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Filling the gap: Uniting primary and palliative care

Filling the gap: Uniting primary and palliative care

Primary care is...well...primary in delivering coordinated, patient-centered care. But the combination of primary and specialty clinicians along with those in palliative care can deliver another layer of support at a critical time in a patient’s life.
Cost/benefit of direct oral anticoagulants

Cost/benefit of direct oral anticoagulants

More than 5 million people in the U.S. have atrial fibrillation, leading to an increased risk of stroke and related heart problems. Here’s a cost/benefit analysis of some of the leading medication options for treating this prevalent condition and the role of PGx.
Can taking away meds be good for your health?

Can taking away meds be good for your health?

Removing unnecessary and even potentially dangerous meds from your pile of pills can be one of the most effective aspects of medication management. Most of the time, we think of physicians prescribing a different or additional medication when we have a new medical problem. But what about taking some away from your already overcrowded medicine chest?
What’s on your mind? Neurology and pharmacy: how the pharmacist helps

What’s on your mind? Neurology and pharmacy: how the pharmacist helps

By their very nature, specialties are designed so physicians can focus their knowledge base and skill set on certain areas of the extremely broad and deep field of medicine. But the specialty of neurology itself is becoming increasingly complex, with disease states that vary widely and are treated quite differently, including the patient’s medication regime.
It takes a patient-centered village to improve cardiac health

It takes a patient-centered village to improve cardiac health

We know that the U.S. has a growing shortage of physicians that’s reaching crisis proportions. The shortage is estimated at between 42,600 and 121,300 physicians by 2030, especially in primary care, the specialty that drives patient-centered care in most models. The advantages of team-based care become even more compelling when viewed in this light.