The family physician, by virtue of unique training, is in a position to provide a leadership role in hospice care. The concept of hospice is one of comprehensive care for the dying.
Family physicians are personal doctors for people of all ages and health conditions. They are a reliable first contact for health concerns and directly address most health care needs. Through enduring partnerships, family physicians help patients prevent, understand, and manage illness, navigate the health system, and set health goals. Family physicians and their staff adapt their care to the unique needs of their patients and communities. They use data to monitor and manage their patient population, and use best science to prioritize services most likely to benefit health. They are ideal leaders of health care systems and partners for public health.
Family medicine addresses the psychosocial needs of the patient, coordinating across all levels and environments of care and functioning as leaders of interdisciplinary teams. In the forefront to provide continuity of care in the rural and underserved areas, the family physician may serve as hospice physicians and medical directors.
On the basis to provide an enduring partnership with patients and adapt care to meet the unique needs of the patient population, family physicians are in a position to serve as hospice physicians and medical directors.
(1979) (May 2016 BOD)