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Searches

  • American Academy of Family Physicians Online Resources
    5 star rating This well-developed, searchable web project, sponsored by the world's largest Family Physician organization, offers extensive free clinical information: quick reference documents, surveys, online CME, the American Family Physician - its peer-reviewed journal, practice pearls, and Family Practice Management- a practice management journal. It also offers membership information, meeting updates, family practice news, coverage of government affairs, and a career opportunity service. American Academy of Family Physicians.
  • American Academy of Family Physicians Website Search
    5 star rating Search access to peer reviewed journal articles, CME resources, and patient education documents that promote high quality standards for family doctors.
  • Medline Free Full Text Journals Search - "Family Practice"
    5 star rating Free, full-text, English language, clinically-focused journal articles indexed in Medline with "Family Practice" as a subject focus.
  • National Library for Health (U.K.)
    3 star rating REG Provides search access to evidence-based medicine literature including full text articles from various publications and abstracts from the Cochrane Database of evidence-based clinical reviews. Restricted registration or content areas. UK National Health Service.

News

  • Family Practice News
    5 star rating REG A clinical practice newsletter that has reached more than 75,000 family physicians, twice a month, with news to keep them current in patient care. The newsletter's articles are presented online by the Internet search service Findarticles.com. Fee registration. The International Medical News Group .
  • FamilyMDLinx.com News
    5 star rating REG Links to abstracts and, if available, full text articles recently released at respected online sources such as the New England Journal of Medicine or the Journal of the American Medical Association. Full text access may require fee subscription. Free registration. MDLinx.com.
  • Medpage Today Medical News - Primary Care
    5 star rating Professional-level analysis of breaking medical stories widely reported in the consumer media. Physicians and other healthcare professionals obtain free CME credits by completing associated educational programs.
  • Medical News Today - Primary Care / General Practice News
    4 star rating The latest medical and health news headlines directed to an international audience of health professionals. Includes articles and reports of pharmaceutical and biotechnology developments.
  • AAFP News Releases
    3 star rating An archive of disease reviews, society position statements, comments on current practice, and opinions on socioeconomic issues from the largest association of Family Practice physicians in the United States- the American Academy of Family Physicians. Searchable.
  • Family Medicine News from Online Medical News
    3 star rating A directory of weblinks to sites that offer specialty-related news for medical professionals and patients.
  • MeReC Bulletin
    3 star rating Single theme bulletins which disseminate high quality, evidence-based clinical updates on clinical and therapeutic topics for GPs and pharmacists. Published six times a year. PDF format. Archived. Funded by the UK's National Institute for Clinical Excellence.
  • Science Daily News - Family Medicine
    3 star rating News releases regarding medical research developments from universities, the National Science Foundation, NASA, and other scientific institutions. These announcements present new discoveries in therapeutics and disease management. ScienceDaily Magazine.
  • Topix.net Family Practice News
    3 star rating News stories emerging on the Internet from online newspapers and magazines.
  • GPSpeak Magazine
    1 star rating A bi-monthly magazine with clinical articles distributed to doctors and allied health professionals practicing in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, Australia.
  • Practical Pointers
    1 star rating Current article abstracts from six major primary care journals presented by a physician. Dr. Richard James adds brief comments to call attention to issues of interest to practicing physicians.

