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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

Helping Patients Cope with Grief - Curbside Consultation - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2019 - The loss of a loved one, especially a spouse or a child, is perhaps one of the most difficult events a person will experience in a lifetime. The resulting grief can be overwhelming and incapacitating for a time. Family physicians can be sources of comfort to those who grieve the loss of...

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0701/p54.html

An Unhappily Married Patient - Curbside Consultation - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2019 - Overall, marriage enhances health. Men gain greater health benefits from marriage than their wives. Conversely, wives are more negatively affected by a bad marriage than their husbands. In general, the health benefit of marriage is maximized in a good marriage but negated in a bad ...

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0601/p708.html

Palliative Care in Advanced Dementia - Curbside Consultation - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2019 - What is the best way for family physicians to determine prognosis and applicability of palliative care for patients with dementia?

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0401/p456.html

Effective Advocacy for Patients and Communities - Curbside Consultation - American ...

Jan 1, 2019 - Family physicians play diverse roles in society, often bridging individual and community perspectives. Family physicians' ethics require providing care to all persons regardless of their geographic, economic, political, racial, religious, or sexual orientation status.

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0101/p44.html

Practical Considerations of Caring for Patients Abroad During Short-term Medical Trips ...

Dec 1, 2018 - A 65-year-old woman presented on the second day of my week-long volunteer medical brigade to a migrant camp in Mexico. The patient had a blood pressure of 180/110 mm Hg and a heart rate of 78 beats per minute. Her presenting symptoms were itchy eyes and sneezing, which she reported were...

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1201/p673.html

Violence in the Health Care Setting: What Can We Do? - Curbside Consultation - American...

Sep 15, 2018 - n July 2017, Dr. Todd Graham was fatally shot by his patient's husband when Dr. Graham denied his patient's request for opioids. This case highlights that, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, health care professions are one of the most dangerous industries of employment in the ...

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0915/p381.html

The Doorknob Phenomenon in Clinical Practice - Curbside Consultation - American Family ...

Jul 1, 2018 - By definition, the doorknob phenomenon or doorknob statement occurs when patients wait until the last moment in the clinical encounter—often while the physician is grasping the doorknob to exit the examination room—to utter something that, not uncommonly, provides crucial information. ...

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0701/p52.html

Clinical and Personal Utility of Genetic Risk Testing - Curbside Consultation - ...

May 1, 2018 - On April 6, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved marketing of the 23andMe Personal Genome Service, the first direct-to-consumer genetic test. This test uses genomic DNA collected from mail-in saliva collection kits to provide information on a patient's genetic risk...

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0501/p600.html

Female Genital Mutilation or Cutting - Curbside Consultation - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2018 - FGM/C involves partial or total removal of the external genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for nonmedical reasons. It is considered a human rights violation. It has no known health benefits, but many reported harmful consequences.

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0101/p49.html

Medical Aid in Dying - Curbside Consultation - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2018 - Requests for hastened death are not unusual from patients with life-limiting illness, and many primary care physicians encounter these requests over the course of their career. Medical aid in dying is the practice of a physician providing a competent, terminally ill patient—at the ...

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0301/p339.html

Social Media Use and Mood Disorders: When Is It Time to Unplug? - Curbside Consultation...

Oct 15, 2017 - Americans spend more time on Facebook, the world's largest online social network, than any other website. On the surface, social media networks provide an invaluable resource for fulfilling the basic human need for social connection. However, rather than enhancing well-being by ...

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1015/p537.html

Patients with Disabilities: Avoiding Unconscious Bias When Discussing Goals of Care - ...

Aug 1, 2017 - False assumptions about patients' quality of life can affect prognosis, the treatment options that we present, and the types of referrals that we offer. In this case, the physician equated complex disability with terminal illness.

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0801/p192.html

Providing Trauma-Informed Care - Curbside Consultation - American Family Physician

May 15, 2017 - Family physicians commonly care for survivors of trauma, but they may not always realize it. Trauma, which can affect any patient regardless of age or sex, is broadly defined as the experience of violence or victimization, including sexual abuse, physical abuse, psychological abuse, ...

