FMCH Examines Evidence-Based Approaches to Population Health and Family Practice

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Family Medicine and Community Health Journal Examines Evidence-Based Approaches to Population Health and Family Practice


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Roger J. Zoorob, MD, MPH, FAAFP, Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, serves as U.S. Editor.

Beijing, July 17, 2015: Evidence-Based Approaches to Population Health and Family Practice is the theme of the new issue of Family Medicine and Community Health (FMCH), an international medical journal with editorial offices in China and the U.S. The Summer 2015 issue includes six original research articles, two educational research articles and two systematic reviews addressing various topics in evidence based population health and patient care.

Evidence-based approaches promote incorporating the “best available” evidence from research into practice. Increasing disease rates, limited funding, and the growing scientific basis for interventions create the need for proven strategies to improve population health and patient care methods.  This special issue of FMCH, coordinated by the Baylor College of Medicine Department of Family and Community Medicine, explores emerging trends in research, teaching, epidemiology, clinical practice, and interdisciplinary and international exchange of ideas.

The featured work in this issue is an original research article entitledRural Congestive Heart Failure Mortality Among US Elderly, 1999-2013: Identifying Counties with Promising Outcomes and Opportunities for Implementation Research.” As stated by authors Maria C. Mejia de Grubb, Robert S. Levine, Barbara Kilbourne, Baqar A. Husaini, Tyler Skelton, and Lisa Gittner, declining US mortality trajectories for some medical conditions have been found to be related to successful research innovations, clinical implementation, and public health advances. Identifying successful locales and health systems with big-data analysis may prove a valuable tool in recognizing and disseminating effective models to broader populations.  However, further research is needed to understand the relative contribution of research innovation, medical care, and public health to rural-urban disparities and the relative success of positive deviance counties.

Other articles published in the issue include:

Mohamad Sidani, Jaden Harris and Roger Zoorob:Adult Immunization improvement in an underserved Family Medicine practice

Jason L. Salemi, Vikas Jindal, Roneé E. Wilson, Mulubrhan F. Mogos, Muktar H. Aliyu, and Hamisu M. Salihu: “Hospitalizations and healthcare costs associated with serious, non-lethal firearms-related violence and injuries in the United States, 1998-2011

Malvika Juneja, Maria Mejia de Grubb, Haijun Wang, Kiara Spooner, and Roger Zoorob:Exploring point-of- care transformation in diabetic care: A quality improvement approah

Baqar A. Husaini, Robert S. Levine, Meggan L. Novotny, Van A. Cain, Uchechukwu, KA Sampson, and Majaz Moonis: “Depression and Race Affect Hospitalization Costs of Heart Failure Patients

Kenneth Kushner and Yu Shuang: “Integration of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine in a Chinese Community Health Center

Sandra Gonzalez, Maria Mejia de Grubb, and Roger Zoorob: Patient Centered Medical Home and Integrated Care in the United States: An Opportunity to Maximize Primary Care Delivery

William Brett Perkison and Mohamad Sidani: “A Review of Adult Asthma and the Effectiveness of Education Programs in Reducing Symptoms

William Huang and Kenneth Barning: “Student self-assessment of strengths and needed improvements during a family medicine clerkship

Haijun Wang and Eric Warwick: “Evaluation of obstetrics procedure competency of family medicine residents

Family Medicine and Community Health is a stringently peer-reviewed, open access journal in its third year of publication. FMCH aims to promote timely communication of medical knowledge and skills that translate into better modalities of care globally. It focuses on family medicine; community health; chronic disease management; community nursing; hospice care; paramedics; epidemiology; education and training; and community health policy worldwide.

Led internationally by Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Wei Wang, MD, PhD, FFPH, of Edith Cowan University, Western Australia, plans this year include the publication of three additional special topic issues: Comprehensive Planning for Aged Care, Global Health, and Cancer Research. Roger J. Zoorob, MD, MPH, FAAFP, Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, serves as U.S. Editor.

FMCH is available on the IngentaConnect platform and at Family Medicine and Community Health. Submissions may be made using ScholarOne Manuscripts. There are no author submission or article processing fees.