Reviewing the evidence for cloth mask use among health care workers
(American Academy of Family Physicians) A rapid, evidence-based review summarizes the effectiveness of cloth masks in protecting health care clinicians from respiratory viral infections, such as COVID-19. Nine studies were included in the review, and all but one were conducted prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 12, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Primary care plays key role in managing COVID-19 in three Asian cities
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Despite having some of the densest living spaces and the highest number of international visitors, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Beijing have utilized their respective primary health care systems to keep their COVID-19 cases and deaths relatively low. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 12, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Black and Hispanic Californians face health discrimination; less trusting of clinicians
(American Academy of Family Physicians) A recent statewide survey of Californians uncovered that 30% of Black adults and 13% of Hispanic adults felt that they have been judged or treated differently by a health care provider because of their race/ethnicity or language. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Consent forms design influences patient willingness to share personal health information
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Patients are sometimes asked to share their personal health information for research purposes. Informed consent and trust are critical components in a patient's decision to participate in research. Researchers at the University of Florida conducted a three-arm randomized controlled trial to compare the effects on patient experiences of three electronic consent (e-consent) designs that asked them to share PHI for research purposes. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Fewer patient encounters drive decline in total primary care office visits
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Despite seeing gains in insurance coverage for preventive health services under the Affordable Care Act, the US has seen a declining rate of primary care visits over the past fifteen years. Are fewer individuals seeing primary care physicians? (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Treatment for chronic pain must address both physical and social pain
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Physical pain and social pain may be more closely related than previously thought. Social pain, which typically results from interpersonal rejection or abuse, has been viewed as a non-medical response to external factors. However, recent research suggests that some physical and social stress responses may arise because of shared processing in the brain. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

North Carolina simplifies medicaid enrollment, improves coverage for pregnant women
(American Academy of Family Physicians) North Carolina did not expand Medicaid eligibility under the ACA, which continued to put many low-income women at risk for losing health care coverage post partum. The state did comply with ACA standards for simplifying Medicaid enrollment. By automating the process and removing a stringent and often cumbersome financial assessment process, more low-income women qualified for full Medicaid and reduced the number of women who instead qualified for more limited benefits under the state's Medicaid for Pregnant Women program. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

January/February 2021 Annals of Family Medicine tip sheet
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Annals of Family Medicine is a peer-reviewed, indexed research journal that provides a cross-disciplinary forum for new, evidence-based information affecting the primary care disciplines. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Twitter croudsourcing found effective for dermatologic diagnoses
(American Academy of Family Physicians) New study from researchers at the University of Paris provides support for social media as a potentially useful tool in the doctor's diagnostic toolkit and a way for general practitioners with questions to connect to specialists who may have the answers. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New study examines medical practice patterns over time
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Variations in medical practice can have serious consequences for the quality, equity and cost of one's health care; however, it's unclear whether these disparities can be attributed to individual differences, from one doctor to another or to changes in your doctor's individual practice over time, perhaps in response to shifts in clinical guidelines or advancements in diagnostic technologists. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New analysis finds lung cancer screening reduces rates of lung cancer-specific death
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Low-dose CT screening methods may prevent one death per 250 at-risk adults screened, according to a meta-analysis of eight randomized controlled clinical trials of lung cancer screening. Researchers at the University of Georgia analyzed the health outcomes of 90,275 patients, comparing those who were screened versus those who received usual medical care or chest x-rays. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - November 10, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

November/December 2020 Annals of Family Medicine tip sheet
(American Academy of Family Physicians)Annals of Family Medicine is a peer-reviewed, indexed research journal that provides a cross-disciplinary forum for new, evidence-based information affecting the primary care disciplines. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - November 10, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Six ways primary care " medical homes " are lowering health care spending
(American Academy of Family Physicians) New analysis of 394 U.S. primary care practices identifies the aspects of care delivery that are associated with lower health care spending and lower utilization of emergency care and hospital admissions. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 10, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The EAR-PC study findings encourages screening for hearing loss in older adults
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Hearing loss is the second most common disability in the United States and comes with it a higher risk for being diagnosed with significant health conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes, dementia and depression, as well as higher health care cost and use. The Early Auditory Referral-Primary Care (EAR-PC) study was designed to address the lack of data about hearing loss screening. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 10, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Treating opioid addiction in primary care helps patients and cash-strapped medical practices
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Buprenorphine-based treatment for opioid addiction is in short supply in many areas of the United States. And while many physicians want to offer it, clinics are unsure how to offer buprenorphine therapy in a financially sustainable way. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 10, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Representation of female authors in family medicine academic journals is trending upward
This study from the Robert Graham Center examines female authorship of research published in three leading U.S. family medicine journals over time. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 10, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Under-insured transgender americans turn to riskier sources for gender-affirming hormones
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Transgender people who lack access to insurance coverage for gender-affirming hormone therapy are more likely to use hormones from sources other than a licensed prescriber, compared to those with insurance coverage. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 10, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New primary care tool to prescribe referrals for community health and social services
This study evaluated the implementation of CommunityRx-H3 through the perspective of primary care practice facilitators. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 10, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Potentially preventable hospitalizations among older adults: 2010-2014
(American Academy of Family Physicians) When complications due to diabetes, asthma, urinary tract infections, high blood pressure and other common conditions lead patients to visit the ER, researchers and health care quality administrators may label these visits as " potentially preventable hospitalizations. " That is, with good outpatient care, these visits could have been potentially avoided. Potentially preventable hospitalizations are costly and can negatively impact the health and well-being of individuals, particularly if they are older. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 10, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New CEO begins reshaping American Academy of Family Physicians' organizational structure
American Academy of Family Physicians, a Leawood-based medical society devoted solely to primary care, has announced a new chief strategy officer. Shawn Martin, who became CEO of AAFP on Aug. 1, has selected Shannon Scott for the new role. According to a Monday release, she also will become deputy executive vice president, which is the organization's second in command, on Jan. 1. Scott joined AAFP in 2016 as senior vice president of marketi ng, communications, membership, and meetings and conventions.… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - October 27, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Andrew Vaupel Source Type: news