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0515/p655.html

Palliative Care Through Illness Trajectory - Curbside Consultation - American Family ...

Mar 15, 2017 - Persons with multimorbidity often have unmet multidimensional needs related to their health. For example, Y.S. may also be experiencing poorly controlled symptoms, financial distress, and increasing anxiety. His family is likely distressed by his decline in health and unsure about what ...

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0315/p386.html

Pet Therapy: Enhancing Patient Care Through Time with Animals - Curbside Consultation -...

Nov 1, 2016 - A 16-year-old girl and her parents presented to my office for her wellness evaluation. The patient has generalized anxiety disorder with comorbid major depression, for which she has been prescribed a serotonergic antidepressant. She is a high school student, lives with her parents, and ...

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1101/p737.html

Taking Care of Disadvantaged Patients - Curbside Consultation - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2017 - No single person can be responsible for the health of a population. However, there are a number of strategies for taking care of members of disadvantaged populations. These range from targeted compassion and interventions for the individual patient to broad advocacy for disadvantaged ...

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0115/p118.html

Helping Pregnant Women Keep Their Jobs - Curbside Consultation - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2016 - At 7.5 months pregnant, my patient found herself increasingly uncomfortable at work. Her varicose veins ached from standing on the job, where she was required to work a cash register and walk prescriptions from the pharmacy to the checkout area. I wrote a note to her boss explaining ...

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0915/p494.html

Caring for Patients with Job Insecurity Who Are Experiencing Chronic Work-Related Pain ...

Jul 15, 2016 - In addition to providing direct medical care, the physician can help this patient by obtaining an occupational history, formulating hypotheses about the cause of the pain and potential interventions, and establishing a therapeutic relationship.

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0715/p145.html

Evaluation of Behavior Change in Patients with Developmental Disabilities - Curbside ...

Apr 15, 2016 - A mother brought her 19-year-old nonverbal, autistic son to our clinic. She requested medication for him to reduce the number of episodes that include loud vocalizations, thrashing, and head banging. These episodes usually occur in the car. At baseline, the man has difficulty with ...

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0415/p686.html

When Physician Family Members Are Involved in Patients' Care - Curbside Consultation - ...

Mar 1, 2016 - It is not unusual for physicians to care for patients who have physician family members. This can be advantageous for patients, their families, and the clinical team because physician family members often better understand the clinical situation, its severity, and the treatment options....

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0301/p388.html

Late Presentation to Prenatal Care - Curbside Consultation - American Family Physician

Sep 1, 2015 - Pregnancy carries concrete and immediate risks that need to be addressed and managed in a timely fashion. Patients who initiate prenatal care late in pregnancy tend to present with a challenging variety of concerns, encompassing the full range of their medical, psychosocial, and ...

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0901/p391.html

Addressing Suspected Labor Trafficking in the Office - Curbside Consultation - American...

Dec 15, 2015 - An estimated 18,000 persons are trafficked into the United States for labor each year. They most commonly originate from Latin America (31%), Southeast Asia (26%), and South Asia (13%), and 71% of persons enter on lawful visas. Health care may be one of the few fields in which ...

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1215/p1092.html

Menstrual Concerns in an Adolescent with Disabilities - Curbside Consultation - ...

Nov 1, 2015 - Clinicians who care for female adolescents with cognitive and physical disabilities are often consulted on the management of menstrual bleeding for purposes of hygiene, dysmenorrhea, and treatment of premenstrual symptoms. Contraception is also commonly discussed to mitigate pregnancy ...

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1101/p823.html

Care of a Transgender Adolescent - Curbside Consultation - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2015 - Although the actual number may be higher, research estimates that approximately 700,000 Americans are transgender. Many in this population have inadequate insurance to cover appropriate health care. Primary care clinicians treat transgender patients in their practices, and although not ...

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0715/p142.html

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