Review of Clinical Applications - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2017 - Testosterone therapy is increasingly common in the United States, and many of these prescriptions are written by primary care physicians. There is conflicting evidence on the benefit of male testosterone therapy for age-related declines in testosterone. Physicians should not measure ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1001/p441.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, ...

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

Kidney Stones: Treatment and Prevention - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2019 - Kidney stones are a common disorder, with an annual incidence of eight cases per 1,000 adults. During an episode of renal colic, the first priority is to rule out conditions requiring immediate referral to an emergency department, then to alleviate pain, preferably with a nonsteroidal ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0415/p490.html

Polypharmacy: Evaluating Risks and Deprescribing - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2019 - Polypharmacy, defined as regular use of at least five medications, is common in older adults and younger at-risk populations and increases the risk of adverse medical outcomes. There are several risk factors that can lead to polypharmacy. Patient-related factors include having multiple ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0701/p32.html

Opioid Use Disorder: Medical Treatment Options - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2019 - Opioid use disorder is highly prevalent and can be fatal. At least 2.1 million Americans 12 years and older had opioid use disorder in 2016, and approximately 47,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses in 2017. Opioid use disorder is a chronic relapsing condition, the treatment of ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1001/p416.html

Hyperosmolar Hyperglycemic State - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 2017 - Hyperosmolar hyperglycemic state is a life-threatening emergency manifested by marked elevation of blood glucose and hyperosmolarity with little or no ketosis. Although there are multiple precipitating causes, underlying infections are the most common. Other causes include certain ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1201/p729.html

Stable Coronary Artery Disease: Treatment - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2018 - Stable coronary artery disease refers to a reversible supply/demand mismatch related to ischemia, a history of myocardial infarction, or the presence of plaque documented by catheterization or computed tomography angiography. Patients are considered stable if they are asymptomatic or ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0315/p376.html

Lice and Scabies: Treatment Update - American Family Physician

May 15, 2019 - Pediculosis and scabies are caused by ectoparasites. Pruritus is the most common presenting symptom. Head and pubic lice infestations are diagnosed with visualization of live lice. Nits (lice eggs or egg casings) alone are not sufficient to diagnose a current infestation. A no-nit ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0515/p635.html

Oncologic Emergencies: Recognition and Initial Management - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2018 - Most oncologic emergencies can be classified as metabolic, hematologic, structural, or treatment related. Tumor lysis syndrome is a metabolic emergency that presents as severe electrolyte abnormalities. Stabilization is focused on vigorous rehydration, maintaining urine output, and ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0601/p741.html

Common Herbal Dietary Supplement—Drug Interactions - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2017 - Nearly 25% of U.S. adults report concurrently taking a prescription medication with a dietary supplement. Some supplements, such as St. John’s wort and goldenseal, are known to cause clinically important drug interactions and should be avoided by most patients receiving any ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0715/p101.html

Depression and Anxiety Disorders: Benefits of Exercise, Yoga, and Meditation - American...

May 15, 2019 - Many people with depression or anxiety turn to nonpharmacologic and nonconventional interventions, including exercise, yoga, meditation, tai chi, or qi gong. Meta-analyses and systematic reviews have shown that these interventions can improve symptoms of depression and anxiety ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0515/p620.html

Acute Hand Infections - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2019 - Acute hand infections are often caused by puncture wounds and are generally classified into superficial or deep infections. Superficial infections occur in the skin and subcutaneous tissues, whereas deep infections can involve the tendon sheaths, adjacent anatomic compartments, deep ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0215/p228.html

Bartholin Duct Cyst and Gland Abscess: Office Management - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2019 - The Bartholin glands, located in the base of the labia minora, have a role in vaginal lubrication. Because of the presence of other glands, removal of a Bartholin gland does not affect lubrication. Ductal blockage of these typically pea-sized structures can result in enlargement of the ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0615/p760.html

Management of Chronic Tendon Injuries - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2019 - Chronic tendon injuries are common athletic and occupational injuries that account for many physician visits. Tendons have a complex biology that provides a unique combination of strength, flexibility, and elasticity but also predisposes them to injury. The term tendinopathy is ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0801/p147.html

