Archive for primary care

Is ‘good’ cholesterol actually bad?

Remember when we learned that hormone replacement therapy might harm—rather than help—postmenopausal women?  Or when the new PSA testing guidelines turned conventional wisdom on its head?  Remember the droves of anxious patients who worried that they had been mistreated, overtreated, or misled?  Read more

Removing Barriers to Diabetes Treatment

The Diabetes Working Group, composed of representatives from various medical associations, recently released a white paper containing recommendations for addressing barriers that prevent providers from delivering appropriate care to patients with diabetes. Read more

The Patients Have Spoken…

In overwhelming numbers, patients express interest in exploring the notes that their primary doctors write about them after an office visit, but doctors worry about the impact of such transparency on their patients and on their own workflow, according to a study just published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Read more

Social Barriers Impact Health, Too

An on-line survey of 1000 primary care physicians suggests that social barriers–such as a lack of access to basic housing, transportation, and nutritious foods–can impact patient health as much as access to direct medical care.  The survey was conducted in September and October 2011 on behalf of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.   Read more

Revisiting the Mammography Controversy

Great controversy ensued in 2009 when the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended that asymptomatic women undergo mammography every 2 years starting at age 50.  A new study sheds some surprising light on the fall-out from those recommendations.
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