Primary Care

Three Ineffective Institutional Approaches to Quality Improvement in Healthcare | Medical Blog

Three of the leading organizational obstacles to effectiveness of quality improvement in healthcare are related to lack of internalization, lack of management support, and a punitive management attitude toward error.

Advancing Genomic Tests in Cardiovascular Medicine | Medical Blog

We can “scarcely imagine a more exciting time to be engaged in translational research” in cardiology. This is the opinion of the authors of a recent American

The Digital Divide & Older Patients | Opinion Article

Over the last several years, many resources have been invested in internet-based interventions to improve health as a result of government programs and initiatives led by healthcare

Filling Prescriptions After Opioid-Related Hospitalizations | Feature

New data suggest that greater efforts are needed to ensure that patients who are hospitalized for opioid addiction or misuse receive recommended services for post-treatment.

CME/CE: The Overuse of NSAIDs | Feature

Research suggests that despite widespread use, NSAIDs appear to be associated with several side effects when misused or overused that may make use of these medications dangerous in certain populations and in combination with other drugs.

CME/CE: Guidelines for Managing Breast Cancer Survivors | Feature

Experts have issued guidelines for managing the care of women with a history of invasive breast cancer. The recommendations can help clinicians increase awareness of and better manage potential long-term and late effects of the disease as well as assist with providing timely and appropriate screening and surveillance.

Continuing Life Sustaining Therapy in the Face of Futility | Medical Blog

One of the most difficult challenges physicians encounter is assisting terminally ill patients who are nearing the ends of their lives. These patients and their families are

Conference Highlights: SABCS 2017 | Conference Coverage

New research was presented at SABCS 2017, the 40th annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, from December 5 to 9. The features below highlight some of the studies that emerged from the conference.

OTC Medications for Diabetics: 7 Considerations | Feature

Many over-the-counter medications contain carbohydrates that can affect blood glucose levels in patients with diabetes. When recommending OTC medications to this patient population, clinicians can consider seven key points.

CME/CE: Changing Behaviors in HIV-Infected Smokers | Feature

A meta-analysis suggests that targeted behavioral smoking cessation interventions appear to help HIV-infected smokers kick their habit. Patients who attend more sessions are more likely to succeed in quitting smoking.

#PWChat – Exercise as Medicine: PART III | Feature

Join us Wednesday, January 10 at 3:00pm ET for Part III of our live, interactive tweetchat series with Greg Wells, PhD, on how to help patients make

Changing Behaviors in HIV-Infected Smokers | Feature

A meta-analysis suggests that targeted behavioral smoking cessation interventions appear to help HIV-infected smokers kick their habit. Patients who attend more sessions are more likely to succeed in quitting smoking.

CME/CE: COPD & Provider Accessibility | Feature

Research from the CDC indicates that although the vast majority of patients with COPD reside within close proximity to a primary care physician, many lack such access to pulmonologists. Even in some urban areas, pulmonologists are outnumbered by COPD patients at a rate of 1,600:1.

CME/CE: A Closer Look at Leftover Pain Drugs | Feature

A survey has found that many parents hold onto their child’s leftover pain drugs. The findings highlight the need for healthcare providers to talk with parents and guide them on what to do with these medications after they are no longer needed.

2017 HIV/AIDS Statistics – Facts on Rates, Cost & More | Feature

In the 1980s, at the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, more than 59,000 Americans lost their lives to this brutal disease. The $146.6 billion that federal funding

Statin Continuation Following an Adverse Event | Feature

Study results indicate that the benefits of statin therapy appear to outweigh the risks among high-risk patients. These agents should be continued even in the face of an adverse reaction in this patient population.

Key Changes to Biosimilar Reimbursement Policy | Feature

Smart changes to Medicare Reimbursement will mean a more competitive market and more options for patients.

#PWChat – Why Doctors Are Losing the Public’s Trust | Feature

Join us Wednesday, December 13 at 3:00pm ET for PART II of our live, interactive tweetchat with Linda Girgis, MD, based on her blog post on why

CME/CE: Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy in Older Cancer Patients | Feature

New research indicates that stereotactic body radiation therapy appears to be safe and effective in older patients with cancer.

CME/CE: Addressing Sugar Intake to Achieve Weight Loss | Feature

Researchers have detailed the dangers of fructose, particularly high-fructose corn syrup, in the diet. They note the benefits of even small, short-term changes to fructose intake.

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