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Future of Family Medicine Project
The Future of Family Medicine (FFM) Project was a joint effort of the Family Practice Working Party (WP) and the Academic Family Medicine Organizations (AFMO). These organizations include:
"Develop a strategy to transform and renew the specialty of family practice to meet the needs of people and society in a changing environment."
To fulfill this charge, several sets of questions were answered:
- What are the core attributes of family practice, how can family practice best meet people’s expectations, and what systems of care should be delivered by family practice?
- What are the training needs for family physicians to deliver the core attributes and services expected by people and the health care delivery system?
- How can we ensure that family physicians continue to deliver the core attributes of family practice and the services the system expects throughout their careers?
- What strategies should be employed to communicate the role of family physicians within medicine and health care, as well as to payers and patients?
- What is family practice’s leadership role in shaping the future health care delivery system?
The Working Party asked the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) to provide staff support for the project, and created a Project Leadership Committee to manage the project for the next two years.
The Project Leadership Committee, chaired by James C. Martin, MD, consisted of an elected leader and the CEO of each of the WP/AFMO organizations, plus the chairs of the five national task forces.
The five task forces of the FFM project were:
- Task Force #1 - Task Force to Identify the Core Attributes of Family Practice, Reform Family Practice to Meet Consumer Expectations, and Determine Systems of Care to be Delivered by Family Practice
- Task Force #2 - Task Force to Determine the Training Needed for Family Physicians to Deliver Core Attributes and System Services
- Task Force #3 - Task Force to Ensure that Family Physicians Deliver Core Attributes and System Services Throughout Their Careers
- Task Force #4 - Task Force to Determine Strategies for Communicating the Role of Family Physicians within Medicine and Health Care, as well as to Purchasers and Consumers
- Task Force #5 - Task Force to Determine Family Practice’s Leadership Role in Shaping the Future Health Care Delivery System
The Project Leadership Committee successfully received commitments of funding to support this historic project from the organizations making up the WP and AFMO, from outside organizations, from the federal government, and from philanthropic foundations. These organizations and foundations are recognized below.
The FFM project was launched in January 2002, beginning with the consulting research, followed by the work of the task forces. The project presented its findings and recommendations to the WP and AFMO in August 2003 and published its final report as a supplement to the March/April issue of Annals of Family Medicine. The implementation phase of the project began in early 2004.
Major support for the project was contributed by:
- Eli Lilly Foundation
- Pharmacia Corporation
- Pharmacia Foundation
- Pfizer Corporation
- Pfizer Foundation
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
- Health Resources and Services Administration
- Schering-Plough Corporation
- Wyeth Pharmaceuticals