HelpDesk Answers Publications

This is a list of HelpDesk Answers publications written by our faculty and residents since 2014.

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2019 HelpDesk Answers Publications

2019 HelpDesk Answers Publications

Bader A, Wells H, Buffintgon A, Westfall E. In obese patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus, is surgical intervention better than intensive lifestyle management and medical therapy in achieving remission? Evidence-Based Practice. 2019;22(3):35-36.

Bader A, Westfall E. Does prophylactic antibiotic therapy reduce frequency of COPD exacerbations? Evidence-Based Practice. 2019;22(3):10.

Bastyr E, Stelter K, Maass Z. Is surgical intervention superior to nonoperative management for decreasing knee pain in patients with degenerative meniscal tears? Evidence-Based Practice. 2019;22(1):26-27.

Berg M. Does measuring exhaled nitric oxide provide predictive value in the diagnosis of dyspneic patients presenting to primary care clinics? Evidence-Based Practice. 2019;22(5):16-17.

Budd J. Are umbilical cord gas results affected by delayed cord clamping? Evidence-Based Practice. 2019;22(2):25-25.

Chaisson N. Do cervical blocks decrease pain during intrauterine device insertion in adolescent patients? Evidence-Based Practice. 2019;22(1):28-29.

Clark K. Are transcutaneous bilirubin measurements in newborns a suitable estimate of serum bilirubin? Evidence-Based Practice. 2019;22(3):16.

Ea D, Fallert C. Among patients with acute seizure-like activity, what is the value of a serum prolactin level? Evidence-Based Practice. 2019;22(3):28-29.

Kirkeby B, Satre T. Does the combination of naltrexone and acamprosate relieve long-term abstinence rates over either treatment alone in patients with alcohol use disorder? Evidence-Based Practice. 2019;22(5):25-25.

Maass Z, Stelter K. Does exercise improve outcomes in adults with knee osteoarthritis? Evidence-Based Practice. 2019;22(3):8-9.

Miller L. Is a mid-luteal phase serum progesterone level accurate for predicting the ovulatory status of women? Evidence-Based Practice. 2019;22(4):24-25. 

Runde M, Van Vooren J. Do the benefits of NSAIDs outweigh the risks when treating ankle sprains? Evidence-Based Practice. 2019;22(2):24-24.

Yadlapati S, Satre T. Is decolonization with short-term application of intranasal mupirocin ointment effective in preventing Staphylococcus aureus skin infections? Evidence-Based Practice. 2019;22(3):7-8.

Zak-Hunter L. Are medications effective in weight management in anorexia nervosa? Evidence-Based Practice. 2019;22(4):10-11. 

2018 HelpDesk Answers Publications

2018 HelpDesk Answers Publications

Larson LR, Satre TJ. What is the optimal TSH level for patients with hypothyroidism on levothyroxine replacement therapy? Evidence-Based Practice. 2018;21(9):99-100. 

Weinmann A. Is depot medroxyprogesterone safe to use in women with severe hypertension? Evidence-Based Practice. 2018;21(8):55-56.

Brown K, Montag Schafer K, Horst A. In patients prescribed chronic opioids for pain management, do pill counts prevent diversion? Evidence-Based Practice. 2018;21(8):51-51.

Brinkman B, Stelter K. In patients with acute bacterial conjunctivitis, what is the preferred antibiotic? Evidence-Based Practice. 2018;21(8):46-47.

Becker M, Lombardi N, Brandenburg D. Are short-acting or long-acting benzodiazepines more effective in decreasing the severity of alcohol withdrawal symptoms? Evidence-Based Practice. 2018;21(8):25-26.

Brink D, McCabe J. What is the best dose and duration of prednisone for widespread contact dermatitis from poison ivy? Evidence-Based Practice. 2018;21(8):22-23.

McCarthy T, Oberstar J. Are weight-bearing exercises after hip fracture surgery better than non-weight-bearing exercises or no exercise? Evidence-Based Practice. 2018;21(8):17-18.

Rillo AC, Madlon-Kay, DJ. Is aspirin effective in preventing maternal or fetal complications in pregnant women with mild to moderate chronic hypertension? Evidence-Based Practice. 2018;21(7):E18-E19.

Justesen K, Miller L. Are rapid group B Streptococcus (GBS) tests accurate in determining GBS colonization status in laboring women? Evidence-Based Practice. 2018;21(7):E7.

