Effectiveness of Cancer Screening Intervention Still Evident Though Diminished Over Time
Reporting the 24-month follow-up data on an intervention to foster increased cancer screening in community centers, researchers found the intervention had a persistent, although modest, effect on screening after two years. Patients who received care at an intervention clinic were up-to-date on a greater number of targeted screening tests and had 26 percent greater odds of mammography screening compared to patients at control clinics. Although still apparent, intervention effects on screening at 24 months had clearly diminished relative to effects observed at 12 months.
Long-term Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial to Increase Cancer Screening Among Attendees of Community Health Centers
By Richard G. Roetzheim, M.D., M.S.P.H., et al
Unsedated Ultrathin Esophagoscopy Feasible in Primary Care
The first to examine the use of a new technology ultrathin esophagoscopy to examine unsedated patients for Barrett's esophagus in a primary care setting, this study found that most patients (95 percent) tolerated the procedure. These findings demonstrate the feasibility of primary care physicians performing this procedure on unsedated outpatients.
Office-Based Unsedated Ultrathin Esophagoscopy in a Primary Care Setting
By Thad Wilkins, M.D., et al
Study Examines Family Physicians' Decision-Making Styles
Analyzing how 18 family physicians made decisions during patient visits, this study found that family physicians have specific, highly individualized, task-structuring styles. Moreover, researchers found commonalities between their study of family physicians and previous analyses of expert decision makers in other fields. They call for tailoring practice improvement efforts to the different cogniti
Contact: Angela Lower
American Academy of Family Physicians