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House Calls: What to Do When Your Patients Are Snowed In

Mar 24, 2015 - House Calls: What to Do When Your Patients Are Snowed In

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/house_calls_what_to_do.html

Health is Primary Tour Kickoff Highlights Washington State Innovators

Mar 23, 2015 - The Health is Primary city tour from Family Medicine for America's Health kicked off in Seattle March 19 with family physicians discussing how they are revolutionizing health care in Washington State.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150323healthisprimary.html

Panelists Call Medicare Advantage Model for Chronic Care

Mar 16, 2015 - During a recent forum, a group of health policymakers discussed ways to improve delivery of care and payment for chronic care patients.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150316medicareadvantage.html

Health is Primary Hits the Road

Mar 16, 2015 - Too many Americans don't understand the importance or value of primary care. Health is Primary, which kicks off its nationwide city tour this week in Seattle, aims to change that.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20150316gstedl-healthisprimary.html

Family Healthware Impact Trial -- National Research Network Studies

Mar 3, 2015 - Read a description of the Family Healthware Trail study and view aims, objectives, status, timeline, key findings and publications.

Patient Care : National Research Network

https://www.aafp.org/patient-care/nrn/nrn/studies/all/healthware.html

AHA/ASA Release Guideline on Stroke Prevention in Women - Practice Guidelines - ...

Mar 1, 2015 - The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) have released a guideline to help physicians identify women with increased risk of stroke and initiate appropriate preventive measures. The guideline includes recommendations on pregnancy and stroke; cerebral ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0301/p330.html

Improving Quality by Doing Less: Overtreatment - Editorials - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2015 - The third in a series of AFP editorials that addresses the related issues of over-screening, overdiagnosis, and overtreatment. Overtreatment is an important harm that commonly follows overscreening and overdiagnosis.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0301/p289.html

Lung Cancer Screening Is Cost-Effective, but Only If Done Correctly - POEMs - American ...

Mar 1, 2015 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) gave lung cancer screening a B recommendation on the basis of the reductions in disease-specific mortality and all-cause mortality seen in the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST). The NLST does not consider cost or cost-effectiveness in ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0301/p328.html

Infertility: What Women Should Know - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2015 - ...Previous: AHA/ASA Release Guideline on Stroke Prevention in Women Next: Cancer Risk Should Prompt Hepatitis B Surveillance for Patients View the full table of contents >> Home / Journals / afp / Vol. 91/No. 5(March 1, 2015) / Infertility: What Women Should Know...

American Family Physician : Patient Handout

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0301/p308-s1.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

Common Questions About the Initial Management of Hypertension - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2015 - Hypertension is the most common chronic condition treated by family physicians. Elevated blood pressure is associated with an increased risk of heart failure, myocardial infarction, cerebrovascular disease, and death. Treatment of hypertension reduces the risk of these events. Several ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0201/p172.html

Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors vs. Angiotensin Receptor Blockers - FPIN's ...

Feb 1, 2015 - ACE inhibitors should be used in patients with hypertension because they reduce all-cause mortality, whereas ARBs do not.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0201/p193.html

Benzodiazepines and Alzheimer Disease - AFP Journal Club - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2015 - Benzodiazepine exposure over the preceding five years seems to be associated with an increased likelihood of an Alzheimer disease diagnosis. A dose-response gradient also seems to exist.

American Family Physician : AFP Journal Club

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0201/p191.html

Treating Newly Diagnosed High Blood Pressure - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2015 - ...Treatment is important because having high blood pressure increases your risk of heart attack, stroke, and heart failure. How is it detected? Your doctor can measure your blood pressure with a blood pressure cuff that goes around your arm. What causes it? No one knows for sure....

American Family Physician : Patient Handout

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0201/p172-s1.html

AHA and ASA Release Guideline for Prevention of Future Stroke in Patients with Stroke ...

Jan 15, 2015 - The American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association (ASA) have updated their guideline on prevention of future stroke in patients with a history of stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA). Currently, the average annual rate of future stroke in these patients is at a ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0115/p136.html

Antidepressants and Psychological Therapies Are Effective for IBS - POEMs - American ...

Jan 15, 2015 - Antidepressants and psychological therapies are effective in treating the symptoms of IBS. This study, an update of a similar systematic review and meta-analysis completed five years ago, found the same level of effectiveness for both treatment approaches as the previous analysis, ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0115/p134.html

Increasing HDL Level Ineffective at Decreasing Cardiovascular Events - POEMs - American...

