Improving Family Medicine with Thoughtful Research

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This issue is about improving primary health care outcomes, from behavioral health to opioid issues to diagnosing hypertension to providing hope for childhood obesity. It includes hints for integrating behavioral health and care managers into family medicine practices. Opiate prescribing practices vary considerably between Japan and the United States, with helpful insights for our opiate abuse epidemic. Suicidality is high among patients taking opiates. Diagnosing hypertension the recommended way is not easily accomplished. Primary care clinicians are important in infertility and prostate cancer treatment, and in support of men who commit interpersonal violence and people with cognitive impairment who wander. The “July effect” seems to persist. Parents' views on obesity in children can be changed—for the better. Family physicians have less burnout than has been previously reported, and many provide palliative care. Doctors think diseases, patients think about how well they feel. Do we find healthy lifestyles in retirement?