Full Text / MultiMedia

  • Best Practice of Medicine
    5 star rating REG A comprehensive, continuously updated reference designed to quickly answer the questions of busy primary care clinicians. Presents news, alerts, briefs, and in-depth reports on clinical topics. Fee registration.
  • BioMedCentral Family Practice
    5 star rating An online journal which publishes full text, peer-reviewed, original research articles regarding family practice medicine.
  • Canadian Family Physician
    5 star rating Free full text articles from the only peer-reviewed family medicine journal published in Canada.
  • Dr. Short's Notes
    5 star rating A collection of short articles and outline format notes on the most common diseases and health problems such as contraception, Alzheimer's disease, depression, anxiety, arthritis, and obesity. William M. Short M.D. of Marquette General Hospital, Michigan.
  • Family Practice Board Review
    5 star rating Interactive questions and answers that review subject material that appears on American Board of Family Practice board examinations.
  • Family Pratice News
    5 star rating Search access to articles covering current issues in Family Pratice . Presented online by the full text article search service Findarticles.com.
  • Hospital Physician Family Practice Board Review Manuals
    5 star rating Up-to-date manuals, developed by leading clinical educators, that assist physicians studying for Board certification or recertification examinations. PDF format. Turner White Communications, Inc.
  • Just the Berries for Family Physicians
    5 star rating Presents short articles and case reports with critical points of topics commonly encountered in Family Practice. St. Martha's Regional Hospital, Nova Scotia. .
  • Practical ENT For Primary Care Physicians
    5 star rating Text and multimedia reviews of the most common ENT disorders and procedures, such as otitis media, sinusitis, hearing loss, otitis externa, tracheostomy, etc. Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto.
  • The Canadian Journal of Diagnosis
    5 star rating A monthly publication aimed at general practitioners and clinical specialists across the country. Its articles are devoted to helping physicians fine-tune their diagnostic skills and keeping readers abreast of the latest diagnostic techniques and advances.
  • The FPM Toolbox-Practice Tools from Family Practice Management
    5 star rating Online tools and forms to apply in daily clinical practice and to solve problems with interactions with the health care system. Includes notes, forms, samples, surveys, and flow sheets on coding, computerization, disease management, office policy, patient self-care, practice assessment, practice safety, and staffing. American Academy of Family Physicians.
  • Facts About Family Practice from AAFP
    4 star rating An introduction to family physician practioners: distribution, number of office visits, diagnostic procedures offered in ambulatory settings, income, types of patient in care, graduate and continuing education, etc. American Academy of Family Physicians.
  • Family Medicine from Medscape
    4 star rating REG Presents news, conference coverage, Journal Scan with selection of abstracts and full text articles from current literature, CME educational programs, book reviews, discussions, reference sourses, Ask the Expert section, and a collection of short articles on selected diseases and conditions. Searchable. Free registration. Medscape.
  • Global Family Doctor
    4 star rating A web project which offers abstracts of current medical literature, article summaries, clinical news updates, clinical reviews, and a conference calendar. The effort is sponsored by WONCA, World Organisation of Family Doctors, an international organization that supports academic aspects of general and family practice.
  • Indian Journal of Medical Sciences
    4 star rating A monthly journal published to advance scientific knowledge in medicine and allied sciences presented in a format suitable to the primary care physician.
  • Medbroadcast.com Videos
    4 star rating A searchable collection of videos and animations with comments on a variety of common conditions and procedures for patients and general practitioners.
  • Middle East Journal of Family Medicine
    4 star rating The Mission of the Journal will be to promote family medicine in the Middle East to meet the needs of scientists, practitioners, policymakers, and the patients and communities they serve in the Middle-East. It is born out of the growing need for the exchange of ideas and research results in the region. It will foster a knowledge base for caring for individuals, families, societies and communities.
  • Molecular and Biochemical Aspects of Disease
    4 star rating A catalogue of molecular and biochemical information on a large number of disorders, diseases and symptoms. Andrew Hutchins, University of East Anglia.
  • Rand Health and Health Care Documents
    4 star rating Publications from a "think tank" that examines health, health behaviors, and healthcare financing, costs, quality, and access.
  • The Journal of the American Board of Family Practice
    4 star rating Free full text journal articles made available by the publisher. Change the year in the search window for alternate years.
  • Triviamedica.com
    4 star rating A highly graphic and colorful interface for interactive questions and answers on clinical topics. This Internet quiz site was created specifically for healthcare professionals. IC Axon.
  • Equip On-line
    3 star rating Includes general practice editorials, short articles, guidelines and standards, educational events, meetings, news, links to related web sites. Searchable. Essex Medical Audit Advisory Group, UK.
  • Family Medical Practice On-Line
    2 star rating An online collection of clinical and research articles, reviews, and editorials. Searchable. Last updated 2000. Priory Lodge Education Ltd. UK.
  • General Practice On-line
    2 star rating Offers peer-reviewed articles for primary care physicians, reviews, GP multiple choice questions and answers. Searchable. Priory Lodge Education Ltd.UK.