Hyperhidrosis: Management Options - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2018 - Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating that affects patients’ quality of life, resulting in social and work impairment and emotional distress. Primary hyperhidrosis is bilaterally symmetric, focal, excessive sweating of the axillae, palms, soles, or craniofacial region not caused by other ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0601/p729.html

Clinically Relevant Drug-Drug Interactions in Primary Care - American Family Physician

May 1, 2019 - Drug interactions are common in the primary care setting and are usually predictable. Identifying the most important and clinically relevant drug interactions in primary care is essential to patient safety. Strategies for reducing the risk of drug-drug interactions include minimizing ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0501/p558.html

The Changing Climate: Managing Health Impacts - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2019 - Concentrations of greenhouse gases continue to accumulate in the atmosphere at increasing rates, heating the Earth’s surface and destabilizing climate. Health impacts from climate change may include increased morbidity and mortality from worsening cardiopulmonary health, worsening ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1115/p618.html

Stuttering: Understanding and Treating a Common Disability - American Family Physician

Nov 1, 2019 - Childhood-onset fluency disorder, the most common form of stuttering, is a neurologic disability resulting from an underlying brain abnormality that causes disfluent speech. Stuttering can lead to significant secondary effects, including negative self-perception and negative perception ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1101/p556.html

The Pregnant Patient: Managing Common Acute Medical Problems - American Family Physician

Nov 1, 2018 - Women often see their primary care physicians for common acute conditions during pregnancy. These conditions may be caused by pregnancy (obstetric problems) or worsened by pregnancy (obstetrically aggravated problems), or they may require special consideration during pregnancy because ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1101/p595.html

Cerumen Impaction: Diagnosis and Management - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2018 - Cerumen production is a normal and protective process for the ear canal. However, cerumen should be removed when it causes symptoms (e.g., hearing loss, itching, pain, tinnitus) or prevents assessment of the external auditory canal, the tympanic membrane, or audiovestibular system. ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1015/p525.html

Manipulative Therapies: What Works - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2019 - Manipulative therapies include osteopathic manipulative treatment and many other forms of manual therapies used to manage a variety of conditions in adults and children. Spinal manipulative therapy may provide short-term improvement in patients with acute or chronic low back pain, ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0215/p248.html

Buprenorphine Therapy for Opioid Use Disorder - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2018 - Opioid misuse, including the use of heroin and the overprescribing, misuse, and diversion of opioid pain medications, has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. As a result, there has been a dramatic increase in opioid use disorder and associated overdoses and deaths. ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0301/p313.html

Type 1 Diabetes: Management Strategies - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2018 - There is considerable benefit of tight glucose control in patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus. Tight blood glucose control dramatically decreases the incidence of microvascular and macrovascular complications. Although glycemic goals should be individualized, most nonpregnant adults ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0801/p154.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 ...

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

Braces and Splints for Common Musculoskeletal Conditions - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2018 - Braces and splints can immobilize and protect joints, reduce pain, decrease swelling, and facilitate healing of acute injuries. They are also used for injury prevention and chronic pain reduction, and to alter the function of a joint. The medial unloading (valgus) knee brace is an ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1115/p570.html

Interventional Radiology: Indications and Best Practices - American Family Physician

May 1, 2019 - Interventional radiology employs image-guided techniques to perform minimally invasive procedures for diagnosis and treatment. Interventional radiology is often used to place central venous catheters and subcutaneous ports, with some evidence of benefit over surgical placement. Arterial...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0501/p547.html

Primary Care of Breast Cancer Survivors - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2019 - With declining mortality rates, the number of breast cancer survivors is increasing. Ongoing care after breast cancer treatment is often provided by primary care physicians. This care includes surveillance for cancer recurrence with a history and physical examination every three to six ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0315/p370.html

Common Foot Problems: Over-the-Counter Treatments and Home Care - American Family ...

Sep 1, 2018 - Most foot disorders do not require podiatry referral or complex interventions. After the clinical diagnosis is made, these conditions can typically be managed with over-the-counter (OTC) and home remedies, with guidance from the primary care physician. Stretching and strengthening ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0901/p298.html

Counseling Patients in Primary Care: Evidence-Based Strategies - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2018 - Family physicians spend substantial time counseling patients with psychiatric conditions, unhealthy behaviors, and medical adherence issues. Maintaining efficiency while providing counseling is a major challenge. There are several effective, structured counseling strategies developed ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1215/p719.html

Alzheimer Disease: Pharmacologic and Nonpharmacologic Therapies for Cognitive and ...

