Primary Care

Healthcare issues of the LGBT community: What the primary care clinician should know

Healthcare issues of the LGBT community: What the primary care clinician should know

A greater understanding of the healthcare issues specific to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community may improve the quality of care.

PCPs not addressing psychosocial issues in geriatric care

PCPs not addressing psychosocial issues in geriatric care

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Many geriatric patients expressed dissatisfaction with patient/provider discussions regarding psychosocial issues.

Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative: a mid-term report

Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative: a mid-term report

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Two years into the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative, delivery of primary care has improved while expenses and patient experiences have not.

Collaborating on interventional pain management in primary care

Collaborating on interventional pain management in primary care

Interventional pain specialists can work together with primary care providers to provide the best care for patients managing chronic pain.

CDC releases guideline for prescribing opioids for chronic pain in primary care

CDC releases guideline for prescribing opioids for chronic pain in primary care

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The CDC's new guideline regarding opioid therapy for chronic pain focuses on balancing potential benefits and harms to the patient.

E-consultations between PCPs, specialists can increase care access

E-consultations between PCPs, specialists can increase care access

Electronic consultation between PCPs and specialists can resolve cases faster than if a patient followed up with a specialist themselves.

Supportive-care visits while hospitalized linked to fewer adverse outcomes

Supportive-care visits while hospitalized linked to fewer adverse outcomes

Visited patients were also more likely to access community health services.

Monitoring program improves chronic pain management in primary care

Monitoring program improves chronic pain management in primary care

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Patient monitoring and pain specialist support can help primary care practitioners better manage their patients taking opioids for chronic pain.

In Uganda, clinical officers rise to the challenge of meeting public health needs

In Uganda, clinical officers rise to the challenge of meeting public health needs

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In Uganda, clinical officers are addressing public health needs by training to work in rural areas and treating the country's growing population.

Primary care providers often yield to patient requests for unnecessary referrals

Primary care providers often yield to patient requests for unnecessary referrals

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More than half of primary care providers report making unnecessary referrals to specialists, and more than a third prescribe brand-name drugs when asked by patients.

Primary care providers are often sole mental health resource for children

Primary care providers are often sole mental health resource for children

More than one-third of children being treated for mental health conditions only see a primary care provider for management of their condition.

Primary care intervention can boost smoking cessation rate

Primary care intervention can boost smoking cessation rate

Participants in the National Lung Screening Trial had a greater chance of quitting after clinicians scheduled follow-up counseling after screenings.

Responses to changes in healthcare technology are mixed

Responses to changes in healthcare technology are mixed

Primary care providers are generally positive on how healthcare technology affects quality of care, negative on how it affects performance assessment.

Optimize primary care visits through delegation

Optimize primary care visits through delegation

Delegating various tasks to other team members can help increase primary care productivity.

Health insurance should cover primary care inpatient consultations, says AAFP

Health insurance should cover primary care inpatient consultations, says AAFP

Health insurance companies should considering paying PCP for inpatient consulting services.

Primary care physicians can help bridge hospital transition gaps

Primary care physicians can help bridge hospital transition gaps

Care coordination can help hospital patients transition from inpatient to outpatient-only care.

Electronic cigarettes—The primary care provider's response

Electronic cigarettes—The primary care provider's response

Although e-cigarettes may not be considered healthy, they may be the lesser of two evils when compared with traditional tobacco cigarettes.

Beach medicine pearls (and seashell lacerations)

Beach medicine pearls (and seashell lacerations)

Fun at the beach exposes children and adults to a number of hazards—some avoidable, such as sunburn, and some less so.

When is a freckle just a freckle?

When is a freckle just a freckle?

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Health care professionals, like patients, can often jump to the worst conclusions when making a diagnosis.

Glycemic control improves with more electronic clinician notes

Glycemic control improves with more electronic clinician notes

Clinicians who take more electronic notes on lifestyle counseling help their diabetic patients achieve lower HbA1c.

The provider's role in nonprescription therapy

The provider's role in nonprescription therapy

A primary care provider helps patients make informed decisions about when an OTC medicine or supplement could be beneficial.

How much sleep do we really need?

How much sleep do we really need?

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Although an average of 8 hours is recommended, people may need to sleep more or less than that.

Overcoming nocturnal leg cramps

Overcoming nocturnal leg cramps

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Nocturnal leg cramps are a relatively common complaint, but there is little research on treatments.

Viewing pupil response to light 
in a patient with brown eyes


Viewing pupil response to light 
in a patient with brown eyes


Clinicians can use two lights of different brightness to view pupil response in dark eyes.

PCP shortage expected by 2035

PCP shortage expected by 2035

An additional 1,700 primary-care residency slots will be necessary by 2035 based on current production.

Behavioral counseling aids weight loss

Behavioral counseling aids weight loss

Overweight or obese patients who undergo behavioral counseling lose more weight than those who do not.

What causes disproportionate death in your state?

What causes disproportionate death in your state?

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A new map highlights mortality rates, state by state.

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