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November/December 2011 Annals of Family Medicine Tip Sheet
Date:11/14/2011

nt-to-treat analysis. Post hoc analysis appeared more promising, showing benefit regarding screening and improved LDL and non-HDL cholesterol goal attainment. Specifically, in post hoc analysis, researchers found practices reporting above-median use of the patient activation kiosk were more likely to have patients screened (OR = 2.54) than those with infrequent or no use. Physicians with above-median use of the PDA decision support tool were more likely to have their patients at LDL cholesterol goals (OR = 1.27) and non-HDL goals (OR=1.23) than physicians with below-median or no PDA use. The researchers call for more research on how to incorporate and increase adoption of user-friendly, patient-centered e-health tools to improve screening and management of chronic diseases and their risk factors.

Translating Cholesterol Guidelines Into Primary Care Practice: A Multimodal Cluster Randomized Trial

By Charles B. Eaton, MD, MS, et al

Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Rhode Island

New Tool Measures Depth of the Patient-Doctor Relationship

Researchers developed and tested a new patient questionnaire designed to measure the depth of the patient-doctor relationship in primary care, asserting the instrument may provide a more meaningful way to examine the value of patient-doctor continuity to care processes and patient outcomes. The final 8-item instrument showed high internal reliability and had good test-retest reliability.

Patient-Doctor Depth-of-Relationship Scale: Development and Validation

By Matthew J. Ridd, et al

University of Bristol, United Kingdom

Balint Group Helps a Physician Through the Emotional Process of Leaving Practice

An essay by Shorer and colleagues depicts how Balint group involvement leads a physician to recognize her conflicted feelings about leaving her practice and to proactively plan her departure. The authors conclude these closed peer discussion groups offer physicians a
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