Borchert K, Adam P. Which management option for first-trimester miscarriage has the highest patient satisfaction: expectant, medical, or surgical? Evidence-Based Practice. 2018;21(7):14.

Ashna B, Madlon-Kay DJ. What are the health risks of occupational silver exposure? Evidence-Based Practice. 2018;21(7):9.

Prasad S. Before we stop following guidelines for abnormal Pap smear results, let’s examine the evidence closer. Evidence-Based Practice. 2018;21(7):5.

Adam P, Kilby N. Which medication is more effective as a first-line agent for status epilepticus, midazolam or lorazepam? Evidence-Based Practice. 2018;21(6):E16-E17.

Budd J, Smithson A. Do continuous glucose monitors result in better A1C control than conventional glucose monitoring in patients with type 2 diabetes? Evidence-Based Practice. 2018;21(6):E11.

Toor S, Madlon-Kay DJ. Do Southeast Asian immigrants have a higher incidence of cervical cancer than the general population of Western countries? Evidence-Based Practice. 2018;21(6):E8-E9. 

Price E, Madlon-Kay DJ. What is the best treatment for chronic anal fissures in adults? Evidence-Based Practice. 2018;21(6):E1-E2.

Clyde M, Madlon-Kay DJ. Is levetiracetam more effective than carbamazepine for the long-term treatment of generalized tonic-clonic seizures in healthy adults? Evidence-Based Practice. 2018;21(5):10-11. 

Davidson J, Satre T. Are proton pump inhibitors better than histamine-2 blockers for relieving symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux without esophagitis? Evidence-Based Practice. 2018;21(4):E14-E15.

Finke J, Satre T. Is quetiapine effective for the treatment of insomnia and how does it compare with other medications? Evidence-Based Practice. 2018;21(4):E4-E5.

Ajayi O, Satre T. After metformin, what is the best oral agent for use in patients with type 2 diabetes without comorbidities? Evidence-Based Practice. 2018;21(4):11-12.

Honsvall AM, Broton M, Power DV. Is intra-articular lidocaine injection a safe and effective alternative to intravenous analgesia and sedation for the manual reduction of acute anterior shoulder dislocation? Evidence-Based Practice. 2018;21(4):10-11.

Ramer T, Nissly T. Does point-of-care ultrasound have patient-care advantages over ultrasound performed in the radiology department in the evaluation of deep venous thrombosis? Evidence-Based Practice. 2018;21(4):8. 

Ronneberg T, Svendsen J. Can procalcitonin testing guide antibiotic therapy in children with community-acquired pneumonia? Evidence-Based Practice. 2018;21(4):7.

Bader A, Westfall E. What is the workup of an isolated elevation of alkaline phosphatase? Evidence-Based Practice. 2018;21(4):6. 

Peter D, Adam P. Does knowledge about healthful cooking affect metabolic syndrome markers? Evidence-Based Practice. 2018;21(3):E15. 

Wicks C, Freeman, K. Does vitamin D replacement decrease pain in vitamin D-deficient adults with chronic nonspecific pain. Evidence-Based Practice. 2018;21(3):E7-E8. 

Oberstar J, McCarthy T. Does surgical repair of hip fractures in older adults improve outcomes? Evidence-Based Practice. 2018;21(3):E4-E5. 

Fallert C, Nguyen-Tran T. What is the best treatment for infantile hemangiomas? Evidence-Based Practice. 2018;21(3):3. 

Torres YA, Adam P. Do delayed antibiotic prescriptions decrease antibiotic use for respiratory infections? Evidence-Based Practice. 2018;21(2):13. 

Paulson W, Slattengren AH. Does physical activity in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) improve symptoms or decrease medication use? Evidence-Based Practice. 2018;21(2):11. 

Van Vooren J, Berg M. What is the best approach for immunocompetent patients with a positive skin and a negative blood test for tuberculosis (TB)? Evidence-Based Practice. 2018;21(2):6-7. 

Westfall E, Brandenburg D. Probiotics for symptoms of depression and anxiety. Am Fam Physician. 2018;97(6):online.

Brown R, Madlon-Kay DJ. Intercontraction intervals for predicting timing of labor evaluation. Am Fam Physician. 2018;97(5):online.

Paulson W, Slattengren AH. Effectiveness of ACL injury prevention programs. Am Fam Physician. 2018;97(3):online.

