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A Fatal Medical Error: Lack of Care or Lack of Caring?

A family doctor relates the sad story of a fatal medical error that killed her friend Bob and ended up influencing her work for years to come.
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Flu: Here are the Answers to Your Questions

Here is information and stats from the CDC and elsewhere that helps answer many of the questions you may have about this year's flu season.
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Why We Need to Unlock the Full Potential of Primary Care

Primary care 3.0 focuses on molecular medical management that prevents & effectively treats chronic conditions & slows aging. Everyone should have access to it.
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How to Get the Most of Your Medical Consultation

Getting the most out a medical consultation is crucial because getting an appointment with a doctor is not always easy and it can be costly. Here are some tips to ensure that you are able to convey your problems to the doctor within the time allotted to you without missing out on any important points.
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In Primary Care, Who Gets Sued and Why?

Because nurse practitioners (NPs) are growing in importance as providers of primary care, The Doctors Company analyzed malpractice claims against NPs and compared them with primary care physicians to see if there were any differences in malpractice liability patterns. The study has important implications for primary care practices utilizing NPs.
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Patients Need Personalized, Not Generic, Health Advice

A new survey shows that patients with chronic conditions often feel the information they receive from their healthcare team is too generic and therefore not as useful as it could be.
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Reflections on the 3rd Anniversary of Brittany Maynard’s Death

Facing a painful death from incurable cancer, Brittany Maynard moved to Oregon so she could control her destiny & die with dignity. Why do so few states allow this?
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Improving Primary Care for Transgender Patients

A key concept in family medicine is that of providing patient-centered care. Taking a patient-centered approach to our trans patients is no exception.
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Most Headache Sufferers Don’t Receive Appropriate Care

Despite being extremely common, headaches are often misdiagnosed and undertreated.
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Fear-Mongering in Thyroid and Breast Cancer Screening

Physicians are finding and treating thousands of pseudo-cancers that would not have otherwise been found and don't need to be treated.
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Primary Care is Better When Hospitals Are Engaged

While the hospital is not central to the idea of a patient-centered medical home, it can play a crucial role in overall patient health.
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How to Respond When Your Doctor is Distracted

A primary care doctor provides tips for patients to help them get their distracted doctor back on track.