Management of Patients With Venous Thromboembolism After the Initial Treatment Period.

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Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a common medical problem seen in primary care settings. The most common long-term adverse sequelae are recurrent thromboembolism and incomplete resolution of the embolic material, which […]

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Reasons Older Veterans Use the Veterans Health Administration and Non-VHA Care in an Urban Environment.

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Older veterans in urban settings rely less on the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) health care, suggesting deficits of access and services for aging veterans. We aimed to identify reasons for […]

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Sexual Dysfunction and Preferences for Discussing Sexual Health Concerns Among Veteran Primary Care Patients.

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Sexual health is an important, yet often overlooked, aspect of overall health. Veterans may be particularly at risk for sexual dysfunction. The objectives of this study were to assess the […]

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Treatment Differences in Primary and Specialty Settings in Veterans with Major Depression.

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The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) supports the nation’s largest primary care-mental health integration (PC-MHI) collaborative care model to increase treatment of mild to moderate common mental disorders in primary care […]

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“Alexa, Can You Be My Family Medicine Doctor?” The Future of Family Medicine in the Coming Techno-World.

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Even before social distancing disrupted normative expectations and prompted an immediate shift to remote doctor/patient interactions, technology companies-Amazon, Apple, and Google-were preparing to disrupt medical care through the innovative use […]

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Characteristics of Veterans With Non-VA Encounters Enrolled in a Trial of Standards-Based, Interoperable Event Notification and Care Coordination.

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Understanding how veterans use Veterans Affairs (VA) for primary care and non-VA for acute care can help policy makers predict future health care resource use. We aimed to describe characteristics […]

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Clinical Pharmacist Integration Into Veterans’ Primary Care: Team Members Perspectives.

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With the restructuring of primary care into patient-centered medical homes (PCMH), researchers have described role transformations that accompany the formation of core primary care teamlets (eg, primary care provider, registered […]

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Clinician Perspectives on Group Visits for Advance Care Planning Among Caregivers and Older Adult Patients With Heart Failure.

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Advance care planning (ACP) is critical for older adults with heart failure; however, patient-level and clinician-level barriers exist. Although a group visit (GV) approach to engage patients in ACP has […]

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Getting Routine Intimate Partner Violence Screening Right: Implementation Strategies Used in Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Primary Care.

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Evidence supports the clinical effectiveness of intimate partner violence (IPV) screening programs, but less is known about implementing and sustaining them. This qualitative study identified implementation strategies used to integrate […]

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Heeding the Call for Urgent Primary Care Payment Reform: What Do We Know about How to Get Started?

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The COVID-19 pandemic has added further urgency to the need for primary care payment reform. Fee-for-service payments limit the flexibility of practices to respond to crises and leave practices without […]

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How Comprehensive Medication Management Contributes to Foundational Elements of Primary Care.

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Pharmacists are more often being recognized as a critical component of the primary care team. Previous literature has not clearly made the connection to how pharmacists and comprehensive medication management […]

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Buprenorphine Microdose Induction for the Management of Prescription Opioid Dependence.

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Prescription opioid dependence remains a major source of morbidity and mortality in the United States. Patients previously on high-dose opioids may poorly tolerate opioid tapers. Current guidelines support the use […]

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Primary Care Relevant Risk Factors for Adverse Outcomes in Patients With COVID-19 Infection: A Systematic Review.

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The aim of this systematic review is to summarize the best available evidence regarding individual risk factors, simple risk scores, and multivariate models that use patient characteristics, vital signs, comorbidities, […]

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The Pharmacist as Part of the Primary Care Team During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Pharmacists’ roles and training have evolved to prepare pharmacists to provide clinical patient care services as part of interdisciplinary teams in primary care settings. Especially now, amidst a global health […]

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Demographic Characteristics Associated With Utilization of Noninvasive Treatments for Chronic Low Back Pain and Related Clinical Outcomes During the COVID-19 Pandemic in the United States.

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This study was conducted to determine if limited access to health care during the COVID-19 pandemic impacted utilization of recommended nonpharmacological treatments, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and opioids by patients with […]

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Uniting Public Health and Primary Care for Healthy Communities in the COVID-19 Era and Beyond.

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The Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has laid bare the dis-integrated health care system in the United States. Decades of inattention and dwindling support for public health, coupled with declining […]

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Designing and Evaluating COVID-19 Protocols for an Office-Based Opioid Treatment Program in an Urban Underserved Setting.

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Despite changing federal regulations for providing telehealth services and provision of controlled substances during the COVID-19 pandemic, there is little guidance available for office-based opioid treatment (OBOT) programs integrated into […]

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