Redesigned familydoctor.org Offers Physician-Reviewed and Approved Health and Wellness Resources to Help Patients Get and Stay Healthy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017

Contact:
Stephanie A. Wilken
Public Relations Strategist
(800) 274-2237, Ext. 6053
swilken@aafp.org


LEAWOOD, Kan. — Being healthy means staying informed and up to date on the latest, evidence-based health resources. The newly redesigned familydoctor.org aims to help patients do just that. From comparing cold and flu symptoms to tips on how to begin exercising, the site that 4 million people trust each month has been revamped and restructured with the patient in mind. 

Familydoctor.org provides new health and wellness information, in both English and Spanish. Hundreds of new patient-facing articles have been carefully reviewed by family physicians and patients. And it’s that extra level of thoroughness that means patients can trust familydoctor.org. 

“The familydoctor.org experience is all about the patient,” said American Academy of Family Physicians president, John Meigs, Jr., MD. “All content undergoes a rigorous review by a panel of board certified family physicians, so you can rest assured the content is top quality, up to date, and accurate.”

Meigs adds, “Family physicians rely on familydoctor.org to provide patients with information to take home after the office visit. The information the patient gets in the comfort of their own home is the same information we trust to give patients in the exam room.”

Developed by the AAFP, familydoctor.org offers articles that are written in conversational, easy-to-understand language. The evidence-based content concentrates on conditions most commonly treated by family physicians, as well as those with the greatest impact on population health. 

“Whether you’re looking for information on the latest health headlines or tips for getting and staying healthy, familydoctor.org has you covered,” Meigs said.

The familydoctor.org redesign includes resources such as patient handouts, basic diagnosis and treatment information with an updated Symptom Checker, and all of the content is fully-functional on mobile devices. For more information, please visit www.familydoctor.org(www.familydoctor.org).

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Founded in 1947, the American Academy of Family Physicians represents 131,400 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.

To learn more about the AAFP and family medicine, visit www.aafp.org/media. Follow us on Twitter,(twitter.com) and like us on Facebook. For information about health care, health conditions and wellness, visit the AAFP’s award-winning consumer website, www.familydoctor.org(familydoctor.org).