Journals

Textbooks

  • PocketNotes for Adult Medicine
    5 star rating A physician's personal clinical notes regarding the management of patients. Offers quick reminders and reviews of common topics in adult medicine. The author assumes no responsibility for the consequences from the use of these personal notes.
  • Family Practice Notebook
    5 star rating A compendium of interlinked notes on approaches to common problems seen in Family Practice with supporting images, references and patient education fact sheets.
  • Ambulatory Care Syllabus
    5 star rating Chapters focus on core content for ambulatory general medicine training covering the practical managment steps for conditions encountered in the ambulatory setting. Published June 1997. Authored by Steven Shea, and Miriam Rabkin, MDs of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
  • Family Medicine Clinical Practice Peripheral Brain
    5 star rating Searchable, hypertext, outline format clinical notes and memory joggers from a family practitioner on all aspects of primary care. Eric Rose, M.D., University of Washington.
  • GPnotebook
    5 star rating A clinical reference guide for general practitioners and medical students providing concise synopsis of the entire field of clinical medicine. Oxbridge Solutions Ltd.
  • Medical Housestaff Manual at Beth Israel - Ambulatory medicine
    5 star rating A section from a succinct and useful reference, updated for the year 2000, for major ambulatory medicine clinical problems. The Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
  • Standard Treatment Guidelines and Essential Drugs (South Africa)
    5 star rating Covers recommended therapeutic agents, doses, management steps, and referral details for conditions that comprise the majority of contacts at the primary level. Therapies are based on scientific evidence and positive risk/benefit ratio. Updated 1998. Searchable. Presented online by the South African Drug Action Programme.
  • UCSF Guide to Outpatient Medicine
    5 star rating Outline format notes updated annually for UCSF housestaff use in clinical practice. Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco.
  • Canadian Medical Examination (MCCQE) 2000 Review Notes- Family Medicine
    4 star rating These review notes are an up-to-date, concise and comprehensive review of medical specialty clinical knowledge. The text prepares graduating medical students for certification examination.
  • University of Iowa Family Practice Handbook
    3 star rating A published textbook that covers the diagnosis and treatment of common clinical problems facing practitioners of family medicine. Updated 2002. Searchable. Published by Mosby-Year Book, Inc. and presented online by the University of Iowa's Virtual Hospital project.
  • The Probert Encyclopaedia Medicine
    3 star rating Presents brief descriptions of diseases, conditions, and tests with hypertext links to related terms.
  • The Textbook of Primary and Acute Care Medicine
    1 star rating More than 1,700 pages covering the latest guidelines and treatment standards for the broad range of conditions managed by primary care physicians. Edited by Gideon Bosker, MD, FACEP, Editor-in-Chief of Emergency Medicine Reports. Thomson American Health Consultants.

