Primary Care

Primary Care Provider Burnout Rate Low in Small Practices

Primary Care Provider Burnout Rate Low in Small Practices

In survey of independent practices in NYC, higher adaptive reserve linked to lower odds of burnout.

Insurance Status Tied to Higher Self-Perceived Poor/Fair Health

Insurance Status Tied to Higher Self-Perceived Poor/Fair Health

Underinsured and never insured adults more likely to report poor/fair health.

Nonmedical expenses of pediatric hospitalizations have disproportionate effects

Caregivers of hospitalized children had median nonmedical expenses and lost wages totaling $51.4 per day of hospitalization.

PCPs Often Not Meeting Needs of Seniors With Chronic Conditions

PCPs Often Not Meeting Needs of Seniors With Chronic Conditions

Eight-six percent of PCPs feel unable to adequately address needs of patients with multiple chronic conditions

Should Clinicians Treat Family and Friends? Three Experts Weigh In

Should Clinicians Treat Family and Friends? Three Experts Weigh In

Although all of the guidelines acknowledge that there are emergent situations in which providing care for a family member or friend is not only permissible but also essential, other situations are frowned upon.

Presence of Nurse Practitioners Growing in Primary Care

Presence of Nurse Practitioners Growing in Primary Care

Findings from 2008 to 2016 in both rural and nonrural practices.

Vertical Mergers Could Be Challenging for Primary Care

Vertical Mergers Could Be Challenging for Primary Care

Vertical level mergers, which incorporate not just health care providers, but also insurers, retailers, and PBMs, could pose challenges in primary care.

ABIM research suggests that doctors who maintain board certification provide better patient care

Physicians who maintained Board Certification were associated with improved Health Effectiveness Data and Information Set score.

Recommendations for Psychological Treatment of Anxiety in Primary Care

Recommendations for Psychological Treatment of Anxiety in Primary Care

Increased implementation of integrated primary care could help to improve the availability of psychological treatment for this patient population.

USPSTF Advises PCPs to Screen Adults for Unhealthy Alcohol Use

USPSTF Advises PCPs to Screen Adults for Unhealthy Alcohol Use

Screening, counseling advised for adults, including pregnant women; evidence lacking for teens

Survey-based priming intervention linked to improved communication and goals-of-care discussions amongst patient-clinician pairs

Goals-of-care discussions were linked to improved patient outcomes and reduction of intensity in end-of-life care. The current study demonstrated that a survey-based intervention for priming clinicians with communication strategies was linked to increase in the occurrence, documentation, and quality of GOC discussions.

Preventive Care Use Lower When Eligible Services Are Higher

Preventive Care Use Lower When Eligible Services Are Higher

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The rate of preventive care use is lower when the number of guideline-recommended services is higher, and prioritizing recommendations may improve use of high-value services.

24-Hour clinics could provide sustainable primary care

24-Hour clinics could provide sustainable primary care

Some believe clinics offering 24-hour primary care may facilitate the quality of patient care.

The CVS/Aetna merger and the future of primary care

The CVS/Aetna merger and the future of primary care

Both CVS and Aetna care deeply about the prices of pharmaceuticals, but they are hoping to maximize company profits, not consumer savings.

Patients treated by PCP in hospital have longer stay, lower mortality

Patients treated by PCP in hospital have longer stay, lower mortality

Patients treated by PCPs vs hospitalists can have lengthier hospital stays and lower 30-day mortality rates.

Managing pain in primary care

Managing pain in primary care

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A FNP reflects on his experiences working with pain management patients prescribed opioids.

AANP 2017: More NPs choosing primary care

AANP 2017: More NPs choosing primary care

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Nearly 90% of nurse practitioners are prepared in primary care programs in 2017.

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.

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