New CEO begins reshaping American Academy of Family Physicians' organizational structure
American Academy of Family Physicians, a Leawood-based medical society devoted solely to primary care, has announced a new chief strategy officer. Shawn Martin, who became CEO of AAFP on Aug. 1, has selected Shannon Scott for the new role. According to a Monday release, she also will become deputy executive vice president, which is the organization's second in command, on Jan. 1. Scott joined AAFP in 2016 as senior vice president of marketi ng, communications, membership, and meetings and conventions.… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - October 27, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Andrew Vaupel Source Type: news

New CEO begins reshaping American Academy of Family Physicians' organizational structure
The new CEO of American Academy of Family Physicians has announced a new second in command. The Leawood-based medical society, which is devoted solely to primary care, picked an internal candidate as chief strategy officer and deputy executive vice president. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - October 27, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Andrew Vaupel Source Type: news

Patient access to after-hours primary care could prevent some less urgent ER visits
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Patients who receive in-home nursing care have lower emergency room utilization if they have access to after-hours primary care. Previous research found that home nursing patients in Ontario, Canada, have an increased risk of visiting the ER after normal clinic hours on the same day they receive a home nursing visit. These ER visits may be linked to the visiting nurse identifying a health issue they are unable to appropriately address during the visit. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Improved physician-patient relationships are associated with improved health
This study found an association between improved physician-patient relationships and improved patient-reported health status. Researchers at Case Western Reserve University found over a one-year period that while consistent access to a provider is important, the quality of each clinical encounter is equally as important in shaping a patient's reported overall health outcomes, as measured by the SF-12 quality of life questionnaire. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Expenditures for primary care may affect how primary care is delivered
This study looks at trends in out-of-pocket and total visit expenditures for visits to primary care physicians. Using the 2002-2017 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), the authors described changes in out-of-pocket and total visit expenditures for primary care visits for Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance. If current trends continue, the authors would expect increasing difficulty with primary care physician access, particularly for Medicaid patients. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Canadian researchers identify four barriers to use of 'gold-standard' abortion pill
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Canada is the first country to facilitate provision of medical abortion in primary care settings through evidence-based deregulation of mifepristone, which is considered the 'gold standard' for medical abortion. A Canadian study investigated the factors that influence successful initiation and ongoing provision of medical abortion services among Canadian health professionals and how these factors relate to abortion policies, systems and service access throughout the country. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Telehealth supports collaborative mental health care in the needs of rural patients
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Traditionally, primary care clinics connect patients who have mental health care needs to specialists like psychiatrists in a collaborative care model. However, rural clinics often lack the workforce capacity to provide collaborative behavioral health services. In a new qualitative study, rural Washington primary care clinics adopted telehealth methods to connect remotely with specialists. The study found that telepsychiatric collaboration prepared primary care physicians and rural clinic staff to deliver high quality mental health care in underserved areas. (Source: EurekAlert! - So...
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Rural counties with access to obstetrics have healthier infant birth outcomes
This study does not prove a causal link between access to obstetrical care and infant health outcomes, but it does suggest that obstetrical access may play a role in these disparities. These findings have broader implications for the more than half of all rural counties in the United States that do not have access to hospital-based obstetrical care. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The public charge rule: What physicians can do to support immigrant health
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Physicians from the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine summarize current knowledge on the public benefits included in the 'public charge' rule and offer suggestions for family physicians to support the health of their immigrant patients and families. The authors conclude that 'family physicians can effectively respond to patient and immigrant community concerns about these changes by providing outreach education, access to primary health care, and referrals to legal and social services.' (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

