ITEMS IN FPM ON TOPIC:
Sep 2001 Issue
Involving Patients in Medical Decisions: What Happens in Real-World Practice? [Improving Patient Care]
The article, which continues our series on take-away lessons from the Direct Observation of Primary Care Study, shows how FPs can help patients take a more active role in making decisions about their medical care and why this is beneficial.
The author argues that physicans should dictate their notes in the exam room while their patients are present in order to improve documentation, efficiency and patient satisfaction, among other reasons.
The author will discuss the following: 1. The steps required for planning, including selection of appropriate patients, specific details, time allotment requirements, patient educational materials and the pitfalls of group visits; 2. The need for appropriate data and documentation for reimbursement of group visits; 3. How group visits increase compliance, enhance clinical outcomes, improve patient satisfaction and reduce health care expenses.
The article, part of a series based on research from the Direct Observation of Primary Care Study, will explore the effectiveness of delivering preventive services during illness visits and how it affects patient satisfaction.
The article will explain the concept of patient-centered care and how practices can empower patients and help them establish self-management goals.
The author reviews the health care landscape at the turn of the century, identifying challenges facing family physicians today.
The article will explain the value of using standardized admit orders and will offer several examples of standardized orders developed at Scott & White Clinic.
This article describes the importance of setting goals, whether for patient self-management or for quality improvement projects within one's practice. The article also explains how to set goals that are meaningful, specific, achievable and measurable.
The article will track one group's progress through a quality improvement project to improve the care of patients with diabetes.
The authors examine the future direction and role of physician groups and outline the key principles groups must follow in order to succeed.