The AAFP's first CME PerformanceNavigator Workshop is scheduled for Nov. 4-6 in Carlsbad, Calif., and will cover diabetes, hypertension and dyslipidemia. AAFP CME senior learning strategist Gary Bird said the three topics were chosen because they are common issues in primary care and cause significant health care spending but are linked to poorer outcomes.
The AAFP Board of Directors approved a nine-point list of criteria for how retail clinics should approach patient care and said the Academy is ready to talk with any companies about future collaborations. The AAFP's guidelines reflect the organization's "unwavering stance" that if continuity of care is not maintained, patient care will suffer.
The AAFP launched a webpage to help family physicians discuss summer safety issues with patients and their families. The site offers information from the Academy and FamilyDoctor.org about issues such as hydration and skin protection, and it links to the AAFP's residential pool safety policy.
The AAFP's third list of recommendations in the Choosing Wisely campaign covers routine prostate cancer screening, physical exams prior to prescribing contraceptives, antibiotics for ear infections, voiding cystourethrogram for febrile urinary tract infections and scoliosis screening for adolescents. More than 50 groups have identified more than 160 tests and procedures physicians should question, but the AAFP, which released its list during its 2013 Scientific Assembly, is the only one to issue recommendations in all three phases of the program. "These Choosing Wisely lists can help our members identify treatments and procedures that may be unnecessary or duplicative," said AAFP President-elect Reid Blackwelder, M.D.
Heavy-drinking smokers had a 36% faster rate of cognitive decline than nonsmokers who drank moderately, according to a study of more than 6,473 adults in the U.K. Data showed that the brains of heavy-drinking smokers aged an equivalent of 12 years every decade. The study appeared online in the British Journal of Psychiatry.