Opioid Analgesics: The Impact of the Initial Prescription
What factors surrounding a first prescription for opioids influence length of opioid use by the patient? Two new studies begin to answer the question.
Grateful Doctor Says Goodbye to His Patients
A young cardiology fellow reveals in a letter to his patients that it was being privy to their vulnerability that allowed him access to his own.
ACP Update on Low Back Pain Treatment Guidelines
The update includes a nod to tai chi as a nondrug intervention and further supports acupuncture. But even new research falls short in 2 important ways.
Addiction in the US: The Surgeon General’s Report
The report contains a vast amount of information but overlooks some important issues.
Early Diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis in Primary Care
Primary care physicians may contribute to improved outcomes by recognizing the signs and symptoms early on. Part 2 of a Special Report.
Many Physicians Ignore This Rule
It is often easier to ignore the rule about having a qualified medical interpreter in the room for non-English speaking patients. What do you do?
The Murderer is a Man
This family physician would never have believed she'd feel compassion for a murderer. But then, she had a patient who was one.
Unique Antidote to Burnout: A Trip to the DMV
One clinician's encounter with kindness at the department of motor vehicles was just the Rx for burnout that day.
Prescription Opioids and Heroin: What’s the Relationship?
There is no nice straight line between use of prescription opioids and heroin addiction; in fact, the connections aren't really clear at all.
TEDMED Talk: Why Doctors Kill Themselves
At TEDMED, medicine's version of TEDTalks, Dr Pam Wible talks in earnest about physician suicide--and how to stop it.