Jun 15, 2017 - Alzheimer disease comprises a syndrome of progressive cognitive and functional decline. Treatments should target cognitive and functional symptoms. Cholinesterase inhibitors, memantine, and a combination of a cholinesterase inhibitor and memantine have produced statistically significant...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0615/p771.html

Cervical Cancer: Evaluation and Management - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2018 - Human papillomavirus infection is the precursor for the development of cervical cancer and is detectable in 99.7% of squamous cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma cases. Early detection of precancerous lesions with Papanicolaou testing remains the primary mechanism for cancer prevention. ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0401/p449.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 ...

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

Localized Prostate Cancer: Treatment Options - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2018 - In the United States, prostate cancer will be diagnosed in one out of seven men in his lifetime. Most cases are localized, and only one in 39 men will die from the disease. Prostate cancer is most often detected using serum prostate-specific antigen testing. The National Comprehensive ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0615/p798.html

Diabetes Self-Management: Facilitating Lifestyle Change - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2017 - Healthy eating and increased physical activity can prevent or delay the onset of diabetes mellitus and facilitate diabetes management. Current guidelines recommend long-term weight loss of 5% to 7% of body weight and 150 minutes of at least moderate-intensity physical activity per week ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0915/p362.html

Refractive Eye Surgery: Helping Patients Make Informed Decisions About LASIK - American...

May 15, 2017 - A variety of refractive surgery techniques, which reshape the corneal stroma using laser energy, have been marketed as simple and safe alternatives to glasses or contact lenses. Laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) is the most common of these procedures. Although there are few ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0515/p637.html

Perioperative Cardiovascular Medication Management in Noncardiac Surgery: Common ...

May 15, 2017 - Several medications have been used perioperatively in patients undergoing noncardiac surgery in an attempt to improve outcomes. Antiplatelet therapy for primary prevention of cardiovascular events should generally be discontinued seven to 10 days before surgery to avoid increasing the ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0515/p645.html

H. pylori Infection: ACG Updates Treatment Recommendations - Practice Guidelines - ...

Jan 15, 2018 - Helicobacter pylori infection is one of the most common chronic bacterial infections. The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) has updated its clinical guidelines in response to significant scientific advances in the management of this disease.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0115/p135.html

Should Adults with Prediabetes Be Prescribed Metformin to Prevent Diabetes Mellitus? ...

Aug 1, 2019 - Discussing with patients the pros and cons of medications for borderline glucose values could distract us from more important topics such as lifestyle changes, smoking cessation, and blood pressure control. Time is the most valuable resource in a physician-patient partnership, and there...

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0801/p136.html

Short Courses of Oral Corticosteroids: Lack of Benefit and Potential Harms for Common ...

Jul 1, 2018 - A short course of oral corticosteroids is appropriate for many patients with specific conditions. However, widespread use of corticosteroids in patients with non-pneumonia lower respiratory tract infection, nonsevere sore throat, or low back pain is inappropriate and not worth the risk ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0701/p12.html

Adverse Events of Pharmacologic Treatments of Major Depression in Older Adults - ...

Feb 1, 2020 - What are the adverse events of antidepressants prescribed to treat major depressive disorder in adults 65 years and older?

American Family Physician : Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care Reviews

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0201/p179.html

Tapering Patients Off of Benzodiazepines - Curbside Consultation - American Family ...

Nov 1, 2017 - When prescribed at a low dosage for a short time (fewer than 30 days), benzodiazepines can effectively treat generalized and social anxiety, panic disorder, and sleep disorders. Long-term use for anxiety and sleep disorders is not supported by research because it is associated with the ...

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1101/p606.html

Beers Criteria for Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Patients: An Update from the ...

Jan 1, 2020 - The 2019 American Geriatrics Society update of the Beers Criteria uses the five criteria outlined in 2015; these include medications that should typically be avoided in most older patients, medications that should be avoided in older patients with certain conditions, medications that ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0101/p56.html

Antibiotics for Exacerbations of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease - Medicine by ...

