Family Medicine
Two-thirds of Americans see doctors who got paid by drug companies: Study

Two-thirds of Americans see doctors who got paid by drug companies: Study

Washington: A majority of patients in the United States visited a doctor who received payments from drug companies, but most have no clue about it, according to a new Drexel University study. more

GPs not dissatisfied with performance related pay, study finds

GPs not dissatisfied with performance related pay, study finds

London: Linking GPs’ pay to their performance has no discernible effect on their job satisfaction, a University of Manchester study of almost 2,000 UK doctors over a four-year period has found. more

Teenager gets rare rat-bite fever from pet rodent

Teenager gets rare rat-bite fever from pet rodent

New York: A 17-year-old girl was infected with a rare, but treatable rat-bite fever, that developed from pet rodents living in her bedroom, reported the doctors who treated her. more

ACP: Doctors should stratify patients with suspected PE to determine diagnostic strategy

ACP: Doctors should stratify patients with suspected PE to determine diagnostic strategy

Washington: When evaluating patients with suspected acute pulmonary embolism (PE), physicians should stratify patients into groups for whom different diagnostic strategies are appropriate, the American College of Physicians (ACP) advises in a new paper published in Annals of Internal Medicine. more

Teaching reflection to doctors to improve physician-patient interactions

Teaching reflection to doctors to improve physician-patient interactions

Washington: Physicians in their medical residency training programmes often focus on scientific reasoning and research evidence in their efforts to provide medical care. While appropriate, this focus may overshadow subtle and indirect communication that reveals important information about the patient’s experience with their illness that will help the physician provide better care. more

Researchers publish guidelines for treating fibromyalgia

Researchers publish guidelines for treating fibromyalgia

Toronto: Physicians from the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), McGill University and the University of Calgary have published a review article in the CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) to help family doctors diagnose and treat fibromyalgia. more

MRs don’t inform doctors of harmful effects of medicines: Study

MRs don’t inform doctors of harmful effects of medicines: Study

Toronto: Family doctors receive little or no information about harmful effects of medicines in the majority of drug promotions during visits by drug company representatives, according to an international study involving Canadian, US and French physicians. more

Nurses provide care comparable to that of doctors for resolving health problems of low complexity

Nurses provide care comparable to that of doctors for resolving health problems of low complexity

Washington: A new study has found that Spanish nurses trained specifically to resolve acute health problems of low complexity provide care of comparable quality to that of general practitioners. more

Hands-on treatment improves chronic low back pain, reduces medication use

Hands-on treatment improves chronic low back pain, reduces medication use

Washington: A study published in the Annals of Family Medicine offers hope in the form of a hands-on treatment that provides moderate to substantial improvement in chronic low back pain and reduces the use of prescription medication. more

Involving other providers in palliative care may help meet growing demand

Involving other providers in palliative care may help meet growing demand

Washington: As baby-boomers age and the number of people with serious chronic illnesses continues to rise, the demand for experts in palliative medicine is sure to outstrip the supply, according Dr Timothy E Quill, professor of medicine, psychiatry and medical humanities in the Centre for Ethics, Humanities and Palliative Care at the University of Rochester Medical Centre. more