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Book and Media Reviews
May 3, 2006

Primary Care Procedures

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;295(17):2079-2084. doi:10.1001/jama.295.17.2081

Multimedia Primary Care Procedures is a two-DVD set, with an accompanying pocket handbook. The multimedia format combines narrated video, online access, and printed instruction on common office and inpatient procedures. It is an excellent resource for primary care physicians to learn or review procedures by means of high-quality, narrated videos.

The first disk is a DVD-ROM designed to run on Windows and Macintosh computers. The second disk is a DVD that can be played on a standard DVD player. Inserting the DVD-ROM into a computer running Windows XP launches the Medpro program and viewer. The opening window consists of a list of 60 procedure videos from which to choose. These are found inside the following collapsible folders: “Anesthesia,” “Biopsy Techniques,” “Sutures and Dressings,” “Needle Aspiration,” “Dermatology,” “Eyes, Ears, Nose, Throat,” “Hand/Digit,” “Orthopedics,” “Gastroenterology,” “Gynecology,” “Inpatient Medicine,” “Obstetrics,” “Reproductive-Female,” “Reproductive-Male,” and “Urinary.” Selecting a topic (for example, “Local Anesthesia”) brings up a new window with the video. Control buttons and a list of “Key Steps” are found below the viewer area. A text column on the right side of the screen displays “Instructions,” “Indications/Contraindications,” “ICD-9/CPT Codes,” and “Patient Instructions” for each of the videos.