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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

AAFP: FDA E-Cigarette Rule Great Step Forward for Public Health

May 5, 2016 - FDA E-Cigarette Rule Great Step Forward for Public Health

Press Center : News Releases and Statements

http://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2016/e-cigarette-rule.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 : The Last Word

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

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

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 : From The Editor

http://www.aafp.org/fpm/2009/1100/p6.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: 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 : From The Editor

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

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

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

Identification and Management of Peripartum Depression - American Family Physician

May 15, 2016 - Peripartum depression affects up to one in seven women and is associated with significant maternal and neonatal morbidity if untreated. A history of depression is the strongest risk factor for developing peripartum depression. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening...

American Family Physician : Article

http://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0515/p852.html

Management of Constipation in Older Adults - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2015 - Chronic constipation is common in adults older than 60 years, and symptoms occur in up to 50% of nursing home residents. Primary constipation is also referred to as functional constipation. Secondary constipation is associated with chronic disease processes, medication use, and ...

American Family Physician : Article

http://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0915/p500.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

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

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

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

STEPS: Alirocumab (Praluent) for Treatment of Hyperlipidemia - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2016 - Alirocumab is a novel lipid-lowering therapy that is highly effective at lowering LDL cholesterol when used in addition to statin therapy and diet. Its use should be limited to patients with either heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia or clinical atherosclerotic cardiovascular ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

http://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0815/p310.html

Hemoptysis: Evaluation and Management - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2015 - Hemoptysis is the expectoration of blood from the lung parenchyma or airways. The initial step in the evaluation is determining the origin of bleeding. Pseudohemoptysis is identified through the history and physical examination. In adults, acute respiratory tract infections (e.g., ...

American Family Physician : Article

http://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0215/p243.html

Lung Cancer: Diagnosis, Treatment Principles, and Screening - American Family Physician

Feb 15, 2015 - Lung cancer is classified histologically into small cell and non–small cell lung cancers. The most common symptoms of lung cancer are cough, dyspnea, hemoptysis, and systemic symptoms such as weight loss and anorexia. High-risk patients who present with symptoms should undergo chest ...

American Family Physician : Article

http://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0215/p250.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

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

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

Detecting Elder Abuse and Neglect: Assessment and Intervention - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2014 - Elder mistreatment includes intentional or neglectful acts by a caregiver or trusted person that harm a vulnerable older person. It can occur in a variety of settings. One out of 10 older adults experiences some form of abuse or neglect by a caregiver each year, and the incidence is ...

American Family Physician : Article

http://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0315/p453.html

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