Physicians, Primary Care

Publication Title: 
Annals of Family Medicine

The life of a family doctor is engaged with the people, families, and community he or she serves. Caring changes lives. Yet, we seldom have the opportunity to hear the gratitude or to reflect upon the privilege. In this essay, two family doctors share the experience of seeing a community celebrate the life of their doctor. In these public reflections on their personal doctor, folks reveal how he saw their needs, understood their fears, and partnered with them to create futures.

Author(s): 
Phillips, William R.
Green, Larry A.
Publication Title: 
International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics

Using 2008 physician survey data, we estimate the relationship between the generosity of fees paid to primary care physicians under Medicaid and Medicare and his/her willingness to accept new patients covered by Medicaid, Medicare, or both programs (i.e., dually enrolled patients). Findings reveal physicians are highly responsive to fee generosity under both programs. Also, their willingness to accept patients under either program is affected by the generosity of fees under the other program, i.e., there are significant spillover effects between Medicare and Medicare fee generosity.

Author(s): 
Brunt, Christopher S.
Jensen, Gail A.
Publication Title: 
Forschende Komplement�rmedizin (2006)

BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to assess the level of knowledge, attitudes, and utilization of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) of primary health care (PHC) physicians in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A crosssectional study including all physicians working at PHC centers in the Riyadh region, Saudi Arabia, was carried out from the beginning of April 2010 to the end of June 2010. Using a self-administered questionnaire, 1,113 physicians answered questions regarding their socio-demographic data, and knowledge, attitudes and utilization of CAM.

Author(s): 
Abdullah Al-Rowais, Norah
Al Bedah, Abdullah M. N.
Khalil, Mohamed K. M.
El Olemy, Ahmed Tawfik
Khalil, Asim A. H.
Alrasheid, Mohamed H. S.
Al Khashan, Hisham
Al Yousef, Mansour
Abdel Razak Ba Fart, Ahmed
Publication Title: 
Primary Care

Naturopathy is a distinct type of primary care medicine that blends age-old healing traditions with scientific advances and current research. Naturopathy is guided by a unique set of principles that recognize the body's innate healing capacity, emphasize disease prevention, and encourage individual responsibility to obtain optimal health. Naturopathic treatment modalities include diet and clinical nutrition, behavioral change, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, botanical medicine, physical medicine, pharmaceuticals, and minor surgery.

Author(s): 
Fleming, Sara A.
Gutknecht, Nancy C.
Publication Title: 
Journal of General Internal Medicine

BACKGROUND: Religiously affiliated hospitals provide nearly 20% of US beds, and many prohibit certain end-of-life and reproductive health treatments. Little is known about physician experiences in religious institutions. OBJECTIVE: Assess primary care physicians' experiences and beliefs regarding conflict with religious hospital policies for patient care. DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey. PARTICIPANTS: General internists, family physicians, and general practitioners from the AMA Masterfile.

Author(s): 
Stulberg, Debra B.
Lawrence, Ryan E.
Shattuck, Jason
Curlin, Farr A.
Publication Title: 
Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica

OBJECTIVE: To measure how primary care physicians (PCPs) and psychiatrists treat mild depression. METHOD: We surveyed a national sample of US PCPs and psychiatrists using a vignette of a 52-year-old man with depressive symptoms not meeting Major Depressive Episode criteria. Physicians were asked how likely they were to recommend an antidepressant counseling, combined medication, and counseling or to make a psychiatric referral. RESULTS: Response rate was 896/1427 PCPs and 312/487 for psychiatrists. Compared with PCPs, psychiatrists were more likely to recommend an antidepressant (70% vs.

Author(s): 
Lawrence, R. E.
Rasinski, K. A.
Yoon, J. D.
Meador, K. G.
Koenig, H. G.
Curlin, F. A.
Publication Title: 
Journal of General Internal Medicine

BACKGROUND: Patients commonly present to their physicians with medically unexplained symptoms (MUS), and there is no consensus about how physicians should interpret or treat such symptoms. OBJECTIVE: To examine how variations in physicians' interpretations of MUS are associated with physicians' religious characteristics and with physician specialty (primary care vs. psychiatry). DESIGN AND PARTICIPANTS: A national survey of a stratified random sample of 1,504 primary care physicians and 512 psychiatrists in 2009-2010.

Author(s): 
Shin, Jiwon Helen
Yoon, John D.
Rasinski, Kenneth A.
Koenig, Harold G.
Meador, Keith G.
Curlin, Farr A.
Publication Title: 
Southern Medical Journal

OBJECTIVES: Patients' religious communities often influence their medical decisions. To date, no study has examined what physicians think about the responsibilities borne by religious communities to provide guidance to patients in different clinical contexts. METHODS: We mailed a confidential, self-administered survey to a stratified random sample of 1504 US primary care physicians (PCPs). Criterion variables were PCPs' assessment of the responsibility that physicians and religious communities bear in providing guidance to patients in four different clinical scenarios.

Author(s): 
Sheppe, Alexander H.
Nicholson, Roscoe F.
Rasinski, Kenneth A.
Yoon, John D.
Curlin, Farr A.
Publication Title: 
Forschende Komplementärmedizin (2006)

BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to assess the level of knowledge, attitudes, and utilization of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) of primary health care (PHC) physicians in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A crosssectional study including all physicians working at PHC centers in the Riyadh region, Saudi Arabia, was carried out from the beginning of April 2010 to the end of June 2010. Using a self-administered questionnaire, 1,113 physicians answered questions regarding their socio-demographic data, and knowledge, attitudes and utilization of CAM.

Author(s): 
Abdullah Al-Rowais, Norah
Al Bedah, Abdullah M. N.
Khalil, Mohamed K. M.
El Olemy, Ahmed Tawfik
Khalil, Asim A. H.
Alrasheid, Mohamed H. S.
Al Khashan, Hisham
Al Yousef, Mansour
Abdel Razak Ba Fart, Ahmed
Publication Title: 
Primary Care

Naturopathy is a distinct type of primary care medicine that blends age-old healing traditions with scientific advances and current research. Naturopathy is guided by a unique set of principles that recognize the body's innate healing capacity, emphasize disease prevention, and encourage individual responsibility to obtain optimal health. Naturopathic treatment modalities include diet and clinical nutrition, behavioral change, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, botanical medicine, physical medicine, pharmaceuticals, and minor surgery.

Author(s): 
Fleming, Sara A.
Gutknecht, Nancy C.

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