One-on-one doctor-patient office visits PLUS ... an occasional group sesson?
So I'm flipping through the most recent issue of Time magazine (FBI Chief Mueller on the cover) and on pg 15 in the Health & Science section is a short write-up, part of which goes like this: "The one-on-one doctor patient visit is a staple of our health care system. But a new study finds that pooling several patients into a single group session may make the visit more productive ...."
13 patients had individual doctor visits but three times a year, they had a group appointment, and instead of lasting the same brief amount of time, the group sessions met for 90 minutes.
Granted, these were Parkinson's patients, and their needs would very likely be more homogenous than those of cancer patients ....
... But what do yall think of this? Could this have an application in cancer treatment? No two cancers are the same, even among diagnoses, but---
... first-second and sometimes third line treatments ARE the same.
... symptom management IS the same.
Here's what else I like about it: On its face, it's a clinical support group led by, not an advocate, not a volunteer, but your f**king doctor. Seems like it would have the power to create stronger support networks within a close community and within a single oncology practice.
Pros? Cons? Thoughts?
You have a point, for those that wouldn't ask questions there would be someone that would and hopefully encourage others to do the same. Strength in numbers would be good for the shrinking violet. I have an advantage on most so I wouldn't leave the office more confused but I see many elderly and young people that do and perhaps the option to do a group discussion on generalities with the patient bringing in their own specific questions would be ok if they chose to attend.
I do a lot of tele-medical appointments and for training purposes that would be ok but older people won't participate unless a question is directed at them and the isolation is still there. New wave medicine! They do a lot of video appointments where I work.
Now to find MD's that want to participate!
How damn true is this all.I've myself about had it with all doctors after today,and I can't believe I'm saying today.It's never ending!!Michele Dx95 FNHL3
Hi Ross...I think this type of group environment has some potential for patients/caregivers. I understand the HIPPA concerns but if people are coming of their own free will and there are clear objectives for these people to come together, it could be quite productive. I, for one (with my three siblings and mother) learn a lot when we all come together and discuss the various things we've read/heard about the disease and its treatments. We all know we need to get educated as much as possible... Some people just don't know where to start and a group could help enlighten people that are overwhelmed.
I came to this support 'group' to learn from other patients/caregivers and taking it to a physical environment where everyone is under the same care could be quite interesting...regardless of whether or not the doctor is there.
Good food for thought! :)