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COVID-19 study confirms low transmission in educational settings
New research from University of Sydney finds COVID-19 transmission rates in NSW schools and early childcare education and care settings were minimal, particularly between children and from children to adults. (2020-08-03)
Physician practices with more female doctors have smallest gender pay gaps
A study shows female physicians have more equitable income when they work in practices with more doctors who are women. (2020-07-30)
Investment, health policy changes are key for new Alzheimer's treatments
Two new USC reports describe a challenging obstacle course for patients to access Alzheimer's disease treatments once they become available. (2020-07-30)
Telemedicine can help safety net providers expand access to medical specialists
The use of telemedicine has grown rapidly during the coronavirus pandemic, but it's unclear whether those gains will ge permanent. (2020-07-29)
Tracking symptoms with app an inexact predictor of coronavirus infection
A new piece in Family Practice indicates that tracking symptoms affiliated with the novel coronavirus through an app may not be a good predictor of the spread of the disease. (2020-07-28)
Risk of sepsis greatest for patients with frailty, older age or urinary tract infections
Patients with frailty, older age and urinary tract infections (UTIs) are at greatest risk of developing sepsis following infection consultations in primary care, research has found. (2020-07-24)
Decision support system within the EHR system can increase provider awareness of CKD
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) affects approximately 37 million U.S. adults and less than 25% are aware of their disease. (2020-07-16)
Machine learning accurately predicts who's who in the health care workforce
Until recently, economists, policy makers and workforce experts have relied on outdated and inaccurate snapshots of the US physician workforce, making it especially difficult to predict the need and availability of health care services across the country. (2020-07-14)
Majority of US men want their doctors to ask about intimate partner violence
Nine out of 10 US men ages 18 to 35 support health care providers asking about intimate partner violence, according to new survey analysis. (2020-07-14)
COVID-19 makes clear the need to address social determinants of health
University of Michigan public health experts Julia Wolfson and Cindy Leung argue that the COVID-19 pandemic has made glaringly apparent the structural conditions that underlie inequities in our nation's health. (2020-07-14)
The five phases of pandemic care for primary care
The authors present a roadmap for necessary primary care practice transformations to care for patients and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. (2020-07-14)
International conference on social determinants of health identified change needs
In November 2019, clinicians, health administrators, educators and researchers from around the world gathered in Toronto to discuss how to best address social determinants of health from a primary care perspective. (2020-07-14)
Participants in CPC+ are diverse but not representative of all primary care practices
This study analyzes patterns of participation in the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus initiative which is the largest voluntary primary care payment and delivery reform model tested to date. (2020-07-14)
LGBT-friendly medical practices improve STD/HIV screening rates for vulnerable populations
This report--describing the first national quality improvement collaborative focused on providing culturally affirming care for LGBT people--finds that making primary care practices more LGBT-friendly and inclusive may improve STD and HIV screening rates among this vulnerable population. (2020-07-14)
Graduates of family medicine residencies are likely to enter and remain in family medicine
This study provides an overview of the characteristics of physicians who completed family medicine residency training from 1994 to 2017. (2020-07-14)
Antibiotic allergy reporting may lead to resistance, higher costs, decreased safety
Antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed medications, but in determining the most appropriate prescription for a patient, doctors and pharmacists often rely on inaccurate records of the patient's antibiotic allergies. (2020-07-14)
Robert Graham Center: First steps towards gender parity in academic authorship
Researchers affiliated with the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care conducted a descriptive bibliometric analysis to determine the gender ratio of scholarly authorship on publications by its researchers between 2008 and 2018. (2020-07-14)
What encourages--or impedes--primary care team collaboration through case management?