Major Sites / Home Pages

  • Family Practice/General Practice at Merckmedicus.com
    5 star rating REG Selected weblinks to free, high quality, full text resources relevant to this specialty: clinical textbooks, news, and journal articles. Free registration is limited to physicians and healthworkers. Sponsored by Merck and Company. Restricted registration or content areas.
  • FamilyPractice.com
    5 star rating Presents news and reference resources, ABFP guides and decision support flow charts, patient cases, in-training exam questions with CME credit, an interactive learning center, news and information from medical journals, and multiple links to related web sites. American Board of Family Practice and Kurzweil Technologies.
  • American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
    4 star rating A website for certfied Family Physicians who utilize scientific medical knowledge, standard therapies, and surgery techniques plus osteopathic manipulation to diagnose and treat their patients. Includes publications, news, information for medical students and residents, and a discussion forum.
  • The College of Family Physicians of Canada
    4 star rating Presents information about the College, news releases, policies, reports & position statements, research activities, CME, meetings & meeting abstracts, sections for researchers, teachers, and residents, useful links. In English and French.
  • The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
    4 star rating RACGP Online presents information about the College, membership information, news, clinical education articles, practice guidelines, a calendar of upcoming events, an online forum, and training programs. The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
  • World Organization of Family Doctors
    4 star rating "WONCA" is a international organization that supports academic aspects of general family practice. Its website offers abstracts of current medical literature articles, clinical news updates, membership information, and a conference calendar, travel alerts, useful links.
  • Australian Divisions of General Practice
    2 star rating Includes news, information about professional meetings and CME courses, discussion forum, mailgroup, classifieds, and multiple links to national divisions of general practice and related web sites. Searchable.
  • Family & Primary Care Medicine Associations at Medbioworld
    2 star rating A comprehensive directory of weblinks for associations in this specialty.
  • The Association of Family Practice Administrators
    2 star rating Presents organizational information, publications, announcements, news, meetings, and a message board. Searchable.

Procedures

Practice Guidelines / FAQs

  • Clinical Consensus Reports - Primary Care
    5 star rating Consensus panel statements for outcome effective and evidence-based patient management. Thomson American Health Consultants, Inc.
  • ABFP Reference Guides and Decision Support
    5 star rating Presents reference guides with flowcharts prepared by the American Board of Family Practice that include criteria for physical examination, diagnostic procedures, management, patient education, follow-up, and references. The guides cover the most common diseases and health problems, such as arthritis, alcoholism, COPD, low back pain, etc. FamilyPractice.com.
  • American Family Physician Algorithms
    5 star rating A collection of full text articles and schematic presentations of logical and cost effective steps for the management of common disorders. These materials were previously published in the American Family Physician journal. American Academy of Family Physicians.
  • UCSD Outpatient Clinical Practice Guidelines
    5 star rating This institution's consensus clinical statements regarding common clinical conditions and presenting complaints. The University of California at San Diego. PDF format documents.
  • AAFP Clinical Information
    4 star rating Policies, statements, and recommendations on clinical care issues such as childhood immunization, management and prevention of complications of diabetes, periodic health examinations, drug database, quick reference books, family practice research. American Academy of Family Physicians.
  • Clinical Protocols at Cape Town
    4 star rating Protocols designed for use in the Outpatient Department of the Red Cross Children's Hospital, Cape Town (Sept 1998).
  • Critical Appraisal Index at the CFPC
    4 star rating A collection of reviews of articles from current medical literature. The reviews assess the strength of the studies and their clinical importance for Family Practice. College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Images, Path./Clinical

