Patient-centered care

November/December 2010 Issue
The PCMH and ACO: Opposed or Mutually Supportive? [Opinion]

The patient-centered medical home and the accountable care organization are not competing concepts; rather the PCMH is a fundamental component of the ACO.

September/October 2010 Issue
The Patient-Centered Medical Home: Still a Work in Progress [Feature]

The article, an overview of the results of research into the outcomes of the TransforMed National Demonstration Project, is based on an interview with one of the key members of the research team.

Nov-Dec 2009 Issue
Step-by-Step Practice Transformation [From The Editor]

Clearly, it's possible to improve your practice one piece at a time. But can you ever achieve radical practice redesign by this route? The author introduces an article by Anton Kuzel, MD, MHPE, which proposes a step-by-step plan for revolutionizing your practice.

Nov-Dec 2009 Issue
Ten Steps to a Patient-Centered Medical Home [Feature]

The author recommends an organized, step-by-step approach to converting a typical family medicine practice to a patient-centered medical home.

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.

Jul-Aug 2009 Issue
Two Pictures of a Medical Home [From The Editor]

The AAFP uses a simple house image to represent the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH), while TransforMed uses a complex diagram full of circles and bullet points. Is the difference due to the different aims of the two organizations, or is the PCMH not fully defined yet?

Jul-Aug 2009 Issue
The Patient-Centered Medical Home: 12 Tips to Help You Lead the Way [Feature]

The article draws on the experiences of practices in the TransforMed National Demonstration Project and explains the changes they have made to become more patient centered.

Jul-Aug 2009 Issue
Family Medicine Should Shape Reform, Not Vice Versa [Opinion]

By lending their support to the concept of the patient-centered medical home (PCMH), a construct that lacks the hallmarks of good primary care, the primary care specialties are at risk of wasting an opportunity to revolutionize health care.

Jul-Aug 2009 Issue
The Importance of Closing the Loop [The Last Word]

Never assume that a critical message has been delivered.

May-Jun 2009 Issue
What Should You Do When Your Patient Brings a List? [Feature]

The authors explain how physicians can effectively negotiate the agenda of a primary care visit with a patient who brings in a list of issues to cover.

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