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October 2020 - Volume 45 - Issue 10
pp: 9-56

Guest Editorial

Short Communications

Medication Update


An update on gout diagnosis and management for the primary care provider

Mbuyi, Nadine; Hood, Catherine

The Nurse Practitioner. 45(10):16-25, October 2020.

Gout is the most common inflammatory arthritis in the US, affecting 3.9% of the population. Although many effective gout therapies are available for acute flares and chronic management, it is suboptimally treated worldwide, and recurrent gout flares can cause significant pain and irreversible joint damage.


Recurrent bacterial vaginosis

Ellington, Kelly; Saccomano, Scott J.

The Nurse Practitioner. 45(10):27-32, October 2020.

Bacterial vaginosis recurrence is common but can lead to recurrent bothersome symptoms associated with infection. This article reviews evidence-based options for practicing providers to improve patient outcomes. Bacterial vaginosis increases the risk of acquiring sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. Adequate treatment is essential to help avoid adverse patient outcomes.


Community-associated MRSA among Indigenous children in remote settings: Best practices for NPs

Campbell, Rhonda; Martin, Donna; Pierce, Darlene; More

The Nurse Practitioner. 45(10):34-40, October 2020.

Community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) is a major public health concern for Indigenous pediatric populations worldwide. It is the leading cause of skin and soft tissue infections in this demographic. This article reviews the literature and presents an evidence-based algorithm for the assessment and management of CA-MRSA among Indigenous children in remote settings.


Understanding the most commonly billed diagnoses in primary care: Headache disorders

Rogers, Julia; Spain, Scarlet

The Nurse Practitioner. 45(10):41-47, October 2020.

This article, part of a series about the most commonly billed diagnoses in primary care, describes the pathophysiologic processes of the three most common types of headache disorders as well as how the clinical manifestations and treatments are linked to the pathogenesis of the disorders.


NP program efforts promoting transition to rural practice

Kaplan, Louise; Pollack, Samantha W.; Skillman, Susan M.; More

The Nurse Practitioner. 45(10):48-55, October 2020.

This article presents the results of a study that identifies, describes, and compares the approaches of rural-oriented NP education programs to facilitate the NP transition from education to practice in rural settings. Preparing NP students effectively during their education may be key to their success in rural practice.