This study examines correlations between US specialty residency competitiveness and median salary, and between lifestyle factors and selection of a primary care specialty.
This study assesses the patterns of complementary and alternative medicine use in the United States and reasons for its nondisclosure.
This randomized clinical trial evaluates the effectiveness of a standardized patient–based intervention designed to enhance primary care physician patient-centeredness and skill in handling patient requests for low-value diagnostic tests.
This population-level analysis of early trends in use of the services targeted by the Choosing Wisely campaign showed both desirable and undesirable modest changes in use of low-value services, suggesting that additional interventions are necessary for wider implementation of the recommendations.
This observational study among a nationwide sample of patients reports that primary care provider turnover was associated with worse patient experiences of care but did not have a major effect on ambulatory care quality.
Examining the ordering patterns for diagnostic imaging, Hughes et al found that advanced practice clinicians were associated with more imaging services than primary care physicians for similar patients during evaluation and management office visits.
Rhodes et al assess primary care appointment availability by state and insurance status. See also the invited commentary by Bindman and Coffman.
Sinsky and Dugdale quantify the Medicare payment gap between representative cognitive and procedural services that require similar amounts of physician time. See also the invited commentary by Ginsburg.
Mafi and coauthors characterize the treatment of back pain from 1999 to 2010. See Invited Commentary by Casey.
Fowler et al surveyed how patients 40 years and older describe the decision-making process for 10 common medical decisions, including 6 that are most often made in primary care. See the Invited Commentary by Lipkin.