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ACP Internist® Weekly

Welcome to this week's issue of ACP Internist Weekly, an update for internists published every Tuesday by the American College of Physicians.



In the News for the Week of December 6, 2016




High-value care

ACP members identify internal medicine's most commonly used low-value therapies

Physicians responding to a survey most commonly listed antibiotics, mostly for upper respiratory infections; aggressive nonpalliative treatment in patients with limited life expectancy; and pharmacologic treatments for chronic pain management, mostly narcotics and opioids. More...


Statins

Adjunct nonstatin therapies may benefit patients at high risk for cardiovascular disease

Among other results, researchers concluded that ezetimibe was most likely to provide a meaningful risk reduction benefit only for patients with a family history or for those at high risk who are unable to tolerate or are less responsive to higher-intensity statin therapy. More...


Test yourself

MKSAP Quiz: pregnancy and sickle cell anemia

A 24-year-old woman undergoes routine evaluation. She is pregnant at 12 weeks' gestation. Medical history is notable for homozygous sickle cell anemia (Hb SS). She has had multiple uncomplicated painful crises treated at home with hydration, nonopioid analgesia, and incentive spirometry. Following a physical exam and lab studies, what is the most appropriate management? More...


Geriatrics

New position statement on decision making for unbefriended older patients

Among the six clinical practice recommendations were those to include adequate safeguards against ad hoc approaches and ensure procedural fairness, and consider nontraditional surrogate decision makers for unbefriended older adults. More...


Influenza

ACP offers free webinar series during National Influenza Vaccination Week

During National Influenza Vaccination Week, ACP's Center for Quality is offering a free webinar series to emphasize the importance of adult immunizations and how team members can help protect all of the practice's patients. More...


Patient-centered care

Providing individualized care in a standardized era

Yul Ejnes, MD, MACP, continues his monthly column at KevinMD.com in a post that looks at how to provide individualized care in an era of standardized office processes and procedures. More...


Cartoon caption contest

Vote for your favorite entry

ACP Internist Weekly's cartoon caption contest continues. Readers can vote for their favorite caption to determine the winner. More...


Physician editor: Daisy Smith, MD, FACP



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A 24-year-old woman undergoes routine evaluation. She is pregnant at 12 weeks' gestation. Medical history is notable for homozygous sickle cell anemia (Hb SS). She has had multiple uncomplicated painful crises treated at home with hydration, nonopioid analgesia, and incentive spirometry. Following a physical exam and lab studies, what is the most appropriate management?

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