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Shift to family health teams resulted in improved diabetes care for Ontario patients

Paying doctors differently and adding other health professionals to the team appears to result in moderately improved diabetes care for patients in Ontario, Canada’s largest province, according to research published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Countries such as the United States and Canada are exploring ways to deliver better primary care such as changing [...]

Physician support key to successful weight loss, study shows

Findings affirm value of physician involvement in changing unhealthy behavior A review of survey data from more than 300 obese people who participated in a federally funded weight loss clinical trial found that although the overall weight loss rates were modest, those who rated their primary care doctor’s support as particularly helpful lost about twice [...]

Team approach to cardiovascular practice addresses challenges

Building teams that include advanced practice providers can help cardiovascular practices meet the challenges of workforce shortages, an aging patient population with growing complexities in care, and a payment system in transition, according to a new health policy statement by the American College of Cardiology. According to the statement, advance practice providers — which include [...]

Aggression and violence against doctors: Almost everyone is affected

Verbal abuse, aggressive behaviour, criminal damage to objects–such incidents are to be expected within certain professions. Hardly anyone had included doctors in this thinking, however, although they too are exposed to such problems. Florian Vorderw├╝lbecke and colleagues in the current issue of Deutsches ├ärzteblatt International (Dtsch Arztebl Int 2015; 112: 159-65) investigate, for the first [...]

2015 diabetes care recommendations: 3 things primary care physicians need to know

New evidence-based clinical practice recommendations from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) cover three important topic areas that may affect how primary care physicians care for their patients with diabetes. According to a commentary being published in Annals of Internal Medicine, the ADA’s Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes puts the patient ‘center stage’ with individualized [...]