Items in AFP with MESH term: Patient-Centered Care

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Finding Success in a Capitated Environment - Feature


Improving Chronic Disease Care in the Real World: A Step-by-Step Approach - Feature


Patient-Centered Care for Better Patient Adherence - Feature


Demand Management: The Patient Education Connection - Feature


Demand Management: Implementing Your Own Program - Feature


Interacting with Patients' Family Members During the Office Visit - Article

ABSTRACT: The physician-patient relationship is part of the patient’s larger social system and is influenced by the patient’s family. A patient’s family member can be a valuable source of health information and can collaborate in making an accurate diagnosis and planning a treatment strategy during the office visit. However, it is important for the physician to keep an appropriate balance when addressing concerns to maintain the alliance formed among physician, patient, and family member. The patient-centered medical home, a patient care concept that helps address this dynamic, often involves a robust partnership among the physician, the patient, and the patient’s family. During the office visit, this partnership may be influenced by the ethnicity, cultural values, beliefs about illness, and religion of the patient and his or her family. Physicians should recognize abnormal family dynamics during the office visit and attempt to stay neutral by avoiding triangulation. The only time neutrality should be disrupted is if the physician suspects abuse or neglect. It is important that the patient has time to communicate privately with the physician at some point during the visit.


An Organized Approach to Chronic Disease Care - Feature


Keys to High-Functioning Office Teams - Feature


What Family Physicians Need to Know About ACOs - Feature


A Nursing Home Documentation Tool for More Efficient Visits - Feature


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