Experts See Group Doctor Visits As Antidote To The Increasingly Typical Rushed Appointment
With group visits, which studies show are particularly effective at keeping chronic illnesses in check, patients find they are paradoxically getting more medical attention from their doctors. Meanwhile, Kaiser Health News looks at how expectant mothers are embracing the new trend.
The New York Times:
Group Doctor Visits Gain Ground
Want to spend more quality time with your doctor? Maybe you should try joining a group. Paradoxical as that may sound, it works remarkably well for Bill Swain, 69, who began going to shared medical appointments several years ago after his doctor suggested the idea. Now he attends quarterly sessions for eight to 15 people that usually last 90 minutes. A digital white board lists group members’ vital signs, such as blood pressure and weight. Mr. Swain, who doesn’t like falling behind his peers, especially likes the accountability and the extra medical attention. (Gustke, 5/6)
Kaiser Health News:
Sharing Your Doctor With A Group
The women sat in a circle and bemoaned their sleepless nights. It seemed unfair: Their babies weren’t even born yet. ... These moms-to-be weren’t just commiserating over coffee. They were at a routine prenatal visit — all five of them at once. The women are participating in a unique type of health care: shared medical appointments. As a group, they see nurse midwife Mercedes Taha for 10 two-hour visits throughout their pregnancies. They take turns being examined, learn more about childbirth and parenting, and as their due dates approach, celebrate with a joint baby shower. (Gorman, 5/9)