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Appropriate Prescribing of Medications: An Eight-Step Approach - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2007 - A systematic approach advocated by the World Health Organization can help minimize poor-quality and erroneous prescribing. This six-step approach to prescribing suggests that the physician should (1) evaluate and dearly define the patient's problem; (2) specify the therapeutic ...

American Family Physician : Article

http://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0115/p231.html

10 Steps to Preparing Your Office for ICD-10 -- Now - Family Practice Management

Feb 1, 2014 - ICD-10 will go into effect on Oct. 1, 2014, for services provided on or after that date. The transition to ICD-10 will be significant and requires proper planning and preparation. First steps include obtaining a copy of the ICD-10 code book and orienting yourself to the new code set, ...

Family Practice Management : Articles

http://www.aafp.org/fpm/2014/0100/p9.html

The Last Word: Five Steps for Building Your Leadership Skills - Family Practice Management

Oct 1, 2014 - Physicians are already considered leaders inside the exam room but may need to hone their leadership skills outside of the exam room. This article describes five steps physicians can take to increase their leadership skills, from taking an interest in staff members' personal lives to ...

Family Practice Management : Articles

http://www.aafp.org/fpm/2014/0900/p40.html

Eight Steps to a Chart Audit for Quality - Family Practice Management

Aug 1, 2008 - The article describes a step-by-step process to performing chart audits for assessing quality of care in a practice.

Family Practice Management : Articles

http://www.aafp.org/fpm/2008/0700/pa3.html

Five Steps to a Performance Evaluation System - Family Practice Management

Mar 1, 2003 - The author provides a step-by-step approach to developing and implementing a fair and consistent employee performance evaluation system.

Family Practice Management : Articles

http://www.aafp.org/fpm/2003/0300/p43.html

Health Literacy in Primary Care Practice - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2015 - Health literacy includes a set of skills needed to make appropriate health decisions and successfully navigate the health care system. These skills include reading, writing, numeracy, communication, and, increasingly, the use of electronic technology. National data indicate that more ...

American Family Physician : Article

http://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0715/p118.html

Ten Steps to a Patient-Centered Medical Home - Family Practice Management

Dec 1, 2009 - The author recommends an organized, step-by-step approach to converting a typical family medicine practice to a patient-centered medical home.

Family Practice Management : Articles

http://www.aafp.org/fpm/2009/1100/p18.html

From The Editor: Step-by-Step Practice Transformation - Family Practice Management

Dec 1, 2009 - Clearly, it's possible to improve your practice one piece at a time. But can you ever achieve radical practice redesign by this route? The author introduces an article by Anton Kuzel, MD, MHPE, which proposes a step-by-step plan for revolutionizing your practice.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

http://www.aafp.org/fpm/2009/1100/p6.html

From The Editor: Climbing One Step at a Time - Family Practice Management

Feb 1, 2010 - Practice redesign is a huge, daunting task that becomes more manageable if you take it one step at a time -- and not just because you're tackling it piecemeal. There's some synergy at work.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

http://www.aafp.org/fpm/2010/0100/p7.html

Diagnosis of Heel Pain - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2011 - Heel pain is a common presenting symptom in ambulatory clinics. There are many causes, but a mechanical etiology is most common. Location of pain can be a guide to the proper diagnosis. The most common diagnosis is plantar fasciitis, a condition that leads to medial plantar heel pain, ...

American Family Physician : Article

http://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/1015/p909.html

Differentiation and Diagnosis of Tremor - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2011 - Tremor, an involuntary, rhythmic, oscillatory movement of a body part, is the most common movement disorder encountered in clinical practice. Rest tremors occur in a body part that is relaxed and completely supported against gravity. Action tremors occur with voluntary contraction of a ...

American Family Physician : Article

http://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0315/p697.html

Diagnosis and Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2011 - Plantar fasciitis, a self-limiting condition, is a common cause of heel pain in adults. It affects more than 1 million persons per year, and two-thirds of patients with plantar fasciitis will seek care from their family physician. Plantar fasciitis affects sedentary and athletic ...