Okubamichael E, Satre T. Is psychotherapy effective in decreasing chronic low back pain? Evidence-Based Practice. 2018;21(1):E18.

Danner C, Freeman K. Are aquatic aerobic exercise programs effective in decreasing pain levels in patients with fibromyalgia? Evidence-Based Practice. 2018;21(1):E9.

2017 HelpDesk Answers Publications

2017 HelpDesk Answers Publications

Adam P, Larson A. Hypnosis for surgical pain. Am Fam Physician. 2017;96(12):online.

Lipovskiy E, Satre T. In patients with impingement syndrome of the shoulder, is physical therapy superior to subacromial corticosteroid injection? Evidence-Based Practice. 2017;20(12):E12-E13.

Dwivedi R, Ofstedal J. What is the best first-line antibiotic for uncomplicated UTI in women? Evidence-Based Practice. 2017;20(10):11-12.

Okonkwo N, Madlon-Kay D. Does long-term use of proton pump inhibitors cause vitamin B12 deficiency? Evidence-Based Practice. 2017;20(10):8-9.

Solum S, Satre T. Does treating obstructive sleep apnea improve control of Tx-resistant hypertension? J Fam Pract. 2017;66(9):E15-E16.

Greiman T, Satre T. Does chewing gum promote return of bowel function after colorectal surgery? Evidence-Based Practice. 2017;20(9):E8-E9.

Olmschenk A, Satre T. Is pulmonary rehabilitation helpful in decreasing exacerbations or improving quality of life in patients with COPD? Evidence-Based Practice. 2017;20(9):10-11.

Choudhary K, Madlon-Kay DJ. Are prophylactic antibiotics effective for preventing infection after first-trimester abortion? Evidence-Based Practice. 2017;20(9):7.

Adam P, Brown J. What is the best clinical scale to diagnose major depressive disorder in patients with dementia? Evidence-Based Practice. 2017;20(8):E7-E8.

Wendlandt CW, Satre T. Is physical therapy better than surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome? Evidence-Based Practice. 2017;20(8):8-9.

Freeman K, Santilli JD. In patients with uterine bleeding due to a progestin contraceptive implant, are combined oral contraceptives (COGs) helpful? Evidence-Based Practice. 2017;20(6):13.

Adam P, Tsvilina A. In patients with osteoporosis, should subclinical hyperthyroidism be treated? Evidence-Based Practice. 2017;20(4):3.

Huikko J, Satre T. Are the Vanderbilt ADHD scales helpful in ruling out comorbid conditions in children in ADHD? Evidence-Based Practice. 2017;20(3):11-2.

Fondell N, Feldman J. In transgender men (female-to-male), are long-acting testosterone injections an effective masculinizing therapy? Evidence-Based Practice. 2017;20(2):18.

2016 HelpDesk Answers Publications

2016 HelpDesk Answers Publications

Retka N, Satre T. Does clinic-based teaching on inhaler technique improve asthma outcomes? Evidence-Based Practice. 2016;19(12):7-8.

Srajeldin A, Adam P. Does the presence of lower extremity edema affect outcomes of patients with lower extremity cellulitis? Evidence-Based Practice. 2016;19(10):7-8.

Widstrom L, Slattengren A. Do autologous blood and PRP injections effectively treat tennis elbow? J Fam Pract. 2016;65(9):635.

Adam P, Ajibade O. Is dermoscopy helpful in differentiating alopecia areata from other forms of alopecia? Evidence-Based Practice. 2016;19(7):18-9.

Adegoke O, Satre T. Which probiotic species or combinations of species are best for treating irritable bowel syndrome? Evidence-Based Practice. 2016;19(5):18-20.

Ali N, Adam P. Do low sodium diets reduce the morbidity and mortality in patients with congestive heart failure? Evidence-Based Practice. 2016;19(4):17-8.

Bostrom E, Satre T. In patients with asthma, does increasing the dose of inhaled corticosteroid at the onset of an asthma exacerbation improve outcomes over continuing the maintenance dose? Evidence-Based Practice. 2016;19(3):9-10.

Zayed M, Madlon-Kay D. How prevalent is intimate partner violence among women presenting in orthopedic clinics? Evidence-Based Practice. 2016;19(3):20-1.

Lownik E, Slattengren A. How accurate is the Pediatric Appendicitis Score in the diagnosis of acute appendicitis in children? Evidence-Based Practice. 2016;19(2):7.

