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2019 Nov-Dec

J Am Board Fam Med



New Research on Back Pain, Diet and Diabetes, Advanced Care Planning, and Other Issues Frequently Seen in Family Medicine.


Bowman MA, Neale A V, Seehusen DA
J Am Board Fam Med. 2019 Nov-Dec; 32(6):759-762.
PMID: 31704741.


From the United States and Netherlands, we have 2 articles on back pain, with findings that indicate significant treatment differences between the countries, and a high likelihood of persistence. The Inflammatory Diet is now shown to be related to diabetes. Multiple perspectives on palliative care for the homeless. Could pharmacists assist in preventing suicide? There are changes in the practice of family medicine. Social determinants of health substantially influence health and medical care. Moreover, care for patients from deprived communities is under-reimbursed. Patient pre-existing conditions increased after the Affordable Care Act, suggesting that repealing pre-existing condition protections would likely exacerbate disparities in health and health care.