Hematology Hypercoaguable State—Individuals who have a history of deep venous thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolus (PE), transient ischemic attack (TIA), cerebral vascular accident (CVA), myocardial infarction (MI), or another abnormal clotting event should be counseled regularly.
Orthopedics and Rheumatology Osteoporosis—Bone density screening should be recommended for females 65 years of age and over (60 and over if there are increased risk factors). Obstetrics and Gynecology Breastfeeding—All pregnant women should be counseled to breastfeed their babies for at least three months after delivery.
Neural Tube Defects—All pregnant women should be counseled to take folic acid to help prevent certain types of mental and spinal retardation conditions from occurring. Social Tobacco Cessation—All tobacco users are to be provided with tobacco cessation counseling. Physical Activities—All individuals are encouraged to engage in physical activity several times per week to improve fitness.
That’s right, with all that can go wrong with our health, with all the diseases, disorders, and dysfunctions that can occur, currently, these are the only federally mandated general counseling standards that your health care provider is directed to talk to you about according to the USPSTF. This is the health counseling that your providers are as certain about as they can be.
You can follow a doctor’s counseling recommendations or not. Not doing so, though, could harm your health. If your physician and his or her staff aren’t counseling you on these subjects, they’re not practicing to the “National Community Standard.” Additional counseling standards exist for three groups: non-pregnant females, pregnant females, and both men and women.