World Family Doctor Day is May 19

Monday, May 18, 2015

Megan Moriarty
Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237, Ext. 5223

Celebrate Your Family Doctor


LEAWOOD, Kan. — They deliver your children. They help you manage chronic illnesses. They coordinate care for your entire family. In the complex world of health care, you rely on your family doctor to advocate for yourself and your family. Now it’s time to say thanks, and World Family Doctor Day on May 19 is the ideal opportunity.

The World Organization of Family Doctors created World Family Doctor Day in 2010 to highlight the role and contribution of family doctors in health care systems around the world. In the United States alone, approximately one in four office visits are made to family doctors. That is 214 million office visits each year – nearly 74 million more than the next largest medical specialty.

Family medicine has long been the preferred model of care outside the United States, and is the cornerstone of an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship. Further, health systems with a strong primary care foundation are better able to deliver on the triple aim: improved care, better health, at a lower cost.

“All over the world, family physicians are making a difference in the lives of their patients and communities. Family doctors care for patients across their entire life span, and that creates a level of trust and mutual respect that is sometimes hard to find in healthcare,” Robert Wergin, MD, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, said.

The World Organization of Family Doctors has an impact on the world of family medicine and 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. Since inception many of these groups have carried out groundbreaking studies and research, and have
produced a variety of important publications.

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Founded in 1947, the American Academy of Family Physicians represents 136,700 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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