This can be considered an extended doctor's office visit where not only physical and
medical needs are met, but educational, social and psychological concerns can be dealt
with effectively. These sessions tend to be a more satisfying way to interacting with
patients, while improving access to care.
Traditionally implemented for elderly patients with chronic conditions,
the group visit model has been shown to be effective in managing a diverse
population of patient with the same illness.
This model of health care delivery, in addition to reducing the cost of care,
is credited with:
- Reducing hospitalization and re-hospitalization rates
- Reducing emergency room visits
- Delaying entry into long-term care facilities
- Reducing the need for same day services and urgent care visits
- Increasing overall patient and physician satisfaction with the care provided
In the group setting, patients have the opportunity to interact with each other and
share their stories. This sharing allows the realization that that they are not the
only ones facing a particular disease or situation, and allows everyone to benefit
and be motivated by each others' experiences.
Group members have the unique opportunity to ask questions of both the doctor
and other patients, and most report learning beneficial information from questions
they did not think to ask.
Overall patients report that they gain new perspectives about their disease process,
learn new coping strategies, are motivated and encouraged to implement difficult but
behavioral changes in a supportive atmosphere thereby improving their outcomes.
In the near future, established patients at Eylan Health who carry diagnoses like diabetes
mellitus, hypertension depression, fibromyalgia, chronic pain and heart failure will be
invited to participate in monthly group sessions. During the allotted time, each participant
will have the opportunity to meet privately with the physician to address any concerns.
Other condition specific groups may be added as the need arises.
Please stay tuned!