Feb 1, 2020 - Prescription of antibiotics for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is controversial due to the variety of etiologies. This review examined the use of antibiotics to treat COPD in outpatient, inpatient, and ICU settings. Read more.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0201/od1.html

OnabotulinumtoxinA for Prevention of Migraine in Adults - Cochrane for Clinicians - ...

Feb 1, 2020 - OnabotulinumtoxinA reduces the number of migraine days per month by two days compared with placebo in adults with chronic migraines.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0201/p144.html

Acne Vulgaris: Treatment Guidelines from the AAD - Practice Guidelines - American ...

Jun 1, 2017 - Acne vulgaris, which occurs in 50 million persons living in the United States, is associated with physical and psychological morbidity (e.g., scarring, poor self-image, depression) and results in more than $3 billion in direct costs annually. In addition, knowledge about its ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0601/p740.html

Cholesterol Management: ACC/AHA Updates Guideline - Practice Guidelines - American ...

May 1, 2019 - The American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) task force on clinical practice guidelines has updated its 2013 cholesterol guideline.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0501/p589.html

Dual Antiplatelet Therapy for High-Risk TIA and Minor Stroke: BMJ Rapid Recommendation ...

Sep 15, 2019 - Based on a recent randomized controlled trial followed by a systematic review, the BMJ and MAGIC group concluded that dual antiplatelet therapy use for a limited period after mild stroke is beneficial.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0915/p378.html

Intravenous Magnesium Sulfate for Acute Asthma Exacerbations - FPIN's Clinical ...

Jan 15, 2019 - Patients presenting to the emergency department with an acute asthma exacerbation that has not responded to first-line therapy (bronchodilators and corticosteroids) can be treated effectively with intravenous magnesium sulfate.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0115/p127.html

Hydrogen Peroxide 40% (Eskata) for Seborrheic Keratosis - STEPS - American Family ...

Nov 15, 2019 - Hydrogen peroxide 40% topical solution is not particularly effective for removing seborrheic keratosis lesions, and skin reactions are common.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1115/p643.html

Dupilumab (Dupixent) for Asthma - STEPS - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2020 - Dupilumab is an effective injectable drug that decreases asthma exacerbations and the need for an oral glucocorticoid in patients with moderate to severe asthma, particularly those with high eosinophil counts.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0215/p244.html

Single-Dose Oral Dexamethasone Decreases Sore Throat Pain - POEMs - American Family ...

Feb 15, 2018 - Sore throats are rarely fatal anymore, but there is really no such thing as just a sore throat. Whereas antibiotics have no analgesic activity, a single low dose of a corticosteroid such as oral dexamethasone—0.6 mg per kg for children at least five years of age and up to 10 mg for ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0215/od1.html

Risk of GI Bleeding Highest with Rivaroxaban, Lower with Apixaban, and Lowest with PPI ...

May 15, 2019 - Among patients using oral anticoagulants alone, the risk of hospitalization for upper GI tract bleeding is highest with rivaroxaban (Xarelto) and lowest with apixaban (Eliquis).

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0515/od4.html

Tapering Long-Term Opioid Therapy - Curbside Consultation - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2020 - My patient is a 54-year-old construction worker who has been taking prescribed opioids for more than a decade for chronic knee and back pain.

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0101/p49.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

Do Not Change Antidepressant Treatment Early Based on a Lack of Response - POEMs - ...

Feb 15, 2020 - Do not be in a hurry to change treatment in patients with severe depression who do not respond to treatment within the first two weeks. Early response to treatment predicts eventual response or remission, but a lack of early response does not predict treatment failure.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0215/p250.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

Overuse of Statins in Older Adults - Lown Right Care: Reducing Overuse and Underuse - ...

Dec 15, 2019 - A collaboration between AFP and the Lown Institute promotes a vision of delivering heath 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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1215/p742.html

Renin-Angiotensin System Inhibitors vs. Other Antihypertensive Drug Classes for ...

Nov 1, 2019 - RAS inhibitors, which include angiotensin receptor blockers, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, and renin inhibitors, should not be used as first-line agents.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1101/p540.html

Managing Chronic Hypertension in Pregnant Women: ACOG Releases Updated Practice ...

