Patients & Families
Screening Pelvic Examination in Nonpregnant Adult Women
New ACP guidelines say that doctors should not do screening pelvic examinations on nonpregnant, adult women who do not have symptoms of possible pelvic disease. ACP’s guideline does not apply to Pap smear screening, only the pelvic examination. ACP states that when screening for cervical cancer, the recommended examination should be limited to visual inspection of the cervix and cervical swabs for cancer and for some women human papillomavirus (HPV), and does not need to include the bimanual examination.
Engaging Patients to Live Well with Chronic Disease
Becky C., a patient living with rheumatoid arthritis, was part of a group who helped to design the content and style of ACP’s Live Better with Rheumatoid Arthritis guide. Becky used her own experiences as a basis for what she felt patients need. “Being diagnosed with any chronic disease is frightening, at the very least, and I was frightened, indeed. I think a guide like this would have been helpful to me because it shows patients living active lives and smiling. This alone would have encouraged me to spend some time reading the guide.” Knowing what her major questions were after being diagnosed, Becky was able to suggest important topics to cover in the guide. ACP used this feedback to develop content that was relatable and practical for patients.
About Internal Medicine
Doctors of internal medicine focus on adult medicine and have had special study and training focusing on the prevention and treatment of adult diseases. At least three of their seven or more years of medical school and postgraduate training are dedicated to learning how to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases that affect adults. Internists are sometimes referred to as the "doctor's doctor," because they are often called upon to act as consultants to other physicians to help solve puzzling diagnostic problems.
Products & Resources
Order or download educational resources designed to provide information on a variety of clinical topics. Choose from DVDs, brochures and guidebooks, or HEALTH TiPS, two-sided 4x6 sheets which help patients to ask their physician important questions related to their health conditions.