CME

  • AAFP OnlineVideo CME series
    5 star rating Streaming video that cover primary care issues. The Online Videos are available for viewing at no charge. CME credit is available for a fee ($8 per video for AAFP members; $10 for nonmembers). Each case is approved for 1 hour of AAFP Prescribed credit.
  • American Academy of Family Physicians CME
    5 star rating Interactive disease review CME articles, monographs, scientific assembly lecture transcripts, multimedia modules, interactive clinical quizzes, and online streaming videos. Users submit post-tests and receive online CME credit. Most CME units are free for AAFP members. Nonmembers are charged a small fee, ex., 0.5 hours for $7. Fee transactions.
  • American Family Physician Online CME Cases
    5 star rating Provide family physicians with CME modules that take advantage of the unique, interactive, case-based, and multimedia-rich capabilities of the World Wide Web. CME credit is available for a fee ($5 per case for AAFP members; $7 for nonmembers). Each case is approved for 0.5 hours of AAFP Prescribed credit.
  • CME Image Quiz at FamilyPractice.com
    5 star rating Free CME cousework that develops skills at identifying clinical images. American Academy of Family Physicians.
  • CMEList Online CME Sites - Family Practice
    5 star rating A searchable, well-annotated, and constantly-updated directory of web links to online CME opportunities. The directory entries include credit hours, sponsors, cost, lecture format, target audience, and accrediting organization. Bernard Sklar, MD, MS.
  • Family Medicine CME Articles at Medscape
    5 star rating Free, continuously updated continuing education activities for physicians and other health professionals. The accredited CME modules includes original articles and transcripts from meetings.
  • Family Practice Update
    5 star rating Free slideshows on allergy and immunology, osteoporosis, infectious disease and diabetes. Professional Education Services Group.
  • Primary Care Network CME
    5 star rating Free text activities for primary and specialty care physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and other healthcare providers.
  • American Family Physician Clinical Quiz
    4 star rating Allows readers to take an interactive quiz for CME credit based on articles published in the American Family Physician journal. American Academy of Family Physicians.
  • CMECourses-Family Practice
    4 star rating REG The Online Source for Continuing Medical Education. Includes large collection of CME courses, news, and summaries of current EBM articles. Allows browsing by categories and keyword searching. Registration and fee required for credit. Fee registration. HealthStream.
  • eCore-Core Content Review of Primary Care
    4 star rating Reviews that award CME units for answers tested against questions in general and family medicine. Fee transactions.
  • Family Medicine Review at Kentucky
    4 star rating Clinical reviews with presentations of cases and follow-up multiple choice questions. University of Kentucky Colleges of Pharmacy and Medicine. Fee transactions.
  • FamilyPractice.com CME
    4 star rating CME opportunities based on reviews of clinical topics. Free CME is awarded to members. Sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians.
  • Patient Care CME
    4 star rating Accredited CME from articles in this online journal.
  • Family Practice Management CME Quiz
    3 star rating An interactive version of the quiz that is published in each issue of the Family Practice Management journal. The quizzes cover topics from current issues of the FPM journal, such as rural practice model, credentialing, coding and documentation, treatment of obese patients, etc. American Academy of Family Physicians.
  • Primary Care Studies
    3 star rating REG CME online lectures including case reports on various topics. Restricted registration or content areas. HealthStream.com.

Patient Education

  • Med Help International
    2 star rating A web project that offers a seachable collection of patient-oriented disease fact sheets, articles, and news updates. The site offers patients a question & answer forum with physicians, and a patient-to-patient network with searchable comments regarding various medical disorders.
  • NetLiveMD.com
    1 star rating Provides users with live physician-hosted weekly chat, weekly topics, general information on family practice, useful links and the ability to get medical questions answered by the doctor for free (in 24 hours or less). Dean M. Tomasello, M.D.

Directories

  • Family Medicine MedMark
    2 star rating An extensive list of links to national and international web sites: primary care/family medicine associations, university departments, institutes, centers for medical education, training & CME resouces, consumer information, etc. Searchable.
  • MedWeb Family Medicine
    2 star rating Weblinks to web sites such as Family Medicine departments, societies, journals & medical libraries, handbooks, etc. Emory University Health Sciences Center Library.
  • Primary Care Internet Guide
    2 star rating Presents a large collection of links to web resources related to family practice, family medicine, and related specialties and subjects. University of Bergen, Norway.
  • The Doctor's Page
    2 star rating A directory of weblinks, for the practicing physician, which provides access to medical news, daily briefings, coding tools, net tutorials, medical quotes, and medical humor. G.S. Nace, MD.

