LATEST NEWS

 

The Platinum Rule: Upgrading the Golden Rule for Today’s Society

In the recent blog, The Platinum Rule: Upgrading the Golden Rule for Today’s Society, ACOFP Governor and DEI Task Force Member Saroj Misra, DO, FACOFP, addresses the idea of the Platinum Rule—a rule that suggests treating others as they want to be treated. By doing so, individuals focus on the needs of others through their lens, rather than their own. Learn how this translates to you professionally, as well as personally.

Exploring Self-Care Strategies in Individuals With Low Literacy, Type 2 Diabetes and Euglycemia

In the latest issue of Osteopathic Family Physician (OFP), authors of the article, Exploring Self-Care Strategies in Individuals With Low Literacy, Type 2 Diabetes and Euglycemia, discuss the findings of their research and recommend that healthcare teams help high-risk patients manage their type 2 diabetes by improving self-efficacy and by identifying social support. Their research suggests that diabetes self-management education should encourage activities that promote higher levels of self-reflection and critical thinking.

Read the July/August 2021 issue and then complete the OFP CME quiz—free for ACOFP members.

 

Telehealth Helps Address Pandemic Health Disparities

New data shows Hispanic patients took advantage of telehealth visits more than other racial groups during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although this group already used telehealth at higher numbers than the other groups pre-pandemic, numbers significantly increased in 2020, especially for behavioral health needs. Alternatively, Black patients had the lowest combined rate of visits before the pandemic—both in-person and telehealth visits. They also had among the lowest rates of mental health visits, despite other research that suggests people of color experienced higher levels of stress and mental health issues in 2020. These findings highlight that technology is not enough to address health disparities across the board but does play a critical role among certain groups.

 

Use of the Pediatric Immunization Schedules Footnotes: Part 2

In the final installment of the immunization series, AOA Liaison Member to the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Stanley E. Grogg, DO, FACOP, FAAP, discusses many of the questions HCPs ask about influenza, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, Hepatitis A, human papillomavirus and meningococcal immunizations in the pediatric population.