AAFP Statement: Support of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation “Aligning Forces for Quality” Initiative
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 05, 2008
James King, M.D.
American Academy of Family Physicians
“Family physicians are located in every county in the United States, and each day we see first hand the impact individuals and organizations can have when they work together to tackle a community’s health care needs. That’s why we support the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Aligning Forces for Quality initiative — an effort that is bringing all critical stakeholders together around common objectives for the ultimate goal of improved patient care.”
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Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 110,600 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.
Approximately one in four of all office visits are made to family physicians. That is 240 million office visits each year — nearly 87 million more than the next largest medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care.
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