Effective Clinical Practice, Jan/Feb. 2002 Highlights

Effective Clinical Practice, the journal for quality improvement in health care delivery systems, seeks to answer how much, how often, and how best to deliver clinical care. ECP is published by ACP-ASIM, the nations largest medical specialty society, and the Alliance of Community Health Plans, which is dedicated to helping participating plans improve the health of their members and their communities. These highlights do not substitute for articles as sources of information. Please request articles by calling 215-351-2655, or by sending an E-mail to lteer@mail.acponline.org.

Adolescents Who Viewed R-Rated Films Were More Likely to Try Alcohol, Tobacco

A study of 4,544 students aged 10 to 14 found that 18 percent had tried smoking and 23 percent tried alcohol. After controlling for age, personality, parenting and peer factors, students completely restricted from viewing R-rated movies were three times less likely to have tried either cigarettes or alcohol than students with no restrictions ("Relationship between Parental Restrictions on Movies and Adolescent Use of Tobacco and Alcohol," p. 1). An editorial says the movie rating system should consider whether characters smoke ("Rate Movies with Smoking 'R'," p. 31). The interim editors discuss the controversy in an editorial, "Smoke-Free Movies: Sense or Censorship?," on p. 29. (NOTE TO EDITOR: An ACP-ASIM video news release will be available on Mon., Feb. 18, to be held for release until 5 p.m. ET. Coordinates below.*) (Separate news release also available from ACP-ASIM.)

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Popular With Health Plan Members

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use among health plan members is increasing but does not seem to substitute for conventional preventive health care. A survey of 4,044 members of a health plan found 42 percent had used at least one CAM therapy. CAM users and nonusers were equally likely t

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American College of Physicians

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