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Depression is a common psychiatric disorder in children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly. Primary care physicians, not mental health professionals, treat the majority of patients with symptoms of depression. Persons who are depressed have feelings of sadness, loneliness, irritability, worthlessness, hopelessness, agitation, and guilt that may be(More)
OBJECTIVE Individuals with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) have a 3- to 6-fold increased risk of coronary heart disease and stroke compared to those without PAD. We documented physician-reported practice behavior, knowledge, and attitudes regarding atherosclerotic risk factor reduction in patients with PAD. DESIGN National physician survey. (More)
BACKGROUND Each year many new prescription drugs are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The process of developing and bringing new drugs to market is important for primary care physicians to understand. METHODS We describe the drug development process based on a review of the literature and Web sites addressing FDA processes and policies.(More)
BACKGROUND The prevalence of overweight and obesity was examined in African-American and Hispanic children compared with white children. METHODS Multivariate analyses were performed on cross-sectional data from the National Survey of Children's Health collected in 2003 to 2004. RESULTS Analyses found that overweight children were more likely to be(More)
There is evidence that Hispanic men are a high risk group for treatment delay for both heart attack and stroke. More targeted research is needed to elucidate this specific population's knowledge of warning signs for these acute events. This study sought to describe within-group disparities in Hispanic men's knowledge of heart attack and stroke symptomology.(More)
CONTEXT Individuals searching the Internet for vaccine information may find antivaccination Web sites. Few published studies have systematically evaluated these sites. OBJECTIVES To examine antivaccination Web site attributes and to delineate the specific claims and concerns expressed by antivaccination groups. DESIGN AND SETTING In late 2000, using a(More)
BACKGROUND Limited data are available on physicians' accuracy in coding for their services. The purpose of this study was to determine the current procedural terminology (CPT) evaluation and management coding accuracy of family physicians and define demographic variables associated with coding accuracy. METHODS Six hundred randomly selected active members(More)
OBJECTIVE Despite studies suggesting that there is a higher prevalence of overweight or obese children in rural areas in the U.S., there are no national studies comparing the prevalence levels of overweight or obese rural to metropolitan children. The objective of this research was to examine the hypothesis that living in a rural area is a risk factor for(More)
BACKGROUND Available data suggest that physicians are accurate in approximately 55% of Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) evaluation and management (E/M) coding for their services. This accuracy is relative to observers' or auditors' assigned codes for these services, a group that has not been studied for their consistency in application of the CPT E/M(More)
PURPOSE A national survey of family practice (FP) chief residents to identify the type of procedural skills they have completed, assess their perceptions of competence to perform those procedures, and identify the procedures they anticipate performing in practice. METHOD A questionnaire asking about training and competency in 31 core procedures for family(More)