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Two Views on the New DSM-5: DSM-5: A Diagnostic Guide Relevant to Both Primary Care and...

Oct 15, 2013 - We are optimistic that by having welcomed an extensive review process and taken active steps to make DSM-5 more applicable to all of medicine, we have generated an approach that signifies a much improved future for the diagnosis and classification of mental disorders.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/1015/od2.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

Should Family Physicians Routinely Screen for Lung Cancer in High-Risk Populations? ...

Jul 15, 2014 - When offered to the appropriate population in the appropriate context, CT-based lung cancer screening will reduce the number of deaths caused by this difficult disease.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0715/od2.html

Should Family Physicians Follow the New ACC/AHA Cholesterol Treatment Guideline? Not ...

Aug 15, 2014 - The recommendations should have paid more attention to the inherent uncertainties in risk estimates and the importance of individual patient circumstances and preferences.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0815/p223.html

Should Family Physicians Follow the New ACC/AHA Cholesterol Treatment Guideline? Yes: ...

Aug 15, 2014 - The recommendations appropriately focus treatment on those most likely to benefit.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0815/p212.html

Should Screening Techniques for Colorectal Cancer All Have an 'A' Recommendation? No: ...

May 15, 2017 - The AAFP will continue to evaluate different screening tests as more research becomes available, but currently can endorse only those options that have the strongest evidence that benefits exceed harms.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0515/p618.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

Should Preparticipation Cardiovascular Screening of Athletes Include ECG? No: There Is ...

Sep 1, 2015 - Although there are many reasons to conduct preparticipation sports examinations, there is insufficient evidence to support cardiac screening with ECG.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0901/p343.html

Should Family Physicians Routinely Screen for Hypercholesterolemia in Children? Yes: ...

Oct 15, 2012 - Yes: The Evidence Supports Universal Screening. Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease events are the culmination of a process that has clearly been shown to begin in childhood, with accumulation of abnormal lipids in the vascular intima.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1015/od2.html

Should Family Physicians Screen for Testosterone Deficiency in Men? No: Screening May ...

Feb 15, 2015 - Testosterone testing leads to testosterone treatment, which is inappropriate for the vast majority of patients. Testosterone treatment should be reserved for patients who are truly hypogonadal.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0215/p226.html

Should Family Physicians Screen for Testosterone Deficiency in Men? Yes: Screening for ...

Feb 15, 2015 - With the possible exception of patients with cardiovascular disease, testosterone replacement therapy remains a potentially beneficial option in improving health-related quality of life in men.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0215/p220.html

The Case Against Routine Aspirin Use for Primary Prevention in Low-Risk Adults - ...

Jun 15, 2011 - A policy of generalized aspirin use in adults for the primary prevention of CVD is probably not warranted. Instead, the benefits and risks of aspirin therapy for primary prevention need to be considered on an individual basis, and should be reserved for persons at highest long-term risk...

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0615/p1387.html

Is Spinal Manipulation an Effective Treatment for Low Back Pain? Yes: Spinal ...

Apr 15, 2012 - Yes: Spinal Manipulation Is a Useful Adjunct Therapy. Spinal manipulation is one of many potential treatment options that have been used by many different types of clinicians for more than a century. Only in the past 50 years have research studies evaluated the benefits of spinal ...

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0415/p760.html

For Hyperlipidemia, Go Where the Evidence Takes You: Give a Statin and Nothing Else - ...

Nov 1, 2010 - Only statins have patient-oriented evidence supporting their role in reducing all-cause mortality. The NCEP–ATP III guidelines offer a nine-step approach for reaching target lipid levels, but the application to everyday practice is far simpler: If a patient with hyperlipidemia has ...

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1101/p1063.html

The Role of Nonstatin Therapy in Managing Hyperlipidemia - Editorials: Controversies in...

Nov 1, 2010 - When treating hyperlipidemia, physicians often face the question of the clinical value of nonstatin drugs, including bile acid sequestrants, fibrates (fibric acid derivatives), niacin, and cholesterol-absorption inhibitors. This editorial highlights the most prominent trial data and ...

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/1101/p1056.html

Should We Screen Patients for Barrett's Esophagus? No: The Case Against Screening - ...

May 15, 2011 - Although there is enthusiasm in some groups for screening patients for Barrett's esophagus, with the goal of reducing death from esophageal adenocarcinoma, review of the evidence does not show sufficient benefit to recommend such a program.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0515/p1148.html

Should Children with Acute Otitis Media Routinely be Treated with Antibiotics? No: Most...

Oct 1, 2013 - The evidence supports the use of antibiotics only in certain clinical situations and avoidance of antibiotics in certain children with AOM.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/1001/od2.html

Should Family Physicians Use Coronary Artery Calcium Scores to Screen for Coronary ...

Sep 1, 2012 - No: Screening is Unproven, Expensive, and Potentially Harmful. Coronary artery calcium (CAC) scores have been recommended as a way to screen for coronary artery disease (CAD). Before we get too enthusiastic about this expensive new test, remember that a good screening test must perform ...

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0901/p405.html

Should Family Physicians Use Coronary Artery Calcium Scores to Screen for Coronary ...

Sep 1, 2012 - Yes: Screening Improves CAD Risk Management in Selected Patients. Sudden death is often the first manifestation of atherosclerotic coronary artery disease (CAD). One-third of deaths from CAD in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study occurred without warning signs, and there was ...

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0901/p398.html

Should We Treat Moderately Elevated Triglycerides? No: Reducing Moderately Elevated ...

Feb 1, 2011 - Moderately elevated triglyceride levels have not been established as an independent risk factor for CHD. More importantly, the lowering of moderately elevated triglyceride levels with drug therapy has not been shown to decrease the rate of CHD for primary prevention in otherwise healthy...

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0201/p246.html

Should We Screen Patients for Barrett's Esophagus? Yes: Men with Long-standing Reflux ...

May 15, 2011 - Although screening and surveillance for Barrett's esophagus is controversial, the latest evidence supports this approach to decrease morbidity and mortality. Carefully evaluating patients with reflux symptoms and stratifying them based on known risk factors has the potential to result ...

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0515/p1140.html

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