Family Physicians are Complex Care Physicians and Quality of Care Advancement Experts

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This issue's policy brief provides a good summary point for this issue: family physicians are complex care physicians (in addition to their other many roles). Another article demonstrates that family physicians provide more care during a preventive gynecologic visit than obstetrician-gynecologists. Completing the American Board of Family Medicine Maintenance of Certification modules are associated with higher quality of care. A learning collaborative shows the fruits of their effort to implement patient-centered medical homes. A new risk calculator for colorectal cancer is presented. Pregnant patients are more likely to accept the flu vaccine when presented by a physician rather than a nurse or medical assistant. We can “maladapt” to new information, such as not using aspirin for primary cardiac disease prevention or the low risk of lactic acidosis with metformin.