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January 2008 - Posts


What Is a Doctor?
January 31, 2008 2:52 PM by Jennifer Ford
A January 27th article in the Sacramento Bee, titled " Inside Medicine: Our expectations of physicians vary widely ," is written by a physician who explores the question, "What is the role of the doctor?" The author asked a nonmedical audience what they Read More...
Medical Misinformation on Network TV
January 29, 2008 12:31 PM by Jill Rollet
A new ripped-from-the-headlines courtroom drama, "Eli Stone," premiers on ABC Thursday night, and in the first episode, our hero (Eli Stone) takes on an evil pharmaceutical company that manufactures children's vaccines. Stone's client is the mother of Read More...
Jumping on the Retail Health Bandwagon
January 29, 2008 11:02 AM by Jennifer Ford
Retail health clinics, and NPs staffing them, provide convenient, affordable health care, even for the uninsured. But it's been common lately to see health insurance companies covering services in retail health clinics. Most retail clincs work with insurance Read More...
NP Joins the National Health Care Debate
January 25, 2008 8:29 AM by Jill Rollet
Follow nurse practitioner Lois Wessel's lead and make national policy briefings your second job. Wessel wrote a touching and informative article for Tuesday's Washington Post, explaining her position at a mobile health clinic in Silver Spring, Md., and Read More...
Physicians Quicker Than Retail Clinics?
January 23, 2008 7:45 AM by Jill Rollet
Medical groups have been throwing up all kinds of arguments against retail health clinics staffed by NPs. Here's a new one: Physicians are even quicker. In an article in yesterday's (Riverside, Calif.) Press-Enterprise , Dev Gnanadev, president-elect Read More...
NPs in the Military
January 22, 2008 11:27 AM by Jennifer Ford
NPs are versatile, are able to respond to an array of medical demands, and provide excellent care in diverse settings. It is only fitting, therefore, that NPs join the ranks of the military to serve in the military health care system. And because of NPs' Read More...
Study: NPs Provide Better Diabetes Care
January 22, 2008 8:10 AM by Jill Rollet
That's right — better care than physicians and better care than physician assistants (PAs), according to a study just published in the Annals of Family Medicine (Ohman-Strickland PA, et al. Quality of Diabetes Care in Family Medicine Practices: Influence Read More...
A New Face at ADVANCE for Nurse Practitioners
January 16, 2008 11:39 AM by Jennifer Ford
Hello from the newest member of the ADVANCE for Nurse Practitioners staff! I’m very happy to be joining the team as associate editor, and I’d like to take this post to introduce myself. I come from an academic background as an editor of educational books Read More...
Did You Go to Provider School?
January 16, 2008 8:03 AM by Jill Rollet
An article in the Jan. 6 New York Times Fashion and Style section highlights the rising cachet of the creative professions and the loss of prestige among lawyers and physicians. Physicians interviewed for the article lament know-it-all patients and the Read More...
Before You Get On the Botox Bandwagon
January 10, 2008 2:24 PM by Michelle Perron
An article published in Health magazine in December calls attention to the problems that can occur when insufficiently prepared and trained personnel administer nonsurgical skin treatments. Although nurse practitioners are not mentioned in the article Read More...
Prescribing Placebos
January 8, 2008 8:17 AM by Jill Rollet
A medical student and a professor of family medicine at the University of Chicago recently found that almost half of the physicians who responded to a survey say they've prescribed a placebo. I find that alarming. Does my provider believe in the power Read More...
NPs Get Out The Vote
January 3, 2008 10:54 AM by Jill Rollet
The 2008 presidential election season officially begins today with the first round of voting for delegates to the parties' national conventions. Iowans are caucusing 2 weeks earlier than in 2004, and press coverage has focused mostly on the race among Read More...
Retail Clinic Mention Without Snark
January 2, 2008 3:25 PM by Jill Rollet
The mainstream media has finally mentioned retail health clinics in a positive light without including a snarky, negative comment from a physician. The December 2007 issue of Smart Money features "10 Things Your Primary-Care Physician Won't Tell You." Read More...


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