PBS Film Illustrates the Value of Patient-Centered Care

Wednesday, April 1,  2015

Megan Moriarty
Public Relations Strategist
(800) 274-2237, Ext. 5223

LEAWOOD, Kan. — An upcoming documentary showcases physicians and health care providers who work together to put the patient at the center of their practices. Rx: The Quiet Revolution premieres Thursday, April 2, 2015, (check local listings(www.pbs.org)) on PBS. The film shows how a patient-centered philosophy can improve health outcomes and enrich the lives of patients.

In it, filmmaker David Grubin, the son of a general practitioner (now referred to as a family physician), films practices all over the United States. From Maine to Mississippi, Alaska to California, he visits family physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals who transform the way medical care is delivered while lowering costs.

Dr. Reid Blackwelder, chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians board of directors and a family physician in Kingsport, Tennessee, applauds the film as a beacon of hope in an otherwise fragmented health care system. Blackwelder was one of a handful of health care providers who previewed and reacted to the film for Medscape(www.medscape.com).

“This is the powerful message — that these stories are coming out of a fee-for-service, siloed, fragmented health care system that is much maligned. These people are succeeding despite those challenges, and they can show the way for the rest of us as we are in the process of transformation,” Blackwelder said.

Award-winning filmmaker David Grubin said that the people he encountered while making this film are passionate about improving patient lives.

“It’s inspiring to see how they’re combining the old-school, hands-on approach of my father’s era with new medical discoveries and technologies. When patients feel included, respected and empowered, great things can happen,” Grubin said.


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Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 129,000 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.

Family physicians conduct approximately one in five office visits -- that’s 192 million visits annually or 48 percent more than the next most visited 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.

To learn more about the specialty of family medicine, the AAFP's positions on issues and clinical care, and for downloadable multi-media highlighting family medicine, visit
www.aafp.org/media. For information about health care, health conditions and wellness, please visit the AAFP’s award-winning consumer website, www.familydoctor.org(www.familydoctor.org).