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Archive for June, 2013

The Cost-Effectiveness of Family Physicians — Ambiguity

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June 30, 2013

First, a word of thanks to KevinMD.com for picking up my post on family physicians and uncertainty. I’ll make this post short and sweet. What do physicians do when a patient lists a series of symptoms that make no sense; have never appeared in any medical text book? “Doctor, what does...
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The Cost-Effectiveness of Family Physicians – Applying Probabilities

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June 23, 2013

How can a family physician send home from clinic an 18-year-old woman who reports she’s been having chest pain? Couldn’t she be having a heart attack? Absolutely. How can a family physician reassure a person with hand tingling and numbness without ordering any tests? Couldn’t this be a stroke? Of course....
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The Cost-Effectiveness of Family Physicians – Complexity

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June 16, 2013

We continue to examine the results of our recently published study on the ways family physicians deliver better care at a lower cost than a multi-ologist approach. The next concept is complexity. Family physicians are more comfortable with complexity than any other physicians, especially in their ability to negotiate the diagnostic...
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The Cost-Effectiveness of Family Physicians – Comfort with Uncertainty

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June 3, 2013

This post is the 3rd in a series discussing our findings in a recently published study on the ways family physicians deliver better care at a lower cost than a multi-ologist model. Family physicians told us they are more comfortable with uncertainty than the ologists. For a little history, the Future...
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