Cleveland, OH-The amount of time that physicians are able to share with patients is in constant jeopardy. For physicians, the added benefit of using shared appointments is a no-brainer. Shared appointments can be more efficient and allow them to see more patients throughout any given day.
Just the idea of shared doctor’s appointments may make some patients cringe out of a lack of privacy, but for our increasingly rushed healthcare professionals, experimenting with new forms of visitation can be a delightful relief. And with an increasing amount of pressure from health insurers to bring down the cost of care while treating the increasing number of people with health insurance, patients should expect experiments such as this to become more prevalent throughout major health systems.
The theory behind this practice is that patients will be able to find greater value in these visits by being able to learn from others’ experiences and that the healthcare professional will be able to have a more relaxed discussion rather than continually jumping from room to room in 8 minute intervals. In addition, these group visits provide a place to leverage the power of social proofs, which have been proven to increase adherence.
These group medical visits have been proven to help diabetics control blood sugar and blood pressure. And the approach has been particularly useful for patients who are managing chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma, and osteoporosis.