PBS Film Illustrates the Value of Patient-Centered Care

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Wednesday, April 1,  2015

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Megan Moriarty
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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 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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