In 2003, the American Academy of Family Physicians published and distributed to its 55,000 members a continuing medical education (CME) bulletin that focuses on techniques family physicians can use to help patients modify unhealthy behavior in four areas: smoking, alcohol, diet and lack of exercise.
In 2003, the academy published the CME bulletin, "Integrating Health Behavior Counseling into Routine Primary Care." The bulletin includes:
- Advice on health behavior counseling during primary care office visits.
- The elements of effective counseling for smoking cessation and intervention for problem drinkers.
- Recommendations on counseling patients on healthy diet and physical activity that were developed by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
- Strategies for identifying sources of support in the community to supplement practice-based interventions.
In the year following publication of the bulletin, 2,469 physicians completed the post-test on the material, enabling them to earn one CME credit.