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Failed appointments disrupt office operations. Most studies involved hospital clinics with low socioeconomic populations, which have shown fail rates between 19 and 28 percent. Family practice centers report fail rates which vary from 5 to 11 percent. Young adults, adults with young children, and patients in low socioeconomics groups tend to increase the(More)
We conducted a prospective study comparing the diagnostic yield of standard clinical examinations and of comprehensive microbiological studies in establishing the etiology of genitourinary (GU) symptoms and the prevalence of GU tract infections in 204 women seen in a university-based family practice. Two thirds were initially seen with GU symptoms and one(More)
A chart review of 500 drug uses during a three-month period in a family practice clinic showed that 46 (9.2%) were for indications not included in the Food and Drug Administration-approved labeling. Dipyridamole was the drug most frequently and consistently prescribed for unlabeled indications. On no occasion did the chart show that patients were informed(More)
In an effort to improve the cost-effectiveness of primary care for low-back pain, we developed, implemented, and evaluated a physician education intervention. The program was designed to provide family physicians with specific information, tools, and techniques that our previous studies and the literature suggested should be associated with more satisfying(More)
A randomized trial of various postcard reminder "cues" was performed to improve understanding of health-related behavior and to find better strategies for improving influenza vaccination compliance. Data were gathered on 283 high-risk patients (92 per cent response rate) who received: 1) a "neutral" cue simply announcing the availability of vaccine; 2) a(More)
This study compares potassium hydroxide (KOH), Microstix-Candida, and Nickerson's medium with Sabouraud agar in the isolation of Candida. Of 204 symptomatic and asymptomatic women, 36 had Sabouraud cultures positive for Candida. The KOH preparation demonstrated both poor sensitivity and poor predictive value in the isolation of Candida, while(More)
Two hundred four female subjects symptomatic and asymptomatic for genitourinary disease were evaluated for Candida vaginitis. All were questioned regarding the presence or absence of a variety of symptoms related to the genitourinary system, including vaginal discharge, its color, if present, pruritus, dysuria, and the like. Additionally, all subjects were(More)
The provision of health care outside of regular hours is one of the major challenges in any primary care practice and an important focus of residency teaching in family medicine. In this study were studied the volume and pattern of after-hours calls in a residency based group family practice at the end of the first and fifth year of the practice's(More)
At the University of Washington Family Medicine Clinic, termination of pregnancy procedures were performed on 260 patients. Their records were reviewed, and an analysis was completed on demographic data, technical procedure parameters, and complication rates during and following the procedure. The majority of patients were not primigravida. Fifteen percent(More)
Pediatric health screening comprises a significant component of a family physician's practice. A variety of protocols exist for pediatric screening yet many of the diseases included in such screening have marginal supportive evidence in the literature. This article examines 14 areas commonly included in pediatric health screening. Each is evaluated based on(More)