Are There Social Determinants for Chronic Pain?

Over the past few months, the federal government has mobilized against what is being called "the opioid crisis": a national epidemic of fatal … [Read more...]

Our Role in Shared Decision Making in Primary Care

One of the most notable things so many of this year's biggest health stories have in common is that they envision an increased role for shared … [Read more...]

The Power of Population Health Interventions

Scientific guidelines produced by the American Heart Association tend to spill lots of ink on recommending complex and/or expensive tests, drugs, and … [Read more...]

The Benefit of Breadth in Public Health

The buzzwords many use in medicine today are "personalized," "individualized," or "targeted." Rather than doctors prescribing tests or treatments that … [Read more...]

The Future-Forward Role of Low-Tech, High-Touch Medicine

A student told me about an experience at TEDMED, the future-oriented medical conference that bills itself as "a celebration of human achievement and … [Read more...]

Lung Cancer Screening and Shared Decision-Making

Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) officially proposed coverage for annual low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) … [Read more...]

Are Small Practices More Resilient Than We Think?

When I was in high school, a national hardware retailer opened a new franchise down the street from the mom-and-pop hardware store that had served my … [Read more...]

Why Family Physicians Are Natural Healthcare Leaders

Last week, the subtitle of a JAMA editorial on accountable care caught my attention: “The paradox of primary care physician leadership.” In the piece … [Read more...]

Direct Primary Care: One of Healthcare’s “Big Ideas?”

A Graham Center Policy One-Pager in the April 1st issue of American Family Physician uses historical data to project the effect of the 2010 Primary … [Read more...]

Can the Choosing Wisely Campaign Change How We Practice?

As phase 3 of the Choosing Wisely campaign draws to a close, it's time to start assessing its impact. Family physicians have been at the forefront of … [Read more...]