American Family Physician : Article

http://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0915/p676.html

Differential Diagnosis of Polyarticular Arthritis - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2015 - Polyarticular arthritis is commonly encountered in clinical settings and has multiple etiologies. The first step is to distinguish between true articular pain and nonarticular or periarticular conditions by recognizing clinical patterns through the history and physical examination. Once...

American Family Physician : Article

http://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0701/p35.html

Diagnosis and Management of Contact Dermatitis - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2010 - Contact dermatitis is a common inflammatory skin condition characterized by erythematous and pruritic skin lesions that occur after contact with a foreign substance. There are two forms of contact dermatitis: irritant and allergic. Irritant contact dermatitis is caused by the ...

American Family Physician : Article

http://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0801/p249.html

STEPS: Guanfacine (Intuniv) for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder - American ...

Feb 15, 2011 - Guanfacine is an effective short-term treatment option for ADHD in children six to 12 years of age. Sedation is a marked problem in many children. Patients should take the medication daily to avoid adverse effects that occur with abrupt discontinuation or when the guanfacine is restarted.

American Family Physician : STEPS

http://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0215/p468.html

Management of COPD Exacerbations - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2010 - Exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease contribute to the high mortality rate associated with the disease. Randomized controlled trials have demonstrated the effectiveness of multiple interventions. The first step in outpatient management should be to increase the dosage ...

American Family Physician : Article

http://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0301/p607.html

AAFP Disagrees With Justice Department Blockade of OTC Access to Plan B One-Step

May 8, 2013 - The AAFP has weighed in on the legal battle regarding emergency contraception now playing out in the nation's courts. In a prepared statement issued May 6, Academy Board Chair Glen Stream, M.D., M.B.I., of Spokane, Wash., disagreed with the U.S. Department of Justice's May 1 appeal of a...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20130508plan-b-letter.html

Update on Acute Ankle Sprains - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2012 - Ankle sprains are a common problem seen by primary care physicians, especially among teenagers and young adults. Most ankle sprains are inversion injuries to the lateral ankle ligaments, although high sprains representing damage to the tibiofibular syndesmosis are becoming increasingly ...

American Family Physician : Article

http://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0615/p1170.html

Common Breast Problems - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2012 - A palpable mass, mastalgia, and nipple discharge are common breast symptoms for which patients seek medical attention. Patients should be evaluated initially with a detailed clinical history and physical examination. Most women presenting with a breast mass will require imaging and ...

American Family Physician : Article

http://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0815/p343.html

Provision of Contraception: Key Recommendations from the CDC - American Family Physician

May 1, 2015 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released comprehensive recommendations for provision of family planning services. Contraceptive services may be addressed in five steps, and counseling may be provided in a tiered approach, whereby the most effective options are ...

American Family Physician : Article

http://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0501/p625.html

Outpatient Management of Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome - American Family Physician

Nov 1, 2013 - Approximately 2% to 9% of patients seen in a family physician’s office have alcohol dependence. These patients are at risk of developing alcohol withdrawal syndrome if they abruptly abstain from alcohol use. Alcohol withdrawal syndrome begins six to 24 hours after the last intake of ...

American Family Physician : Article

http://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/1101/p589.html

STEPS: Naltrexone/Bupropion (Contrave) for Weight Loss - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2015 - Naltrexone/bupropion produces clinically significant weight loss when combined with a diet and exercise program. It decreases body weight in patients with diabetes, but its effect on diabetic outcomes is not known. A significant proportion of patients will experience adverse effects.

American Family Physician : STEPS

http://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0415/p554.html

STEPS: Dapagliflozin (Farxiga) for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2015 - Dapagliflozin will lower A1C levels by an average of 0.7 percentage points when used alone or by an average of 0.5 percentage points when added to metformin therapy. Its effect on diabetes-associated morbidity and mortality has not been studied, and although it is well tolerated, there ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

http://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0615/p828.html

HHS Blocks Expanded OTC Access to Plan B One-Step

Dec 13, 2011 - HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' recent decision to countermand FDA approval of OTC access to a specific emergency contraceptive for girls younger than 17 may have closed the door for now on the regulatory aspects of this issue, but it has reopened discussion of the topic among some ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20111213planb.html

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