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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES The long-term effect of teaching critical appraisal (CA) and evidence-based medicine (EBM) skills is unknown. This study explores long-term behaviors and learner satisfaction after a 3-year longitudinal CA/EBM curriculum. METHODS Telephone interviews were conducted with 1996-1998 graduates of an academic family medicine residency(More)
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease affects more than 26 million adults in the United States. Family physicians provide care for most of these patients. Cigarette smoking is the leading risk factor for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, although other risk factors, including occupational and environmental exposures, account for up to one in six cases.(More)
Stroke can be categorized as ischemic stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage, and subarachnoid hemorrhage. Awakening with or experiencing the abrupt onset of focal neurologic deficits is the hallmark of ischemic stroke diagnosis. The most common presenting symptoms for ischemic stroke are difficulty with speech and weakness on one half of the body. Many stroke(More)
Closed intramedullary nailing is a successful method of treating adult femoral shaft fractures. In comminuted or segmental fractures, this operation is associated with an incidence of rotational malalignment and malunion. After locked nailing, this can only be corrected by further operation. A simple method of judging and obtaining rotational alignment in(More)
BACKGROUND To sustain progress toward injury reduction and other health promotion goals, public health organizations need a systematic approach based on data and an evaluation of existing scientific evidence on prevention. This paper describes a process and criteria developed to systematically and objectively define prevention program and policy priorities.(More)
PURPOSE Clinicians are overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of new clinical information that is available on a daily basis. Despite the availability of information tools for finding this information and for updating clinical knowledge, no study has examined the quality of current information alerting services. METHODS We developed a 7-item checklist based(More)
Handheld computing devices, or personal digital assistants (PDAs), are used often in the health care setting. They provide a convenient way to store and carry either personal or reference information and can be used to accomplish other tasks associated with patient care. This article reports clinical and educational lessons learned from a longitudinal(More)
BACKGROUND The feasibility and acceptability of teaching medical students to use PDA clinical decision support tools via a Web-based course have not been previously evaluated. METHODS A total of 119 third-year family medicine clerkship students completed a baseline survey on PDA use, attended an introductory PDA lecture, and were invited to voluntarily(More)
Tinnitus, a common symptom encountered in family medicine, is defined as the perception of noise in the absence of an acoustic stimulus outside of the body. Because tinnitus is a symptom and not a disease, its underlying cause must be determined to best help patients. Although tinnitus is often idiopathic, sensorineural hearing loss is the most common(More)