While multiple recent studies have provided evidence of the benefits of case management, primary care teams have struggled to implement and sustain its use in their clinical practices. (2020-07-14)
STRIDE study tests ways to prevent injuries from falls
Every year about one in three adults age 65 and older takes a fall, and 20 to 30% of those who fall suffer significant injuries such as head trauma or a broken hip. (2020-07-12)
Chatbots can ease medical providers' burden, offer guidance to those with COVID-19 symptoms
COVID-19 has placed tremendous pressure on health care systems, not only for critical care but also from an anxious public looking for answers. (2020-07-09)
New study outlines best practices for delivering care via telehealth
Researchers describe how the SAMHSA-developed principles of trauma-informed care can be used during telehealth encounters in primary care and other specialties to help mitigate the isolating, traumatic effects of COVID-19. (2020-07-09)
Restructuring of Medicaid reimbursement model reduces imaging, to the benefit of patients
New research reveals a Medicaid payment model in Oregon leads to fewer traditional primary care services for patients, with the decrease focused entirely on imaging. (2020-07-08)
A chemical cocktail of air pollution in Beijing, China during COVID-19 outbreak
Air pollution during the COVID-19 lockdown in Beijing was mainly due to different chemical responses of primary and secondary aerosols to changes in anthropogenic emissions. (2020-07-07)
Follow-up appointments for children hospitalized for bronchiolitis may not be needed
A new study at Intermountain Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City has found that follow-up appointments for hospitalized children treated for childhood bronchitis are often not necessary, and that switching from mandatory to 'as-needed' follow-up care can save families from unnecessary medical care and expense - and may help guide treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic. (2020-07-06)
IU School of Medicine study paves way for earlier autism diagnosis in Indiana
Led by Nancy Swigonski, MD and Mary Ciccarelli, MD, a team of faculty at Indiana University School of Medicine have developed a statewide early ASD screening and evaluation system in the primary care setting showing success in improving access to evaluations and lowering the age of diagnosis. (2020-07-06)
Integrating pharmacists into general practice can optimize patient treatment
Research undertaken by RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences suggests that integrating pharmacists into general practice (GP) teams facilitates collaboration to optimise treatment plans for patients with long-term medical needs and alleviate pressures on GP practices. (2020-06-29)
Babies with COVID-19 tend to have mild illness, mostly with fever
A report from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago shows that infants under 90 days of age who tested positive for COVID-19 tend to be well, with little or no respiratory involvement. (2020-06-19)
High antibiotic prescription rates in low- and middle-income countries may indicate misuse
Inappropriate use of antibiotics is an important driver of antimicrobial resistance, yet the extent of antibiotic prescribing in outpatient primary care settings across low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) is unknown. (2020-06-16)
House-call model tapping interventional radiology improves outcomes and access to care
Interventional radiologists participating in a collaborative house call model in rural Indiana helped reduce emergency department use by 77% and hospital readmissions by 50 percent for nearly 1,000 elderly homebound patients with chronic illnesses, according to a research abstract presented during a virtual session of the Society of Interventional Radiology's 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting on June 13. (2020-06-15)
Cost, distance from hospitals present barriers to surgical care
A Rutgers-led study in Colombia can help health care providers across the globe develop plans to improve surgical care access in their regions. (2020-06-11)
Opioid addiction treatment is more widely available, but only for adults
Primary care providers have expanded access to buprenorphine for adults, but use of the opioid addiction treatment has decreased among the youngest patients, find researchers at Columbia University. (2020-06-04)
Age affects decisions related to breast cancer surgery
A new BJS (British Journal of Surgery) study indicates that breast cancer surgery is safe for patients who are older than 70 years of age, but age can influence the decision to undergo surgery. (2020-06-03)
New review helps translate probiotic science into practical primary care recommendations
Probiotic supplements are widely available and are promoted as a general way to support the gut microbiome and promote health. (2020-06-01)
Women almost twice as likely to choose primary care as men
Analysis of osteopathic medical school survey data reveals women are 1.75 times more likely to choose primary care than men, according to a study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. (2020-05-26)
Lymph node metastases form through a wider evolutionary bottleneck than distant metastases
A Mass General-led research team has shown that lymph node and distant metastases develop through different evolutionary mechanisms. (2020-05-26)
Report looks to improve quality measures for medical care of homebound older adults
There are an estimated 2 million older adults who are homebound or unable to leave their homes due to multiple chronic conditions and functional impairment. (2020-05-22)
Primary care physicians experience more burnout and anxiety than other health professions
Health care professionals experience high rates of anxiety and burnout, a growing public health concern, particularly in light of projected physician shortages and the COVID-19 pandemic. (2020-05-20)
Parent-led discussion about mutual strengths benefits parent-teen communication
A primary care-based intervention to promote parent-teen communication led to less distress and increased positive emotions among adolescents, as well as improved communication for many teens, according to a new study by researchers at the Center for Parent and Teen Communication at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). (2020-05-19)
Study finds some reductions in community antibiotic resistant infections and dispensing
A study by academics at the University of Bristol has found reductions in overall and individual antibiotic dispensing between 2013 and 2016 after evaluating, for the first time, national primary care prescribing policy on community antibiotic resistant infection. (2020-05-19)
Spending on primary care vs. other US health care expenditures
National health care survey data were used to assess the amount of money spent on primary care relative to other areas of health care spending in the US from 2002 to 2016. (2020-05-18)
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