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Jun 13, 2013 - Search Department collections from past and current issues of AFP, the peer-reviewed clinical journal of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

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

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 ...

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

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 ...

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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, ...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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STEPS: Vortioxetine (Brintellix) for the Treatment of Depression - American Family ...

Mar 1, 2015 - Current evidence does not support the routine use of vortioxetine in the treatment of depression. Family physicians most often encounter patients with mild to moderate depression, and vortioxetine has not been studied in this population. There is no clear benefit of using vortioxetine ...

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STEPS: Lorcaserin (Belviq) for Weight Loss - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2014 - Lorcaserin, combined with diet and exercise, can be used to produce additional weight loss, although the effect on morbidity and mortality is not known. It should be discontinued in patients who do not lose at least 5% of their body weight in the first 12 weeks because they are unlikely...

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STEPS: Phentermine/Topiramate (Qsymia) for Chronic Weight Management - American ...

Oct 15, 2014 - Phentermine/topiramate has been shown to be a good option for sustained weight loss in patients who are unable to lose weight with diet and exercise alone. It should not be given to patients with a history of significant heart disease, and women of childbearing age should use ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

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...

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STEPS: Doxepin (Silenor) for Insomnia - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2011 - In older patients with primary insomnia, Silenor can increase duration of sleep without next-day effects. However, it does not significantly decrease the time to sleep onset, and it is less effective in younger adults.

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STEPS: Indacaterol (Arcapta) for COPD - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2014 - Indacaterol provides a similar benefit to other long-acting bronchodilators for the treatment of moderate to severe COPD, with once-daily dosing. As with other LABAs, it should be used only as add-on therapy in patients already taking inhaled corticosteroids.

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STEPS: Ivermectin Lotion (Sklice) for Head Lice - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2014 - Topical ivermectin is safe, effective, and easy to administer because it involves only a single application-rinse cycle and does not require nit combing. However, it is significantly more expensive than nonprescription treatments and its benefits may not be worth the cost for most ...

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STEPS: Roflumilast (Daliresp) for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease - American ...

Feb 15, 2014 - Roflumilast therapy has a limited role in patients with severe COPD, and no role in patients with mild to moderate COPD. It will not decrease the number of hospitalizations.

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STEPS: Apixaban (Eliquis) for Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation - American ...

Apr 15, 2014 - Apixaban is at least as effective as aspirin or warfarin for preventing strokes in high-risk patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation, especially those who cannot or will not take warfarin. It is slightly less likely to cause major bleeding and may have better compliance because it...

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STEPS: Spinosad (Natroba) for Head Lice - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2013 - Spinosad is safe and effective for the treatment of head lice; most patients will be lice-free after a single treatment. Nit combing following treatment is not necessary. These benefits must be weighed against its prescription-only status and higher cost compared with nonprescription ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

STEPS: Ticagrelor (Brilinta) for Secondary Prevention of Thrombotic Events Following...

Dec 15, 2013 - Ticagrelor is an alternative to clopidogrel for secondary prevention of cardiovascular death in patients with acute coronary syndrome. In an international study it was found to be more effective, but patients in the United States did not experience superior outcomes.

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STEPS: Emtricitabine/Tenofovir (Truvada) for HIV Prophylaxis - American Family ...

Oct 15, 2013 - When used with a comprehensive HIV prevention strategy, emtricitabine/tenofovir effectively prevents HIV-1 infection in high-risk patients. Adherence to daily dosing is important to maintain protection. The cost of therapy may limit access, and not all insurance companies currently ...

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STEPS: Vilazodone (Viibryd) for the Treatment of Depression - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2013 - The available evidence does not support the routine use of vilazodone in the treatment of depression. It is significantly more expensive than generic alternatives and is no more effective for moderate to severe depression than selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or tricyclic ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

STEPS: Tapentadol (Nucynta) for Treatment of Pain - American Family Physician

May 1, 2012 - Tapentadol is a DEA schedule II opioid medication with a safety profile, duration of action, frequency of dosing, and analgesic effect similar to those of other oral narcotics, although it is more expensive. At low doses, immediate-release tapentadol is better tolerated than oxycodone ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

The health plan two-step : Getting Paid -- A Family Practice Management blog

...The health plan two-step Most folks have heard of the Texas two-step. The Texas two-step is danced with two quick steps and two slow steps. The health plan two-step is even simpler. It is one step forward and one step backward. The latest demonstration comes courtesy of...

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