Jan 15, 2015 - Being the good cholesterol is not the same as being the useful cholesterol. Drug therapy aimed at increasing HDL cholesterol levels, when added to statin treatment, does not decrease patients' likelihood of experiencing a cardiovascular event or of dying earlier.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0115/p133.html

Colon Cancer Screening: What You Should Know - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2015 - ...Previous: AHA and ASA Release Guideline for Prevention of Future Stroke in Patients with Stroke or TIA Next: Wound Care View the full table of contents >> Home / Journals / afp / Vol. 91/No. 2(January 15, 2015) / Colon Cancer Screening: What You Should Know...

American Family Physician : Patient Handout

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0115/p93-s1.html

USPSTF Finds Screening Adults for Hypertension Still Beneficial

Jan 7, 2015 - A draft statement from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force reaffirms the benefit of screening adults for hypertension and also recommends ambulatory blood pressure monitoring to confirm the diagnosis.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150107uspstfhypertension.html

2015 American Family Physician -- American Family Physician

Jan 2, 2015 - Search 2015 issues of American Family Physician, a publication of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

American Family Physician : AFP Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/afp/explore/past/2015.html

Mentoring, Telemedicine Offer Paths to Better Rural Health Care Access

Dec 17, 2014 - Technology is being used in creative ways to expand patients' access to health care in rural areas. But now, training and payment systems need to catch up.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20141217ruralhealthbrfng.html

Schizophrenia - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 2014 - Schizophrenia is the most common psychotic disease, with a global prevalence of less than 1%. It affects all ethnicities and is slightly more common in men. Patients with schizophrenia commonly experience debilitating social and occupational impairments, but some are able to function ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/1201/p775.html

Atrial Fibrillation - Clinical Practice Guideline -- Clinical Recommendation

Nov 24, 2014 - Access evidence-based guidelines on Management of Newly-Detected Atrial Fibrillation, developed by the AAFP in collaboration with the American College of Physicians.

Patient Care |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Clinical Recommendations

https://www.aafp.org/patient-care/clinical-recommendations/all/atrial-fibrillation.html

News in Brief: Week of Nov. 10-14

Nov 11, 2014 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: USPSTF Says Benefits of Thyroid Screening Unclear; Drink More Water, Kidney Stone Guideline Recommends; Million Hearts Website Introduces Healthy Lifestyle Center; and National Health IT Certification Body Suspends Operations.

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20141111wklynwsbrfs.html

Medications for Risk Reduction of Primary Breast Cancer in Women: Recommendation ...

Nov 1, 2014 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that clinicians engage in shared, informed decision making with women who are at increased risk of breast cancer about medications to reduce their risk. For women who are at increased risk of breast cancer and at low risk of ...

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

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/1101/od1.html

Niacin Does Not Improve Clinical Outcomes in Patients with Vascular Disease - POEMs - ...

Nov 1, 2014 - This large, adequately powered trial did not find any clinically meaningful benefit to the use of niacin in patients who are already taking a statin, even with several study design features that should bias the result in favor of niacin. Niacin should not be prescribed to reduce the ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/1101/p660a.html

Bariatric Surgery Plus Intensive Medical Therapy Is Better Than Medical Therapy Alone ...

Oct 15, 2014 - Bariatric surgery in conjunction with intensive medical therapy results in significantly enhanced glycemic control at three years compared with medical therapy alone, as well as better weight control, less use of glucose-lowering medications, and improved quality of life.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/1015/p579.html

Sickle Cell Disease Guideline Highlights Need to Treat Acute Episodes

Oct 8, 2014 - AAFP member Barbara Yawn, M.D., M.Sc., M.S.P.H., of Rochester, Minn., recently co-chaired a panel that developed a clinical guideline on managing sickle cell disease. These patients require prompt symptom management to prevent complications, as well as the regular preventive care family...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20141008sicklecellgdln.html

JNC8 Guidelines for the Management of Hypertension in Adults - Practice Guidelines - ...

Oct 1, 2014 - Hypertension is one of the most important preventable contributors to disease and death in the United States, leading to myocardial infarction, stroke, and renal failure when it is not detected early and treated appropriately. The Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC 8) recently ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/1001/p503.html

JNC 8: Relaxing the Standards - Editorials - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2014 - The Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC 8) recently issued the most anticipated hypertension guideline in some time. The most significant change in the JNC 8 guideline is relaxation of the systolic and diastolic blood pressure goals for adults 60 years and older. As a result of the new...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/1001/p449.html

No Benefit to Prolonged Dual Antiplatelet Therapy After Drug-Eluting Stent Placement - ...

Oct 1, 2014 - Prolonging dual antiplatelet therapy with aspirin plus clopidogrel (Plavix) for more than one year after the placement of a drug-eluting stent confers no clinical benefit.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/1001/p502.html

Make It Easy: Convenient Communication Can Boost Patient Adherence

Oct 1, 2014 - Make It Easy: Convenient Communication Can Boost Patient Adherence

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/make_it_easy_convenient_communication.html

Cardiac Risk Assessment -- FPM

Oct 1, 2014 - The Cardiac Risk Assist app allows health care professionals to calculate 10-year and lifetime risks for atherosclerotic cardiovascular (CV) disease.

