August 2019 - Volume 44 - Issue 8 - Contributor Index

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Syphilis: A growing concern

Harmon, Elizabeth D.; Robertson, Eric Wayne

The Nurse Practitioner. 44(8):21-28, August 2019.

Since a brief low in 1998, reported cases of syphilis have continued to grow in the US. As primary care providers, NPs are at the forefront of the battle to eliminate syphilis. This article reviews the stages of this infection, diagnosis nuances, and treatment guidelines.

Screening and interventions for substance use in primary care

Knapp, Michelle Marie; McCabe, Donna E.

The Nurse Practitioner. 44(8):48-55, August 2019.

NPs in primary care settings are well positioned to treat substance use disorders (SUDs). SUDs affect patients across the age spectrum and may be diagnosed and treated by NPs using brief interventions and pharmacologic therapies, or patients may be referred to specialty services. This article provides guidelines for screening, brief interventions, and pharmacologic therapies.

Screening and interventions for substance use in primary care

Knapp, Michelle Marie; McCabe, Donna E.

The Nurse Practitioner. 44(8):48-55, August 2019.

NPs in primary care settings are well positioned to treat substance use disorders (SUDs). SUDs affect patients across the age spectrum and may be diagnosed and treated by NPs using brief interventions and pharmacologic therapies, or patients may be referred to specialty services. This article provides guidelines for screening, brief interventions, and pharmacologic therapies.

Evidence-based diagnosis and treatment of cervical spine disorders

Metzger, Robert L.

The Nurse Practitioner. 44(8):30-37, August 2019.

Neck pain from cervical spine disorders is the second-leading cause of musculoskeletal disorders. Neck pain can exist alone or with the presence of upper extremity symptoms. This review of evidence-based guidelines assists the provider in identifying and treating various cervical disorders.

Evaluating and managing low back pain in primary care

Pfieffer, Mary Lauren

The Nurse Practitioner. 44(8):40-47, August 2019.

Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most frequent patient complaints in primary care. Common LBP diagnoses include nonspecific LBP, radicular pain, lumbar-disk herniation, spinal infection, and ankylosing spondylitis. A thorough history and physical exam are imperative. LBP treatment is multifactorial and blends pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic approaches.

Syphilis: A growing concern

Harmon, Elizabeth D.; Robertson, Eric Wayne

The Nurse Practitioner. 44(8):21-28, August 2019.

Since a brief low in 1998, reported cases of syphilis have continued to grow in the US. As primary care providers, NPs are at the forefront of the battle to eliminate syphilis. This article reviews the stages of this infection, diagnosis nuances, and treatment guidelines.