Can Team-Based Care Improve Primary Care Delivery and Patient Outcomes?

Assessing whether team-based care can improve primary care delivery and patient outcomes is the subject of study published in Population Health Management, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. publishers.

Researchers from George Washington University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Carilion Family Medicine conducted case studies of small primary care practices to assess three team-based care models. In the article “Team-Based Care: A Critical Element of Primary Care Practice Transformation,” the authors discuss the need to transform the delivery and financing of primary care. New models of care delivery models emphasize patient-centered care, which can be achieved with a team-based approach.

In a team-based care approach, a diverse group of clinicians shares responsibility for a panel of patients and consults with each other regularly, the study says. This model of delivering primary care can improve patient care, practice workflows, and patient and physician satisfaction.

Putting quality and safety improvement at the forefront of physicians’ practice, learning to deliver more sensitive and responsive patient-centered care, learning to promote wellness proactively, and learning teamwork skills in patient-care settings are all competencies that have become expected of physicians, the study notes.

Source: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. publishers, April 22, 2013:

Guide to Population Health Management,

Guide to Population Health Management, lays the groundwork for a PHM program, providing a comprehensive set of 2012 PHM benchmarks from 102 companies as well as strategic advice from early adopters of a PHM approach.

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