Family doctors see more patients than any other specialist, but there remains confusion about exactly what "family medicine" is. This timeless discipline has experienced great change in the last 50 years, but it remains the nucleus of patient care.
The PAFP has created a series of publications to reintroduce you to this evolving specialty.
"Who We Are & What We Do" defines family medicine through reports, official definitions and patient descriptions. It also introduces you to PAFP members through photographs, interviews and patient stories. This report tells you why:
- Most people (in Pennsylvania and the United States) rely on family physicians.
- Pennsylvanians value their family physicians.
- Family medicine is patient and community care.
- Family physicians are uniquely prepared to care for the "whole person."
- Lifelong learning keeps family doctors grounded in science and technology.
- The relationship is at the heart of the process.
- Family physicians are hands-on patient advocates.
- Education and research drive health care improvements.
- The PAFP speaks for family medicine and has an impact on public health policy, individual patient care and the many other issues important to family medicine. Click the cover to read "Who We Are and What We Do."
Click the cover to read "Who We Are and What We Do."
The Patient-Centered Medical Home
What is a "Patient-Centered Medical Home," or "PCMH" for short? This issue tells you everything you need to know about this exciting health care innovation.
- Read about the Patient-Centered Medical Home - how it started and how it will transform health care in America.
- Learn the seven principles of the PCMH.
- Become familiar with several organizations that chart a practice's progress to becoming a PCMH.
- See evidence that proves the Patient-Centered Medical Home is more cost-effective - and leads to healthier patients and happier physicians.
Click the cover to read "The Patient-Centered Medical Home."