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Pharmacy First Services – Q&A

Written by | 15 Feb 2024

The new Pharmacy First Services in England enable community pharmacists to supply medicines, including antibiotics, for certain conditions without a prescription. The services have been carefully framed to… read more.

Prolonged cough? In most cases, patience is the treatment

Written by | 14 Feb 2024

Coughing after a respiratory infection is common and, in most cases, will resolve with time, according to an article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) https://www.cmaj.ca/lookup/doi/10.1503/cmaj.231523. With the recent bout of… read more.

Primary care lessons for Canada from OECD countries

Written by | 5 Dec 2023

To improve primary care, Canada can learn from Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries with high rates of patients attached to primary care clinicians, write authors… read more.

Nurse practitioners as safe as physicians in prescribing medication for older patients, study finds

Written by | 17 Nov 2023

Researchers at Stanford Medicine have found that nurse practitioners are no more likely than primary care physicians to inappropriately prescribe drugs to older patients  — a finding that… read more.

Simple automated tool prompts physicians to screen patients with diabetes for kidney disease

Written by | 6 Nov 2023

Investigators have implemented an automated health maintenance tool created by the National Kidney Foundation into electronic medical records to prompt primary care physicians to screen for chronic kidney… read more.

Understanding parents’ care expectations for a child with gastroenteritis could prevent after-hours care requests

Written by | 29 Sep 2023

Researchers from the Netherlands conducted a qualitative study to explore parental motivations, expectations, and experiences of off-hours primary care contacts for children with acute gastroenteritis. They conducted 14… read more.

Staffing challenges and general time constraints may harm primary care teams’ ability to implement quality improvement efforts

Written by | 26 Sep 2023

Researchers aimed to identify factors leading primary care practice personnel to decline participation in quality improvement (QI) projects, and strategies to improve the feasibility and attractiveness of QI… read more.

Men who trust their doctors, receive adequate time and general information about prostate cancer screening are more likely to have productive discussions

Written by | 25 Sep 2023

Members of the University of Ottawa Department of Family Medicine conducted a scoping review to understand men’s communication preferences when they discuss prostate cancer screening with their doctors…. read more.

Elderly patients receiving high-quality primary care are more likely to receive varicella-zoster virus vaccination on doctor’s recommendation

Written by | 24 Sep 2023

Aging has been identified as a significant risk factor for herpes zoster, a skin disease caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. With the aging of the… read more.

American College of Cardiology program to increase cholesterol screenings

Written by | 15 Sep 2023

The American College of Cardiology, through a strategic collaboration with Amgen and Esperion, is launching a new quality improvement campaign, “Driving Urgency in LDL Screening,” to increase the… read more.

Acute stroke patients are waiting hours for care

Written by | 21 Aug 2023

A new study from the University of Chicago Medicine reveals that nearly 75 percent of acute stroke patients wait more than two hours to be transferred to a comprehensive stroke… read more.

Community health program boosts child vaccinations in remote areas of Madagascar

Written by | 15 Aug 2023

Madagascar is one of the poorest countries in the world and access to health care is limited for many people. Childhood vaccinations are a crucial component of preventative… read more.

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