primary care

Suicide prevention in primary care

Several years ago, a college student asked me for feedback about an essay she’d written. I usually enjoy helping young writers, but this
request made me very uncomfortable. In the essay, the student detailed her long struggle with depression, including several hospitalizations and suicide attempts. She mentioned in the last paragraph that sometimes she still wished she were dead.

News Author: 
Dr. Suzanne Koven

From ‘My’ Patient to ‘Our’ Patient: How New Models Are Transforming Care in Central Pennsylvania

Proactively addressing the challenge of improving the health of individuals and communities across Central Pennsylvania, WellSpan Health is establishing patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) in its primary care practices.

The PCMH model engages providers to partner with patients to help them achieve their health goals — rather than merely treating patients when they have illnesses or injuries.

News Author: 
Michael Ferguson

Why I'm Becoming a Primary-Care Doctor

The U.S. has a shortage of family physicians, but many med students avoid the specialty, stigmatizing it as uninteresting.

A few weeks ago, I met up with two of my medical school classmates for a drink. I’ve known them for the past three years, but I never had a heart-to-heart with them before the other night. But it’s the time of year when fourth-year students, like us, have to decide which medical specialty we want to pursue, and our conversations these days are full of gossip about who is choosing what. News travels fast through the medical student grapevine, and we discovered we had something in common.

News Author: 
Mara Gordon

Population Care Coordinators: A Key to Improved Care at Lower Cost?

In New Jersey, Horizon’s patient-centered medical home program puts data-savvy nurses in primary care practices to reach out to high-risk patients and forestall costly crises

Trying to save money in health care isn’t new to Sandra Siegel, RN. A nurse with 30 years’ experience, she remembers working for a managed care company in the ’90s doing precertifications and checking hospital stays.

News Author: 
Timothy Kelley

Care coordination, medical homes improve specialty care for special needs children

Care coordination and medical homes improved patient and parent satisfaction with specialty care for children with special needs, according to study findings in Pediatrics.
Alexy Arauz Boudreau, MD, MPH, of Massachusetts General Hospital for Children in Boston, and colleagues analyzed data from the 2009 to 2010 National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs survey. Data was based on telephone interviews with parents of special needs children aged 0 to 17 years. The study cohort consisted of 18, 905 children.

News Author: 
Boudreau A.A.


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