• Primary care providers overestimate likelihood of disease before, after certain tests

    1 month ago - By Healio

    Providers in the primary care setting often overestimate the probability of a diagnosis before and after testing, suggesting that many are “unaccustomed to using probability in diagnosis and clinical practice,” researchers said.
    “This research grew out of seeing a clear disconnect between how we taught testing to medical students and how we practice clinically,” David J. Morgan, MD, MS, professor of epidemiology and public health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, told Healio Primary Care. “We teach testing as math equations and 2x2 tables but that
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  • Parental smoking intervention cost effective in pediatric primary care setting

    Parental smoking intervention cost effective in pediatric primary care setting

    1 month ago - By Healio

    A parental smoking intervention was effective and “inexpensive” to implement in pediatric primary care practices, with costs per quit that were comparable to other interventions, according to researchers.
    Results of the randomized clinical trial were recently published in JAMA Network.
    “The impetus for screening parents for tobacco use in the pediatric setting is to protect children from exposure to secondhand smoke,” Douglas E. Levy, PhD, MPH, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and associate investigator at the Mongan Institute Health Policy
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