Dec 15, 2019 - The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has released an updated practice bulletin to outline diagnosis, effects on pregnancy outcomes, and approaches for management based on new evidence.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1215/p782.html

Revefenacin (Yupelri) for the Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease - ...

Jan 15, 2020 - Revefenacin is a once-daily nebulized alternative to metered dose long-acting muscarinic antagonists for patients with moderate to severe COPD. Given its expense, complicated administration process, and lack of evidence that it improves key patient-oriented outcomes, its use should be ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0115/p121.html

Positional Therapy for Obstructive Sleep Apnea - Cochrane for Clinicians - American ...

Jan 1, 2020 - Positional therapy for OSA reduces scores on the apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) and Epworth Sleepiness Scale compared with no treatment. Although continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) improves AHI scores more than positional therapy, patients seem to better tolerate positional therapy ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0101/p16.html

Increased Readmissions and Adverse Events with Intensification of Antihypertensive ...

Feb 15, 2020 - The intensification of antihypertensive regimens on discharge in older adults hospitalized for noncardiac conditions is associated with an increased risk of readmission (number needed to harm [NNH] = 27) and medication-related serious adverse events (NNH = 63) within 30 days.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0215/p248a.html

Baloxavir Marboxil (Xofluza) for Influenza - STEPS - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2019 - Single-dose baloxavir should be limited to ill patients who cannot tolerate or comply with a course of oseltamivir. For otherwise healthy adults with confirmed influenza or influenza-like illness, the high cost of baloxavir may not justify the one-day reduction in symptoms of a ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1215/p776.html

No Benefit, Longer Hospital Stay with Treatment of Asymptomatic Bacteriuria - POEMs - ...

Feb 15, 2020 - Inappropriate treatment of asymptomatic bacteriuria is common in hospitalized patients. Older patients, those with dementia or acutely altered mental status, and those with abnormal urinalysis results are more likely to be treated with antibiotics.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0215/p248.html

Topical Interventions Improve Outcomes After Cryosurgery for Actinic Keratosis - POEMs ...

Feb 15, 2020 - Based on a review of low-quality evidence, adding a topical intervention after cryosurgery for actinic keratosis improves the likelihood of complete clearance from 46% to 79% (number needed to treat = 3).

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0215/p249.html

Antibiotics for Acute Rhinosinusitis in Adults - Medicine by the Numbers - American ...

Oct 1, 2019 - Because of the relatively high rate of reported adverse effects and the high likelihood of resolution of symptoms with supportive care and symptomatic management, the authors recommend selective antibiotic use in patients with acute sinusitis. Read more.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1001/od1.html

C-Reactive Protein Guidance Safely Reduces Antibiotic Use in Patients with Acute ...

Jan 1, 2020 - CRP guidance, regarding the likelihood that antibiotics will be helpful for patients with acute exacerbation of COPD, safely reduces antibiotic use (number needed to treat = 5).

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0101/p54.html

Addition of Steroids Improves Outcomes in Children and Adults with CAP - POEMs - ...

Jan 1, 2020 - Adding corticosteroid treatment to the management of CAP is beneficial for children and adults. Treatment decreases clinical failures, time in the hospital, and the risk of death in adults with severe pneumonia.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0101/p55.html

Community-Acquired Pneumonia: Determining Safe Treatment in the Outpatient Setting - ...

Jun 15, 2019 - When is it safe to treat a patient with community-acquired pneumonia a an outpatient?

American Family Physician : Point-of-Care Guides

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0615/p768.html

Combined Hormonal Contraceptives for Heavy Menstrual Bleeding - Cochrane for Clinicians...

Dec 1, 2019 - Combined oral contraceptives decrease the number of women reporting menorrhagia over six months compared with placebo (absolute risk reduction = 36.7%; number needed to treat = 2.7).

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1201/p677.html

Should Adults with Prediabetes Be Prescribed Metformin to Prevent Diabetes Mellitus? ...

Aug 1, 2019 - High-quality evidence supports metformin use for diabetes prevention among younger or more obese individuals or for women with a history of gestational diabetes. Clinicians should consider prescribing metformin, in addition to intensive lifestyle interventions, in accordance with ...

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0801/p134.html

Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: ACP Releases Updated Guidance Statement on A1C Targets for ...

