ITEMS IN FPM ON TOPIC:
Stress and change
Today's practice environment is much different than it was when family practice became a specialty in 1969. Consequently, the role of family practice in U.S. culture is much less clear now than it was then. This article will present the opinions of key FP leaders or whether family practice needs to be redefined.
The author describes the legal stages of a malpractice suit, the accompanying emotions physicans may experience as they go through each stage and effective coping mechanisms they can use to keep stress levels in check.
The article will explore all the non-traditional forms of practice a family physician can have, from administrator to author, senator to resort doctor, faculty to "free range" physician.
The author, a long-time leader of physician support groups, provides information on where to locate a support group, what physicians can expect to gain from attending one; what a group setting offers that individual therapy cannot; and how to determine whether a support group setting is right for you.
The article will explain the necessity of quality improvement and will outline several initiatives of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, including their Idealized Design project and Breakthrough Series.
A response to the article in this issue by Kilo and Endsley.
Argues that the IHI IDCOP project is needed, that today's office practice is hopelessly broken and in need of replacement.
The author identifies the principles that will form the foundation of health care in the year 2000 and beyond.
The author describes the practice management skills and knowledge that family physicians will need to possess to succeed during the first part of the next century.
Leaders throughout family practice and the health care industry describe what they think will be family physicians' greatest challenges and opportunities will be over the next 10 years.