Family Practice Management : SPPACES: App Reviews

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2014/0900/p32.html

Family Medicine Specialty

Sep 23, 2014 - Learn about the specialty of family medicine as well as access resources for medical students, residents and physicians interested in family medicine.

About AAFP : Get to Know the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/about/the-aafp/family-medicine-specialty.html

Top 20 Research Studies of 2013 for Primary Care Physicians - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2014 - In 2013, we performed monthly surveillance of more than 110 English-language clinical research journals, and identified approximately 250 studies that had the potential to change the practice of family physicians. Each study was critically appraised and summarized by a group of primary ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0915/p397.html

Top 20 POEMs of 2013 -- American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2014 - View a directory of the top 20 POEMs of 2013.

American Family Physician : AFP Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/afp/authors/ebm-toolkit/resources/poems-2013.html

Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease - American Family Physician

Sep 1, 2014 - Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is the most common inherited cause of kidney disease. Enlarging cysts within the kidneys are the clinical hallmark of the disease. Renal manifestations include varying degrees of kidney injury, urinary tract infections, kidney stones,...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0901/p303.html

ACE Inhibitors Decrease Cardiovascular Events in Patients with Diabetes, ARBs Do Not - ...

Sep 1, 2014 - In patients with diabetes, ACE inhibitors decrease cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality. ARBs do not. Both drug classes decrease heart failure incidence. Although both drug classes have been available for almost 15 years, there is only one study of 250 patients that directly ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0901/p326.html

Academy Endorses Guideline on Identifying, Treating Adult Obesity

Aug 19, 2014 - The AAFP has endorsed a guideline for identifying, evaluating and treating obesity in adults that was developed by the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association and the Obesity Society and published last November.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140819obesityendorse.html

Cardiovascular Effects of NSAIDs - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2014 - Aspirin does not elevate blood pressure. Among nonselective NSAIDs, ibuprofen increases the risk of hypertension and stroke. Diclofenac does not increase the risk of hypertension, but does increase the risk of stroke. Naproxen (Naprosyn) does not increase the risk of hypertension or ...

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0815/od2.html

ACC/AHA Release Updated Guideline on the Treatment of Blood Cholesterol to Reduce ASCVD...

Aug 15, 2014 - The Blood Cholesterol Expert Panel from the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) issued an updated evidence-based guideline in 2013 that addresses the use of fixed doses of cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins) to reduce the risk of ASCVD in ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0815/p260.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 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

2013 ACC/AHA Cholesterol Guideline Greatly Increases Number Eligible for Statin ...

Aug 15, 2014 - The new guideline from the ACC/AHA increases the number of adults between 40 and 75 years of age who are eligible to take statins by 12.8 million. The largest increases were among adults who would take statins for primary prevention and for adults between 60 and 75 years of age. The ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0815/od6.html

Skin in the Game: Shared Decision-making May Boost Patient Buy-in to Care Plan

Aug 5, 2014 - Skin in the Game: Shared Decision-making May Boost Patient Buy-in to Care Plan

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/skin_in_the_game_shared.html

Heads Up: School Sports Season Is Upon Us

Aug 5, 2014 - Heads Up: School Sports Season Is Upon Us

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/heads_up_school_sports_season.html

Delirium in Older Persons: Evaluation and Management - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2014 - Delirium is defined as an acute, fluctuating syndrome of altered attention, awareness, and cognition. It is common in older persons in the hospital and long-term care facilities and may indicate a life-threatening condition. Assessment for and prevention of delirium should occur at ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0801/p150.html

News in Brief: Week of July 14-18

Jul 20, 2014 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: Preconception, Interconception Care Toolkit Now Available; Washington Is Active on Opioids Issue; USPSTF Releases Preventive Care Guide; ONC Launches Challenge to Improve Hypertension; CMS Announces Second Round of Grants for Innovative ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20140720wklynwsbrfs.html

New Anticoagulants vs. Warfarin in Atrial Fibrillation: No Clear Winner - POEMs - ...

Jul 15, 2014 - In this meta-analysis, newer anticoagulants appear to be slightly more effective than warfarin in the short term (two years) in preventing strokes of all kinds in patients with atrial fibrillation. However, they are no more effective than warfarin in preventing ischemic strokes, and ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0715/p110a.html

ACP Releases Guideline on Screening, Monitoring, and Treatment of Stage 1 to 3 Chronic ...

Jul 15, 2014 - Based on a systematic evidence review, this guideline from the American College of Physicians (ACP) presents recommendations on screening, monitoring, and treatment of stage 1 to 3 chronic kidney disease in adults.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0715/p121.html

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