July-August Observer Contents
End of Life Care
Better communication at the end of life
New form ensures that dying patient's wishes are carried out as medical orders.
Guidelines aimed at changing end-of-life conversation
Physicians can ease relatives' anxieties by listening more, asking questions and acknowledging guilt and sorrow.
These drug reps come bearing facts, not freebies
Early results show that the 'unsales' approach is changing physician prescribing behavior.
Waking up the brain after stroke.
Despite the evidence, PSA testing sparks controversy.
Genomic frontiers: dashboards, Detroit and DNA
New series offers primary care physicians a roadmap to steer patients toward promising genetic therapies.
Readers express views on handheld ultrasound, nosocomial infections and locum tenens positions.
Doctors debate P4P, address impact on primary care.
Physician is final arbiter on accuracy of EMR coding
Also, admissions, observation and discharges can span multiple days—the code depends on the cirumstances.
Ring! Ring! Ring! Ring!
Members urge lawmakers to protect internal medicine
Patient-centered medical home topped agenda of the more than 300 internists who converged on Capitol Hill.
Drawn to political issues, these female physicians advocate for health care reform.
Resident's union celebrates its Golden Anniversary
Members tackle modern-day issues and a payment system that entices physicians away from primary care.
Top five classes of drugs prescribed for adults.
Evidence-based recommendations about care
ACP International: an organization worth recognizing
Groups collaborate for meaningful health care reform
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