Family Practice Articles of Interest
“Speed Dating” for Doctors Is a Success
The healthcare system HealthFirst opened a new office and decided to plan a “speed dating” event for patients to briefly meet with several different physicians before making a decision on who they felt most comfortable to provide them with care. Most people choose new doctors based on online reputations, but this type of environment allows patients to feel better about their decisions.
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U.S. Primary Care Docs Feel Mostly Unprepared to Manage Multiple Chronic Illnesses
A global survey found that U.S. and Canadian primary care physicians report feeling the least prepared for managing patients with multiple chronic illnesses, compared with physicians in several other Westernized countries. The 2015 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians also found only 16 percent of U.S. physicians felt confident to treat mental illness in their patients.
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