Fam Pract Manag. 2007 Jul-Aug;14(7):15-16.
"Panel Size: How Many Patients Can One Doctor Manage” [April 2007] by Mark Murray, MD, MPA, Mike Davies, MD, and Barbara Boushon, RN, nicely explained what I did intuitively in 1970. As a junior associate in a busy family practice, I was accepting a lot of new patients while my established patients, when unable to see me when needed, were forced to see an even more junior physician at our clinic. My optimal workload was 110 office visits per week. After taking note of these things, I initiated these guidelines: My established patients would generally be seen by me, and new patients would generally be seen by the more junior doctor. At the end of each week I would ask the office staff to total my office visits. I would accept one or two new patients the following week if my total number of office visits was less than 110. This system kept me busy but not overwhelmed, and my patients liked the continuity.
Editor's note: Watch for an upcoming article by Dr. Murray in which he answers frequently asked questions about panel size.
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU
Send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submission of a letter will be construed as granting AAFP permission to publish the letter in any of its publications in any form. We cannot respond to all letters we receive. Those chosen for publication will be edited for length and style.
Copyright © 2007 by the American Academy of Family Physicians.
This content is owned by the AAFP. A person viewing it online may make one printout of the material and may use that printout only for his or her personal, non-commercial reference. This material may not otherwise be downloaded, copied, printed, stored, transmitted or reproduced in any medium, whether now known or later invented, except as authorized in writing by the AAFP. Contact email@example.com for copyright questions and/or permission requests.
Want to use this article elsewhere? Get Permissions