June Observer Contents
Recognizing the signs of domestic violence
Abuse may cause many complaints—but few patients will volunteer their story.
How to care for patients suffering from chronic pain
For chronic nonmalignant pain, you need to meet the challenges of prescribing opioids and building trust.
Tips to avoid key drug interactions and side effects
Warfarin, SSRIs, statins top the list of drugs that can cause problems, especially for the chronically ill or elderly.
Recurrence, side effect challenges in colon, breast cancer
As more cancer patients survive, internists must be ready to switch gears from treatment to surveillance.
Organ donation: balancing patient duties and public health
Ethical considerations to weigh when broaching the issue of organ donation.
Low health literacy leads to mistakes, poorer outcomes
Literacy problems are associated with chronic illness and poorer health.
From 'Marcus Welby' to 'ER': Is medicine losing professionalism?
The Keynote speaker at Annual Session argues that professionalism needs renewed attention.
Low back pain
Acute episodes of low back pain should prompt a discussion of weight control and exercise.
New disaster response plans build on past lessons
Post-Katrina, officials outline key strategies to bolster emergency preparedness.
A quick checklist for rounding on hospitalized seniors
Here are eight areas you should cover to reduce complications and speed up discharge.
Treatment vs. harm: How to care for seriously ill patients
Ditching the 'either/or' model can help reduce patient suffering—and ease hospitalists' palliative care role.
To prevent ICU infections, try doing less to patients
Heading off common complications calls for fewer interventions and strategic use of ventilators, sedatives.
Don't wait for all the answers to start measuring quality
Practices should lay the groundwork for quality measurement as College and others grapple with logistics.
What's the right way to redesign residency training?
A new set of proposals aims to juggle residents' different career goals with programs' training and service needs.
Bridging the generation gap from Boomers to Millennials
Understanding what motivates physicians can defuse simmering 'workaholic' vs. 'slacker' stereotypes.
Annual Session Awardees
California transplant doesn't mind being out in the cold
After four decades in Alaska, this new Master still relishes selling new doctors on the area's wild terrain.
Doctor follows Golden Rule to overcome cultural divide
Infectious diseases expert is guided by respect in caring for Nashville's immigrant and refugee populations.
As medicine moves forward, training must keep pace
Today's internal medicine residents are still being trained much the way we were almost three decades ago.
Regents recommend ways to avert primary care 'collapse'
Board approves several actions targeting workforce, payment, care delivery.
Governors lobby to increase fees for cognitive services
ACP Governors discuss critical resolutions, including several related to payment reform.
ACP honors chapter efforts with new Evergreen Awards
Chapters were honored for their advocacy and community service, as well as for efforts related to Associates and young physicians.
Recruit-a-Colleague winner to receive free trip to Internal Medicine 2007.
Time to renew your ACP membership.
Reminder: Pay your chapter dues.
ACPNet recruiting for volunteer physician-researchers.
Can states point the way to solving the access crisis?
To expand access, Congress may have to give states the money they need to support state reforms.
ACP supports new legislation to boost insurance coverage.
College endorses tax credits for living organ donors.
ACP adopts new policy on personal health records.
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