Nov 1, 2018 - This guidance statement from the American College of Physicians (ACP) aims to help physicians achieve appropriate A1C targets via medication for nonpregnant patients with type 2 diabetes based on a review of six health care organization guidelines.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1101/p613.html

Pharmacologic Therapy for Heart Failure - FPIN's Help Desk Answers - American Family ...

Jul 1, 2019 - Compared with monotherapy, the combination of an ACE inhibitor and an ARB has not been shown to improve cardiovascular or overall mortality in patients with symptomatic heart failure. The combination is associated with an increased number of adverse drug effects.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0701/p49.html

Maintenance Intravenous Fluids in Children: AAP Provides Recommendations - Practice ...

Aug 15, 2019 - The American Academy of Pediatrics has created an evidence-based guideline recommending the use of isotonic fluids for patients 28 days to 18 years of age to reduce the risk of developing hyponatremia.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0815/p251.html

Ibuprofen Plus Acetaminophen Equals Opioid Plus Acetaminophen for Acute Severe ...

Mar 1, 2018 - In adults presenting to the emergency department with acute extremity pain severe enough to warrant radiologic investigation, ibuprofen plus acetaminophen was equally effective in reducing pain intensity at two hours compared with three different opioid and acetaminophen combination ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0301/p348.html

Use of Amphetamines for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults - Cochrane ...

Sep 1, 2019 - Amphetamines provide a clinician-rated 30% or greater reduction in ADHD symptoms when compared with placebo (number needed to treat = 5).

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0901/p278.html

Medication Management for Chronic Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction - ...

Jul 1, 2019 - Mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists reduce hospitalizations for patients with HFpEF. Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers have not been shown to change the morbidity or mortality in patients with HFpEF.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0701/p17.html

Baloxavir Reduces Symptom Duration Similar to Oseltamivir, Primarily Within 24 Hours of...

Dec 15, 2019 - Baloxavir has similar efficacy to oseltamivir (Tamiflu) (33-hour reduction in duration of symptoms compared with placebo) and, like oseltamivir, is most effective when given within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1215/od4.html

Treatment of Threatened Miscarriage with Progestogens - Cochrane for Clinicians - ...

Sep 1, 2019 - Progestogens reduce the risk of miscarriage when compared with placebo in patients with threatened miscarriage (number needed to treat [NNT] = 10.) Use of progestogens poses no significant risks to mother or baby.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0901/p279.html

One Month of Dual Antiplatelet Therapy Followed by Clopidogrel Alone is Superior to 12 ...

Dec 15, 2019 - This study found that one month of dual antiplatelet therapy (aspirin plus clopidogrel or prasugrel [Effient]) followed by clopidogrel monotherapy for up to five years is both noninferior and superior to 12 months of dual antiplatelet therapy followed by aspirin for up to five years for...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1215/od5.html

Alpha Blockers for Nephrolithiasis - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 2019 - The alpha blocker tamsulosin (Flomax) can be used to improve clearance of stones larger than 5 mm, shorten expulsion times, and reduce hospitalization.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1201/p710.html

Platelet-Rich Plasma is Equal to Saline for Patients with Patellar Tendinopathy - POEMs...

Dec 15, 2019 - In this study, platelet-rich plasma injections were no better than saline injections in improving pain or activity in patients with patellar tendinopathy. It did not matter whether the plasma was leukocyte rich or leukocyte poor.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1215/od2.html

Secnidazole (Solosec) for Bacterial Vaginosis - STEPS - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2019 - Secnidazole is much more expensive than generic metronidazole and other available treatments. However, it is a safe option for women who desire a single-dose treatment or for patients in whom treatment compliance is a concern.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0815/p242.html

Infantile Hemangioma: AAP Releases Guideline for Management - Practice Guidelines - ...

Aug 1, 2019 - Infantile hemangiomas are the most common benign tumors of childhood, occurring in up to approximately 5% of infants. These benign vascular tumors are small, self-resolving, and do not require treatment.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0801/p186.html

Gabapentin for Treatment of Radicular Low Back Pain - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - ...

Sep 1, 2019 - Gabapentin is not effective for the treatment of radicular low back pain and is associated with adverse effects.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0901/p309.html

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