Would You Share Your Doctor’s Visit?

What shared medical appointments can offer

Imagine a different kind of doctor’s visit: You’re sitting in a room with a group of patients as your doctor and other medical staff address the group. It’s still a doctor’s visit — your vitals are taken and your medications and lab results may be discussed — but it’s done in a group setting. It’s also confidential, with patients signing an agreement to keep private what they hear about other patients.

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This approach, called a shared medical appointment (SMA), is proving helpful to patients in certain situations. For those who need routine follow-up care due to chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or obesity, it can be an ideal place to not only receive medical advice but also learn from other patients’ questions. This group setting is also a good place for doctors to offer information on disease prevention and general wellness.

Intrigued? Read a recent article published by Time Magazine further exploring shared medical appointments:

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