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Group Medical Appointments Get Another Look
Health Leaders Media

Picture this: In a conference room at a major healthcare institution’s family health center, 10 patients sit in comfortable chairs waiting to discuss their asthma. After a few minutes, a facilitator enters—at some institutions, it’s a social worker or a nurse; here it’s a psychologist.

What questions do you have for the doctor? she asks. What concerns? Do you need medication refills? What are your goals for today? As each person speaks, the facilitator scribbles notes on a whiteboard, readying the group for the physician to arrive.