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About the AAFP

This site is operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), a national medical organization representing more than 120,900 family physicians, family practice residents, and medical students. All of the information on this site has been written and reviewed by physicians and patient education professionals at the AAFP. Visit the AAFP.org to learn more about the AAFP.

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Content on FamilyDoctor.org is written and reviewed by professional editors who have a background in clinical development and by physicians whose specialty is family medicine. For more information about FamilyDoctor.org's content development process, see our editorial policy.


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Financial support for FamilyDoctor.org has been provided by the AAFP Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

The AAFP Foundation advances the values of family medicine by promoting humanitarian, educational, and scientific initiatives that improve the health of all people.