September/October 2020 Annals of Family Medicine tip sheet
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Annals of Family Medicine is a peer-reviewed, indexed research journal that provides a cross-disciplinary forum for new, evidence-based information affecting the primary care disciplines. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

American Animal Hospital Association and American Association of Feline Practitioners release new Feline Vaccination Guidelines
(SAGE) The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) convened a panel of experts to update the 2013 AAFP Feline Vaccination Advisory Panel Report. The release of the 2020 AAHA/AAFP Feline Vaccination Guidelines provides updated recommendations and the most current information for feline vaccinations. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Wichita doctor chosen for national teaching award
Wichita physician Edward Lind is the recipient of the American Academy of Family Physicians 2020 Exemplary Teaching Award in the volunteer category, the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians announced Thursday. Lind was the state winner of the honor, then nominated for the national award. The award goes to a doctor with exemplary teaching skills, as well as those who have implemented outstanding educational programs or innovative teaching models. The AAFP noted in its award that while most volunteer… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - August 20, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: WBJ Staff Source Type: news

New Guidelines Recommend Topicals for Musculoskeletal Injuries New Guidelines Recommend Topicals for Musculoskeletal Injuries
Topical NSAIDs were among most effective for immediate and continued pain and symptom relief for non-low back musculoskeletal pain, according to new ACP/AAFP guidelines.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - August 20, 2020 Category: Neurology Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

New Guidelines Urge OTC Painkillers, Not Opioids
The recommendations, from the American College of Physicians and American Academy of Family Medicine (AAFP), cover acute musculoskeletal injuries -- woes ranging from sprained joints and strained muscles, to inflamed tendons and whiplash. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - August 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

ACP, AAFP Issue Guidelines for Acute Musculoskeletal Injuries
TUESDAY, Aug. 18, 2020 -- Topical nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are recommended for the treatment of acute pain from non-low back, musculoskeletal injuries, according to a clinical guideline developed by the American College of... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - August 18, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

AAFP Member Purchase Opportunity for Hard-to-Find PPE
The AAFP is collaborating with Project N95 to give Academy members limited-time access to purchase personal protective equipment, even in small quantities. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 10, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Offering Members Opportunity to Purchase Hard-to-Find PPE
The AAFP is collaborating with Project N95 to give Academy members limited-time access to purchase personal protective equipment, even in small quantities. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 10, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Students, Residents Elect 2021 Leadership
In their first remote election, delegates to the National Congress of Family Medicine Residents and the National Congress of Student Members chose new leaders to represent them in the coming year. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 6, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FPs Urge Residents, Students to Be Voice for Patients
Veteran family physicians urged attendees at the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students not to underestimate their ability to make a difference outside the clinic. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 5, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

' Think Big' to Reimagine Family Medicine, Speakers Advise
For their virtual mainstage event at the 2020 National Conference, AAFP CEO/EVP Shawn Martin and Farzad Mostashari, M.D., M.P.H., talked about the future of family medicine. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 4, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Be Prepared: Program Directors Offer Advice on Virtual Match
Program directors Deborah Clements, M.D., and Kristina Diaz, M.D., offered students advice on navigating the virtual match during a session at the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 4, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Teenage Injuries Put FP on Sports Medicine Career Path
His own athletic injuries sparked an interest in a health care career. Now Deepak Patel, M.D., is caring for athletes and sharing his expertise with medical students, residents and his peers. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 3, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Study Examines Telehealth, Rural Disparities in Pandemic
New research suggests that telehealth services can improve health disparities for patients in rural areas, but lack of broadband access remains a barrier for many. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 30, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

HHS Issues Reporting Requirements for COVID-19 Testing
HHS has imposed new reporting requirements that implement the agency's June guidance establishing national standards for data elements and patient demographic information related to COVID-19 testing that must be collected and reported. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 30, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Advocacy Visible in Value-based Payment Legislation
In a July 24 letter, the AAFP lauded the Value in Health Care Act's support of value-based care models and accountable care organizations. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 30, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Videos Offer Peek at New AAFP Website, Mobile App
Three new videos highlight changes coming to aafp.org and the AAFP mobile app on Aug. 17 that promise to streamline content for practicing family physicians, residents and students. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 28, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Family Medicine Is Key to Her Career in Global Health
When Erin Ferenchick, M.D., realized she needed more skills to make a difference in global health, she went back to school to become a family physician. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 27, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Updates Unhealthy Drug Use, OUD Screening Guidance
The AAFP has published an updated recommendation statement on screening for unhealthy drug use and a separate recommendation on screening for opioid use disorder, which differ somewhat from guidance issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 23, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Dietary Guidelines Committee Issues 2020 Scientific Report
The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recently released its 2020 Scientific Report, with new consideration of early-life nutrition and dietary patterns. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 23, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Seeks Candidates for 2020-2021 Health Equity Fellowship
The AAFP and Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors are seeking applicants for the 2020-2021 Health Equity Fellowship; applications are due by Oct. 1. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 23, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news