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  • An easy approach to obtaining clean-catch urine from infants 

    Morris, Laura (Family Physicians Inquiries Network, 2018-03)
    An easy approach to obtaining clean-catch urine from infants Current collection methods leave much to be desired. But a new method may provide a quick alternative. Apply gauze soaked in cold sterile saline to the suprapubic ...
  • Does exercise relieve vasomotor menopausal symptoms? 

    Lyon, Corey; Mullen, Rebecca; Deffenbacher, Brandy; Reed, Alex; Nashelsky, Joan (2018-03)
    Q: Does exercise relieve vasomotor menopausal symptoms? A: NO. Exercise doesn’t decrease the frequency or severity of vasomotor menopausal symptoms (VMS) in perimenopausal and postmenopausal women (strength of recommendation: ...
  • How do oral NSAIDs compare to other oral analgesics right after an acute musculoskeletal injury? 

    Lyon, Corey; Piggott, Susan; Langner, Shannon; Desanto, Kristen (2018-02)
    Q: How do oral NSAIDs compare to other oral analgesics right after an acute musculoskeletal injury? A: nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs(NSAIDs) are at least as effective as other oral analgesics (opioids, acetaminophen) ...
  • Is megestrol acetate safe and effective for malnourished nursing home residents? 

    Wen, Frances K.; Millar, James; Oberst-Walsh, Linda; Nashelsky, Joan (2018-02)
    Q: Is megestrol acetate safe and effective for malnourished nursing home residents? A: no. Megestrol acetate (MA) is neither safe nor effective for stimulating appetite in malnourished nursing home residents. It increases ...
  • How do hyaluronic acid and corticosteroid injections compare for knee OA relief? 

    Lyon, Corey; Spencer, Emily; Spittler, Jack; Desanto, Kristen (2017-01)
    Q How do hyaluronic acid and corticosteroid injections compare for knee OA relief? A: Inconsistent evidence shows a small amount of pain relief early (one week to 3 months) with corticosteroid (CS) injections and an equally ...
  • Which interventions are effective in managing parental vaccine refusal? 

    Brelsford, Dan; Knutzen, Elise; Neher, Jon O.; Safranek, Sarah (2017-12)
    Q: Which interventions are effective in managing parental vaccine refusal? A: it’s unclear whether educational initiatives alone alter vaccine refusal. Although about a third of parents cite herd immunity as motivation for ...
  • What is the optimal frequency for dental checkups for children and adults? 

    Hahn, Thomas W.; Kraus, Connie; Hooper-Lane, Christopher (2017-11)
    Q: What is the optimal frequency for dental checkups for children and adults? A: It is unclear, but studies suggest that it should be based largely on individual risk. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends ...
  • Are oral emergency contraceptives a safe & effective form of long-term birth control? 

    Kraus, Connie; Hooper-Lane, Christopher (2017-10)
    Q: Are oral emergency contraceptives a safe & effective form of long-term birth control? A: Yes, but not as effective as some other methods. Annual pregnancy rates in women using pericoital levonor- gestrel ...
  • Does fish oil during pregnancy help prevent asthma in kids? 

    Neutze, Dana; Evans, Kelly Lacy; Koenig, Marianne; Castelli, Gregory; Mounsey, Anne (Family Physicians Inquiries Network, 2018-02)
    Does fish oil during pregnancy help prevent asthma in kids? The evidence on fish oil has been mixed, but this study affirms its benefits—in certain women. PRACTICE CHANGER: Fish oil supplementation taken by women in the ...
  • Tamsulosin for patients with ureteral stones? 

    Hughes, Pamela; Lyon, Corey (Family Physicians Inquiries Network, 2018-01)
    Tamsulosin for patients with ureteral stones? Yes, but only for some. Find out which of your patients can benefit. PRACTICE CHANGER: Prescribe tamsulosin for stone expulsion in patients with distal ureteral stones 5 to 10 ...
  • Does azithromycin have a role in cesarean sections? 

    Castelli, Gregory; Flaherty, Allison; Jarrett, Jennie B. (Family Physicians Inquiries Network, 2017-12)
    Does azithromycin have a role in cesarean sections? Yes, adding azithromycin to the usual antibiotic protocol in nonelective c-sections reduces infections. But not everyone can take advantage of it. PRACTICE CHANGER: ...
  • The benefits—and limits— of PPIs with warfarin regimens 

    Ludden-Schlatter, Alicia; Stevermer, James J. (Family Physicians Inquiries Network, 2017-11)
    Patients on warfarin + antiplatelet/NSAID regimens are likely to benefit from the gastroprotective effect of PPIs. For patients taking warfarin alone, it’s a different story. PRACTICE CHANGER: Prescribe a proton pump ...
  • When to "CAP" off treatment for pneumonia 

    Castelli, Gregory; Jarrett, Jennie B. (Family Physicians Inquiries Network, 2017-10)
    Is 5 days of antibiotic therapy really sufficient for adults hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia? PRACTICE CHANGER: Prescribe 5 days of antibiotic treatment for inpatients with community-acquired pneumonia ...
  • Vitamin D supplementation and asthma exacerbations? Don't hold your breath yet 

    Stulberg, Debra (Family Physicians Inquiries Network, 2017-09)
    Bottom line: Vitamin D for asthma seems promising, but before recommending a change in practice, we need to know which patients benefit from vitamin D, whether some patients may be harmed, and how much vitamin D to give.
  • Stepping up our approach to the management of infants with fever without a source 

    Halpert, Karen; Mounsey, Anne; O'Mara, Heather (Family Physicians Inquiries Network, 2017-09)
    The Step-by-Step approach is the most sensitive algorithm for the management of infants with fevers without a source in the emergency department (ED), allowing providers to decrease invasive testing and antibiotic treatment ...
  • Hand to hand 

    Neher, Jon O. (Family Physicians Inquiries Network, 2017-09)
    The Da Vinci next generation robotic surgery device tested against laparoscopic cholecystectomies. Are the results worth the cost? Overall it appears not. The next generation robotic surgery device only has slightly fewer ...
  • Table of contents for Evidence-based practice, 2017-09 

    (Family Physicians Inquiries Network, 2017-09)
    Table of contents for this issue.
  • Pediatric pneumonia: scan or x-ray 

    Bleacher, Heather; Lyon, Corey (Family Physicians Inquiries Network, 2017-09)
    Bottom line: Point-of-care lung ultrasound may be effective in diagnosing pneumonia and limiting chest x-ray use, but is not more diagnostically accurate than chest x-ray. Provider training, credentialing, and obtaining ...
  • Folic acid supplementation and prevention of chronic kidney disease 

    Farnell, Edwin (Family Physicians Inquiries Network, 2017-09)
    Bottom line: Folate supplementation of 0.8 mg daily added to 10 mg enalapril reduced the likelihood of a rapid decline in creatinine clearance in patients with CKD. However, whether these findings would apply to a population ...
  • Do manual therapies to the perineum during the second stage of labor reduce the incidence of genital tract trauma during vaginal deliveries? 

    Bieker, Ashley; Landy, Katherine (Family Physicians Inquiries Network, 2017-09)
    Do manual therapies to the perineum during the second stage of labor reduce the incidence of genital tract trauma during vaginal deliveries? EVIDENCE-BASED ANSWER: Warm compresses and perineal massage in the second stage ...

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