Top 20 research studies of 2012 for primary care physicians

Mark H. Ebell, Roland Grad

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This is the second annual summary of top research studies in primary care. In 2012, through regular surveillance of more than 100 English-language clinical research journals, seven clinicians identified 270 studies with the potential to change primary care practice, called POEMs, or patient-oriented evidence that matters. These studies were then summarized in brief, structured critical appraisals and e-mailed to subscribers, including members of the Canadian Medical Association. A validated tool was used to obtain feedback from these physicians about the clinical relevance of each POEM and the benefits the physicians expected for their practice. The 20 identified research studies rated as most relevant cover common topics such as diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease prevention, infectious disease, musculoskeletal disease and exercise, cancer screening, and women's health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)380-386
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican family physician
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 15 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Family Practice


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