Educational Materials

  • One Minute Consult at the Cleveland Clinic
    5 star rating Brief questions and answers on current clinical controversies.
  • The Open Medical Handbook Online
    5 star rating Free access to topical slideshow lectures in Family Medicine. The American Austrian Foundation, Inc.
  • Clinical Programs at Intermountain Health Care
    4 star rating Documents that provides disease-oriented clinician education: Care Process Models (CPM), Guidelines, Grand Round presentations, etc.
  • The Medical Specialty of Family Practice at AAFP
    4 star rating Contains information about family physicians and the medical specialty of family practice, AAFP policies on health issues, AAFP clinical recommendations to the public, legislative actions, and statistical resources. Searchable. American Academy of Family Physicians.
  • AAFP Articles on Medicare's Documentation Guidelines
    3 star rating Includes full text of selected articles related to Medicare documentation from the Family Practice Management journal. American Academy of Family Physicians.
  • InfoPOEMs-The Clinical Awareness System
    1 star rating REG "Patient Oriented Evidence that Matters" presents structured abstracts of evidence-based medicine articles selected from about 100 journals on topics important for primary care physicians. Fee registration.
  • Journal of Family Medicine
    1 star rating REG A journal of current medical therapeutics for Family Medicine. Includes articles reviewing the most common diseases and clinical problems in general practice, and current diagnostic and treatment guidelines for patient management. Peer-reviewed. Fee registration. The National Medical Society.
  • Journal of Primary Care Medicine
    1 star rating REG Includes articles reviewing the most common diseases and clinical problems in primary care practice, and current diagnostic and treatment guidelines. Searchable. The National Medical Society. Fee registration. Subscription fee. CCS Publishing.
  • MEDI-MOUSE
    1 star rating A practical web site for doctors, patients, and visitors. Includes guidelines, CME quizzes, basic calculators, links to useful web sites, tips for patients. Eugene R. Leduc MD CCFP Inc.
  • Primarycareonline
    1 star rating REG A compendium of Primary Care news, comments, coverage of clinical issues, and practice management; information about drugs, meetings, education, and information technology. Free registration.

Classifieds

  • Family Practice Career Opportunities from AAFP
    5 star rating An extensive listing of career openings for primary care physicians; includes international opportunities and information for medical students and residents who are considering a career in family practice. American Academy of Family Physicians.
  • Family Physician Jobs
    3 star rating Search access to employment opportunities for family practice physicians.
  • Family Medicine Classifieds
    2 star rating Includes family practice faculty positions. Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.
  • Physician Recruiter
    1 star rating Practice opportunities in primary care, emergency medicine, and various medical and surgical specialties. These opportunities include state, federal, and international agencies. They are categorized by specialty and are searchable by keyword. Offers direct employer contact information including email addresses and phone numbers. Support Services, Inc.

Forums

  • GP-Wonca Listserver
    4 star rating This list is designed to facilitate member interaction and discussion on topics relevant to family doctors around the world.
  • Fam-Med Family Medicine Information Technology
    3 star rating A homepage for an Internet discussion group on information technology in Family Medicine. The website maintains an archive of discussions, related weblinks, and a member database. Moderated by Paul Kleeberg, MD, of the Allina Health System, Minneapolis, MN.
  • FAMILY-L Academic Family Medicine Discussion
    3 star rating A discussion list for family medicine faculty, fellows and residents. Subscription is limited to those involved in teaching, research, or administration in family medicine. Includes searchable archives.
  • Fellow Family Docs Mail List
    3 star rating A private group of about 50 family physicians across the USA discussing patient care and practice management via email moderated by Paul Hunter, MD.
  • FPRES Family Practice Residents Mail List
    3 star rating Family practice residents discussion list. You can join this list by sending the message "subscribe fpres your name" to listserv@lsv.uky.edu.
  • GP-UK General Practice Discussion Forum
    2 star rating A discussion forum on clinical problems, new ideas, research, workshops, education, grants, etc. for the UK and non-UK General Practice community. Includes searchable archives, 1996-present.
  • GP-WONCA Listserve
    2 star rating The list is designed to facilitate member interaction and discussion on topics relevant to family medicine around the world. Includes links to related discussion groups. World Organization of Family Doctors.


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