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Fewer GP appointments and the COVID lockdown have exacerbated declining continuity of care in English general practices

Written by | 29 Jun 2024

A lack of available appointments and the aftermath of the COVID pandemic have exacerbated declining continuity of care in General Practices across England. Being able to get an… read more.

Most Americans don’t know that primary care physicians can prescribe addiction treatment

Written by | 23 Jun 2024

Results from a national survey indicate that many Americans, 61%, are unaware that primary care physicians can prescribe medications for opioid use disorder, and 13% incorrectly believed that they could… read more.

Specialist weight-loss services in England unable to keep up with spiralling demand

Written by | 20 Jun 2024

One in six integrated care boards (ICBs) in England have stopped accepting new patients for specialist weight management services as their referral numbers spiral out of control, an… read more.

NIH launches $30 million pilot to test feasibility of a national primary care research network

Written by | 10 Jun 2024

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is investing approximately $30 million in total over fiscal years 2024 and 2025 to pilot a national primary care research network that… read more.

Cannabis use common among patients, with most using it to manage a symptom or health condition

Written by | 7 Jun 2024

One in six patients in primary care reported cannabis use, with 35% of those using at levels indicating moderate- to high-risk for cannabis use disorder, new UCLA research… read more.

The wall of evidence for continuity of care

Written by | 31 May 2024

Background: A long-term relationship between a patient and their doctor, known as continuity of care, has seen a decline in recent decades in both the UK and the U.S…. read more.

Pharmacists prove effective, less costly care option for minor illnesses

Written by | 29 May 2024

Greater use of pharmacists to treat minor illnesses could potentially save millions of dollars in health care costs, according to new research led by Washington State University. The… read more.

One in 5 adults in Canada without access to primary care

Written by | 28 May 2024

More than 1 in 5 adults in Canada did not have access to primary care, with large regional gaps in access, found new research in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) https://www.cmaj.ca/lookup/doi/10.1503/cmaj.231372…. read more.

Adding obesity experts to primary care clinics improves patients’ weight loss outcomes

Written by | 24 May 2024

Giving high-risk patients access to an obesity specialist through their regular primary care clinic increased their chances of receiving at least one evidence-based weight-management treatment, and led to… read more.

OHSU study finds big jump in addiction treatment at community health clinics

Written by | 1 May 2024

The number of health care professionals able to write a prescription for a key medication to treat addiction quadrupled at community health clinics from 2016 to 2021, according… read more.

Emergency contraception related ER visits dropped significantly over 14 year period

Written by | 9 Apr 2024

Following federal approval for over the counter emergency contraception in 2006, emergency departments across the U.S. saw dramatic decreases in related visits and medical charges, a new study… read more.

People with depression see no immediate change from common GP assessment, study shows

Written by | 30 Mar 2024

A commonly used questionnaire adopted by GPs to monitor the treatment of depression does not provide any immediate benefits to patients, a new study has found. Primary care… read more.

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