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May 12th, 2017 - Volume 42 - Issue 5
pp: 6-6

Editor's Memo

NP Insights

Reasoning in Radiology

Medication Update


Hepatitis C infection: Updates on treatment guidelines

Pozza, Renee; Hill, Catherine; Hefner, Anna Marie; More

The Nurse Practitioner. 42(5):14-23, May 12th, 2017.

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a major cause of chronic liver disease worldwide. Due to the asymptomatic nature of the infection, many acute cases of HCV infection are left undiagnosed, so screening individuals at risk is an important public health priority. New medications offer sustained virologic response rates of over 95%, fewer adverse reactions, and shorter durations of therapy. This article reviews the new treatment guidelines for the evaluation and management of patients with HCV infection.


Caring for military families: Understanding their unique stressors

Owen, Regina; Combs, Teresa

The Nurse Practitioner. 42(5):26-32, May 12th, 2017.

Military families are often faced with unique stressors that civilian families do not have to deal with, such as deployment, geographic separation, and frequent relocation. When an NP is providing care for a military family, it is important that these unique stressors are discussed and understood. NPs can employ the Causal Uncertainty Model to encourage effortful cognition and support family attributes to ameliorate the negative effects of the stressors these families may face.


Pediatric portal hypertension: A review for primary care

Vogel, Clarissa Barbon

The Nurse Practitioner. 42(5):35-42, May 12th, 2017.

Pediatric portal hypertension management is a team approach between the patient, the patient's family, the primary caregiver, and specialty providers. This article reviews the etiology, pathophysiology, and clinical presentation of pediatric portal hypertension, diagnostic tests available, and treatment and management options.


Transitioning newly diagnosed patients with HIV into care

Perazzo, Joseph D.

The Nurse Practitioner. 42(5):44-49, May 12th, 2017.

Primary care providers play a pivotal role in creating a pipeline into HIV care following diagnosis. Using interview data and current literature, this article provides recommendations for promoting care initiation for individuals newly diagnosed with HIV.


Recognition and management of Clostridium difficile in older adults

Sams, Anna Wentz; Kennedy-Malone, Laurie

The Nurse Practitioner. 42(5):50-55, May 12th, 2017.

Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is increasing in the outpatient setting, and older adults are at a higher risk for contracting CDI and experiencing poor outcomes. This article focuses on the presentation, treatment, and clinical practice implications for CDI in older adults.