May/June Annals of Family Medicine tip sheet

edical centers, where less than one percent of Americans receive their health care, the authors suggest that PBRNs merit further attention from both private and public funding agencies and researchers interested in studying the delivery of primary care. A National Survey of Primary Care Practice-Based Research Networks By William M. Tierney, M.D., et al


People suffering from the common cold want an on-average 25 percent to 57 percent reduction in overall illness severity to justify the cost and risk of popular cold treatments finds this study. When the 253 study participants (who were suffering from the common cold) were given four treatment options vitamin C, herbal echinacea, a zinc lozenge and a prescribed antiviral they based their decision on a benefit-harm trade-off. Sufficiently Important Difference for Common Cold: Severity Reduction By Bruce Barrett, M.D., Ph.D., et al


A community-based home-visiting program improved adolescent mothers parenting attitudes and school continuation, finds this study of 84 pregnant adolescents. When compared with those who did not receive the home visits, follow-up parenting scores were 5.5 times higher for those who received the home visits, and odds of school continuation were 3.5 times greater. The home visiting program consisted of trained home visitors being paired with each adolescent and providing services through the childs second birthday. The services included delivering a parenting curriculum, encouraging contraceptive use, connecting a teen with primary care and promoting school continuation. The program did not reduce the odds of repeated pregnancy or depression; nor did it achieve coordination with primary care. Home Visiting for Adolescent Mothers: 2-Year Follow-up Effects on Parenting, Maternal Life Cour

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