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Quality, experience of outpatient care in US for adults with or without primary care
Adults who have primary care receive similar amounts of care as adults who don't, but they receive more high-value care, similar low-value care, and report better access and patient experiences. In this analysis, researchers used data from an annual nationally representative survey to compare 49,286 adults with primary care to 21,133 adults without primary care. Health care systems in many countries are organized around primary care, whereas health care in the US is organized around hospitals and specialty care. (2019-01-28)

Improve prison health care in Canada
Canada needs to reform its patchwork system of prison health care that does not adequately care for prisoners' complex health care needs, argues an editorial in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2013-03-04)

Patients prefer care from a nurse practitioner than from a doctor
Patients are more satisfied with care from a nurse practitioner than from a doctor, finds a study in this week's BMJ. (2002-04-04)

Innovations in primary care: Behavioral approach to treating Opioid use disorder
Innovations in primary care: Behavioral approach to treating Opioid use disorder. (2018-01-09)

Contacts with primary care physicians did not increase after the Affordable Care Act
At the same time the Affordable Care Act increased the number of insured Americans, analysis of health care industry data shows a continued decline in contact with primary care physician services. (2019-11-12)

After cancer: The role of primary care in cancer survivorship care
Primary care physicians are treating an increasing number of cancer survivors, yet they have no clear guidance on how best to care for such patients. This study considers how primary care physicians perceive their role in delivering care to cancer survivors. (2020-05-12)

Treat me as a person not just a number, say patients
Not being able to see a doctor who knows you or with whom you have developed a relationship could have an impact on your personal care, finds a study in this week's BMJ. (2003-06-12)

Introducing the patient safety series
Health care providers, hospital administrators, and politicians face competing challenges to reduce clinical errors, control expenditure, increase access and throughput, and improve quality of care. The safe management of the acutely ill inpatient presents particular difficulties. In the first of five Lancet articles on this topic, Julian Bion and J Heffner from the University of Birmingham, UK, and colleagues discuss patients' safety in the acute-care setting. (2004-03-18)

Roles and functions of community health workers in primary care
Community health workers in primary care provide clinical services, community resource connections, and health education and coaching. As trained individuals with limited or no formal medical education, they are widely considered to have the potential to enhance primary care access and quality, but remain underutilized. (2018-05-14)

Stigma can hinder access to health care for the poor
In a study of 574 low-income adults, many felt stigmatized when receiving medical care. This stigma was most often the result of interactions with clinicians that felt demeaning, rather than an internalized sense of shame related to receiving public insurance or charity care. (2014-10-06)

Media Alert: The Lancet special issue on primary health care
'Primary health care is in crisis... Leadership after the Astana meeting is essential to rejuvenate and revitalise all aspects of primary health care.' -- The Lancet special issue on primary health care marks 40 years since landmark Alma-Ata Declaration. (2018-10-18)

Primary care case management among frequent users with chronic conditions
Case management is an effective, collaborative, and cost-effective way to help frequent users of health care services integrate all aspects of their care. The research team behind this study developed a program theory to investigate how, and in what circumstances, case management in primary care works to improve outcomes among frequent users who have chronic conditions. (2020-05-12)

AAP president discusses impact of health care reform
Judith S. Palfrey, M.D., F.A.A.P., president of the American Academy of Pediatrics will address attendees on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, at the AAP National Conference and Exhibition in San Francisco. Dr. Palfrey's talk is from 10:30 to 11 a.m. PT at the Moscone Center. (2010-10-02)

Does dual enrollment in VA and Medicare advantage plans improve or fragment care?
A new Health Services Research study has found that while dual use does not appear to erode quality of care, there's also no evidence that it improves it. (2015-04-07)

Private health care costs more
Devereaux and colleagues present their systematic review and meta-analysis of 8 studies comparing payments for care at private for-profit and private not-for-profit hospitals in the United States. (2004-06-07)

Restrictive Medicaid eligibility criteria associated with higher rates of delayed medical care
Effective health screening and preventive care is known to reduce health care costs and improve health outcomes, yet new research from Brigham and Women's Hospital shows that restrictive Medicaid policies are associated with patients delaying needed medical care due to cost. This research appears in the March 28, 2013 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. (2013-03-27)

Concern over institutional care for children in Europe
Researchers in this week's BMJ express concern over the largely hidden extent of institutional care for children in Europe. (2006-02-23)

Health care must be key issue in Canada's federal election
Health care is a major responsibility of Canada's federal government and must be a key issue in the fall election, argues Dr. Matthew Stanbrook in an editorial in CMAJ. (2015-08-17)

