April 2015 Issue of Clinical Advisor
Without insurance, insulin costs $120 to $400 per month, which can be a substantial barrier to many patients with diabetes.
Anticoagulants are associated with an increased risk for bleeding, but for most patients, the benefits outweigh the bleeding risk.
The current screening criteria for lung cancer may not be sensitive enough to protect people at risk, given the recent decline in smoking rates.
Inappropriate use of imaging was strongly associated with the hospital referral regions in which patients were treated.
Clinicians should not use resting or stress electrocardiography, stress echocardiography, or stress myocardial perfusion imaging to screen low-risk adults for cardiac disease.
Only a minority of primary care providers appropriately screen or intervene with at-risk alcohol users.
Educating patients can help them see the importance of having an accurate medication list.
Even if they are not cost-effective, routine ultrasounds for women with dense breasts are still important.
Use the acronyms PASS and PAID to remember important murmurs
Use a calendar page to explain what medications patients should take when.
Since 2002, the urine test of choice is a urine albumin-to-creatinine ratio (UACR), which is a spot urine test.
In diagnosing mycosis fungoides, biopsy is mandatory.
A nurse practitioner asks about a 21-year-old man who reports that his family is telling him that he is forgetful.
Clinicians continue to weigh in on the debate surrounding full-practice authority.
A 38-year-old women with severe obesity can be recommended a variety of health interventions based on her health risks.
Adequate fiber intake is critical for maintaining good health, but only 5% of Americans consume the recommended daily amount.
Becoming a parent can provide a new perspective for health care providers working in pediatrics.
Alternative Meds Update
Xylitol is a primary sugar alcohol that can be used to help various dental problems as well as upper respiratory and ear infections.
A clinician is sued despite catching an overprescribed medication in a patient's admission orders.