Chronic care

May/June 2011 Issue
Special Issue: Chronic Illness Care [From The Editor]

You need teamwork, data and a new approach to involving your patients.

March/April 2011 Issue
Four Strategies for Promoting Healthy Lifestyles in Your Practice [Feature]

The article outlines steps physicians can take to promote fitness (physical activity, nutrition and emotional wellness) to their patients, drawing on lessons from the AIM-HI research project.

November/December 2010 Issue
What a Patient's Numbers Don't Tell [The Last Word]

Sometimes, what matters most is how far a patient has come.

September/October 2010 Issue
Health Coaching for Patients With Chronic Illness [Feature]

The article describes health coaching, which is an approach to providing patients and families with the skills to help themselves in partnership with their physician. The article includes examples of health coaching to demonstrate to primary care physicians how to initiate coaching models in their practices.

Sep-Oct 2009 Issue
Five Communication Strategies to Promote Self-Management of Chronic Illness [Feature]

This article discusses the concept of self-management and how best to teach patients with chronic illness to manage their illness with skill and self-efficacy.

Apr 2008 Issue
A New Approach to Group Visits: Helping High-Need Patients Make Behavioral Change [Feature]

The author, who runs a solo, no-staff practice, holds regular group visits for patients with a variety of conditions. She describes how the visits are organized and reimbursed.

Mar 2008 Issue
Beyond EHRs: How Technology Can Help You Treat Chronic Illness [Feature]

The authors describe how technology can help family physicians manage chronic disease through self-care (feedback, motivation and eduation) and remote care (remote monitoring, remote diagnostics and communications).

May 2006 Issue
Escaping the Tyranny of the Urgent by Delivering Planned Care [Feature]

The article describes what process changes a practice needs to make in order to conduct "planned visits," where the patient has all relevant lab work or tests completed prior to the visit with the physician and all information is in the chart, allowing for a more organized, productive encounter.

May 2006 Issue
Planned Care: Some Assembly Required [From The Editor]

(But each piece is useful in itself.)

Apr 2006 Issue
Using a Simple Patient Registry to Improve Your Chronic Disease Care [Feature]

This is a case study in which Excel was used to do preventive care or chronic disease management and what lessons were learned. It will include a blank copy of the Excel spreadsheet that readers can download from the FPM Web site.

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