Dirksen L, Satre T. Is phenobarbital effective in treating alcohol withdrawal? Evidence-Based Practice. 2016;19(1):6-7.

2015 HelpDesk Answers Publications

2015 HelpDesk Answers Publications

Faisal M, Madlon-Kay D. For what gastrointestinal disorders in adults are probiotics effective? Evidence-Based Practice. 2015;18(10):9-10.

Sharma A, Philbrick A. Are SSRIs effective after ischemic stroke in function, quality of life, and recurrence of stroke? Evidence-Based Practice. 2015;18(9):11-2.

Johnson N, Satre T. In patients with COPD, do self-management action plans improve outcomes over usual care? Evidence-Based Practice. 2015;18(8):22.

Taves J, Satre T. Reducing amputation rates after severe frostbiteAm Fam Physician. 2015;92(8):716.

Zayed S, Madlon-Kay D. Growth hormone for treatment of idiopathic short stature in children. Am Fam Physician. 2015;92(1):64.

Hinrichs A, Adam P. Can breathing exercises lower blood pressure? Evidence-Based Practice. 2015;18(6):17.

Townsend L, Madlon-Kay D. Is it safe to add long-acting β-2 agonists to inhaled corticosteroids in patients with persistent asthma? J Fam Pract. 2015;64(6):370-1.

Schulz S, Adam P. What is the most effective topical treatment for allergic conjunctivitis? J Fam Pract. 2015;64(5):315, 321.

Singh S, Adam P. What can be done to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in the elderly? Evidence-Based Practice. 2015;18(4):9-10.

Hadian Jazi R, Satre T. What nonpharmacologic therapies for patients with chronic vertigo, not from Meniere’s disease, are effective for the relief of symptoms? Evidence-Based Practice. 2015;18(3):1-2.

Scott R, Satre T. Is spinal manipulation therapy more effective than home exercise as a treatment for neck pain? Evidence-Based Practice. 2015;18(3):10-1.

Dakoji S, Satre T. What nonpharmacologic interventions are effective for reducing needle-related procedural pain in children and adolescents? Evidence-Based Practice. 2015;18(2):7.

Brandenburg D, Pereira C, Adam P. Is it okay to use the nicotine patch during pregnancy? Evidence-Based Practice. 2015;18(2):17.

Okonkwo A, Satre T. Which opioid is best for the management of labor pain? Evidence-Based Practice. 2015;18(2):17-18.

2014 HelpDesk Answers Publications

2014 HelpDesk Answers Publications

Goodman D, Slattengren A. Which loop diuretic is most effective for the management of chronic heart failure in the outpatient setting? Evidence-Based Practice. 2014;17(10):14.

Crowl A, Lounsbery J. What are effective treatments for medication overuse headache? Evidence-Based Practice. 2014;17(10):26-7.

Smiley Y, Power D. Is a single dose of oral ondansetron effective in reducing rates of intravenous rehydration in children with gastroenteritis? Evidence-Based Practice. 2014;17(9):10-1.

Valencia M, Adam P. Which constipation management approaches are most effective for infants younger than 2 years? Evidence-Based Practice. 2014;17(9):12-3.

Yam V, Madlon-Kay D. What is a better screening tool, digital mammography or film mammography? Evidence-Based Practice. 2014;17(9):24-5.

Sahi G, Satre T. What first-step antihypertensive drug therapy is optimal for patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus? Evidence-Based Practice. 2014;17(9):30.

Christensen T, Slattengren A. Is prolotherapy an effective nonsurgical treatment option for a partial ACL tear? Evidence-Based Practice. 2014;17(8):8.

Pipestone M, Madlon-Kay D. How soon after term premature rupture of membranes (PROM) should oxytocin be started? Evidence-Based Practice. 2014;17(7):8.

Arshad N, Madlon-Kay D. How do you prevent MRSA colonization among close contacts of patients with abscess or cellulitis in the community? Evidence-Based Practice. 2014;17(7):8-9.

Ulrich N, Slattengren A. What is the success rate of conservative therapy vs surgical treatment in an older patient with a partial rotator cuff tear? Evidence-Based Practice. 2014;17(5):8-9.

Kusnir D, Madlon-Kay D. Is liquid-based cytology more effective than the conventional method of identifying cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) grade 2 or higher in women? Evidence-Based Practice. 2014;17(1):13.