29 March 2006

Transitioning to a new model of healthcare

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Annals of Family Medicine
The current issue of the Annals of Family Medicine reports on a new model of healthcare that is grounded in timeless values of personalised, patient-centred care coupled with the application of new technologies and systems.The new model was the conclusion of its report on "The Future of Family Medicine".

An in-depth qualitative analysis of an exemplary practice points the way to developing practice systems that integrate preventive and chronic illness care. Attributes identified in this practice include components of a transformed practice, such as patient-centredness, strong support for the physician-patient relationship, a team approach to care, and transparent, data-based, accountable systems.

A comprehensive ethnographic study raises important questions on how to better use the electronic health record to enhance the clinician-patient relationship as well as instrumental aspects of care.

Another study evaluates a web-based system that offers tailored health advice and local and national resources and highlights lessons learned from the implementation of this novel technology.

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