It's time to allow people to die at home with dignity
People with terminal conditions should be able to die at home with dignity, say researchers in this week's BMJ. (2004-11-04)

Telehealth supports collaborative mental health care in the needs of rural patients
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. (2020-09-15)

How different types of nurses impact the health of patients with diabetes
More than 28,000 nurses in the UK can prescribe the same medicines as doctors provided that it is in their level of experience and competence. A new study looks at whether there is added value of having nurse prescribers, compared with nurses without prescribing capability, care for people with diabetes in primary care practices. (2015-09-21)

How primary care physicians can make Astana work
The Astana Declaration, adopted by the World Health Organization in October 2018, acknowledges the importance of primary health care to achieve better health outcomes globally. But how, the authors ask, can physicians make this declaration work? (2019-07-10)

Primary care physician involvement at end of life associated with less costly, less intensive care
A new study published in the January/February issue of Annals of Family Medicine finds that primary care physician involvement at the end of life is associated with less costly and less intensive end-of-life care. (2017-01-09)

New tool measures primary care as a whole
There are a number of measures to assess aspects of primary care, but a new measure breaks new ground by combining experiences of patients, clinicians, and payers and allowing the most informed reporter -- the patient -- to assess vital primary care functions that are often missed. (2019-05-14)

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)

Primary care plays key role in managing COVID-19 in three Asian cities
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. (2021-01-12)

Enhancing health care
In Canada, rates of type 2 diabetes are 3 to 5 percent higher in Indigenous peoples when compared to non-Indigenous peoples. Not only this, but Indigenous Canadians typically have poorer health outcomes during treatment of diabetes. (2017-01-23)

Health-care disparities exist for children with autism spectrum disorders, MU researcher says
University of Missouri researchers compared costs and types of services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) to costs and services for children with other conditions like asthma or diabetes. The researchers found children with ASD paid more for health care than children with other conditions. In addition, children with ASD used more services yet had less access to specialized care. (2012-06-11)

Improved care needed for people with depression
Around 450 million people worldwide have mental or psychosocial problems, but up to a quarter of those who turn to health services for help will not be correctly diagnosed and will not, therefore, get the right treatment. (2001-10-25)

What we can learn from Singapore's COVID-19 containment response in primary care
Singapore, a global hub for international travel and business, was among the first countries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. With its first confirmed COVID-19 case on Jan. 23, 2020, the country mounted aggressive public health and containment measures. The country's network of primary care clinics were at the front lines of these measures. In this new report, those physicians share their triage, containment and infection control measures -- including protocols they put in place to ensure the safety of health care workers. (2020-05-12)

Five-year study sheds light on hospice care in assisted living facilities versus in the home
Researchers have found several key differences among people who receive hospice care -- which maintains or improves the quality of life for someone whose condition is unlikely to be cured -- in assisted-living facilities compared with people who receive hospice care at home. (2015-07-06)

The coming crisis of long-term care
Care for the elderly--whose responsibility is it, and who pays for it--is the focus of this week's editorial. (2003-05-22)

Better chronic pain management
Pain care management needs to be improved, with health care professionals committing to improve care as well as a retooling of the health care system to help people who are suffering, states an editorial in CMAJ. (2011-08-15)

Call for the creation of chief primary care medical officer in hospitals
This article appears in the July/August 2017 Annals of Family Medicine. Article link goes live at 5 p.m. ET, July 10. (2017-07-10)

Mandatory flu vaccine for health care workers to protect patients
All health care workers in health care institutions should be vaccinated with the annual influenza vaccine to protect patients, argues an editorial in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. (2012-10-29)

Health care in the home - new report July 18
For many reasons -- including the rising cost of health care and aging of the US population -- health care is increasingly moving from formal medical facilities into patients' homes. (2011-07-13)

Has the Affordable Care Act accomplished its goals?
A new review of the published literature indicates that the Affordable Care Act has made significant progress in accomplishing two of its main goals -- decreasing the number of uninsured and improving access to care. (2016-09-07)

Primary care clinicians' willingness to care for transgender patients
A new survey finds that most family medicine and general internal medicine clinicians are willing to provide routine care for transgender patients. (2018-11-12)

Align funding with innovations in health care to improve patient outcomes
To encourage innovation in health care, governments need to move away from current siloed funding to funding that encourages collaboration among providers in managing patients who need care in a variety of settings, argue the authors of an analysis in CMAJ. (2018-08-13)

Who cares? Why evolution suggests parenting responsibility is seldom equally shared
New research from the University of Bristol, UK explores why caring for young is shared unequally between the sexes in so many animal species. (2015-02-17)

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