ACOG Confirms What FPs Know: Most Births Need Little Intervention
Robert Raspa, M.D., welcomed guidance from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists that says "many common obstetric practices are of limited or uncertain benefit for low-risk women in spontaneous labor."
Better Cancer Care Demands That FPs, Oncologists Work Together
AAFP Board Chair Wanda Filer, M.D., M.B.A., reports from a cancer symposium that communication between primary care physicians and oncologists is critical for patients' welfare.
What's in a Name? Annual Exam Jargon Causes Confusion
The abundance of terminology related to annual exams can be confusing for patients and even physicians. Lynne Lillie, M.D., breaks down what should be included in various types of exams and how to get paid for each of them.[Read More]
Making Our Point on Immunizations With Vaccine Manufacturers
The AAFP recently held a summit with representatives from seven manufacturers about vaccination rates, barriers to increasing rates and other issues related to immunizations.[Read More]
FPs Can Shape Social Determinants of Health Outside Clinic
Social factors can influence health more than medical advances. Stewart Decker, M.D., writes that family physicians have the perspective and influence needed to address social determinants of health beyond the exam room.[Read More]
Delta Incidents, Film Underscore Need for More Black Female Doctors
Two black female physicians recently said their offers to help ill passengers were rejected by flight crews because of race. Sadly, their stories aren't uncommon. AAFP Speaker Javette Orgain, M.D., M.P.H.; and Director Ada Stewart, M.D., write that black female physicians are doing vital work in our country, and more of them are needed.[Read More]
FPs Are There for Patients in Wake of Disaster
Hurricane Matthew recently claimed the lives of at least 25 people in North Carolina. Total damage to homes and businesses (including more than 100,000 damaged structures), as well as to crops in the state, is estimated at $1.5 billion. In the storm's aftermath, Mott Blair, M.D., reflects on family physicians' unique ability to care for their communities every day and in times of crisis.[Read More]
Prescribing for Opioid Addiction Is My Responsibility
Federal law requires physicians to pass an eight-hour course and apply for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine. Alan Schwartzstein, M.D., explains why he thinks it's a worthwhile investment.[Read More]
Help Patients Conquer Obesity With Education, Empathy -- Not Shame
Roughly two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese. How physicians broach the subject with these patients may determine whether or not they can help.
Right Thing to Do: Making the Case for Drug Pricing Transparency
Vermont recently became the first state to require drug manufacturers to justify large price increases. Will any other states -- or the federal government -- follow?
Men's Health Campaign Offers Opportunity to Tout Family Medicine
A report on men's health the AAFP released on Aug. 9 gave Academy leaders an opportunity to tell the media about the importance of having a family physician. Two AAFP officers conducted interviews with 39 media outlets in less than six hours.[Read More]
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