World Family Doctor Day is May 19, 2012
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Saturday, May 19, 2012
LEAWOOD, Kan. — The World Organization of Family Doctors (Wonca*) celebrates World Family Doctor Day around the globe on May 19. Long the preferred model of care outside the United States, family medicine is the cornerstone of an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care. The American Academy of Family Physicians is a longstanding member of Wonca.
Wonca has an impact on the world of family medicine/general practice through its World Council and its seven Regional Councils. In addition to its governance structure, Wonca has working groups on the classification of problems encountered in general family practice, rural practice, quality assurance, informatics, education, communications and publications, research, health behavior change, tobacco cessation, women and family medicine, mental health, and respiratory diseases. Over the years, these groups have carried out groundbreaking studies and research, and have produced a variety of important publications.
Multinational employers and insurance companies are realizing more and more the importance of family physicians and their focus on a long-term patient-physician relationship, preventive care, chronic disease management and care coordination across sub-specialties.
In fact, The Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative was created in the United States in late 2006 by several large national employers, including IBM, to join forces with primary care physician groups and other large employers in order to (1) facilitate improvements in patient-physician relations and (2) create a more effective and efficient model of health care delivery.
One of the focuses of the PCPCC is the patient-centered medical home, which describes a style of care that integrates patients as active participants in their own health and well-being. Patients are cared for by a physician who leads the medical team that coordinates all aspects of preventive, acute and chronic needs of patients using the best available evidence and appropriate technology. These relationships offer patients comfort, convenience, and optimal health throughout their lifetimes. The concept of the PCMH grew out of a large-scale research study done by the AAFP in 2002 that showed the public wanted more continuous and comprehensive care in the context of their community.
The 105,900 AAFP members join with the120 Wonca member organizations in 99 countries to celebrate World Family Doctor Day.
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Founded in 1947, the American Academy of Family Physicians represents 129,000 physicians and medical students nationwide, and it is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.
Family physicians conduct approximately one in five of the total medical office visits in the United States per year – more than any other specialty. Family physicians provide comprehensive, evidence-based, and cost-effective care dedicated to improving the health of patients, families and communities. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing and personal patient-physician relationship where the family physician serves as the hub of each patient’s integrated care team. More Americans depend on family physicians than on any other medical specialty.
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