To the Editor:
Foderman and Factor made several good suggestions to correct the primary care physician (PCP) shortage.
1One in particular may be the cynosure of primary care training in the future.
- Foderman J.
- Factor P.
Solutions to the primary care physician shortage.
Am J Med. 2015; 128: 800-801
I refer to using community centers as the main teaching site instead of hospitals for PCPs.
Clearly, the role of the PCP has undergone radical change in the past 2 decades. Many no longer care for hospital or nursing home patients. Some no longer practice pediatrics or deliver babies or perform minor office surgery.
Administrative chores consume about 30% of PCPs' time, leaving them little to see and talk to patients. And the threat of malpractice has made many shy away from treating serious illnesses.
Most of the care provided by PCPs is limited to chronic disease and upper respiratory illnesses and emotional dysfunction.
All of this is better learned in a community health center. It won't solve all the PCP shortage, but it would make PCPs more effective, more available, and, by accomplishing both, would indirectly reduce the shortage.
- Solutions to the primary care physician shortage.Am J Med. 2015; 128: 800-801
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- Solutions to the Primary Care Physician ShortageThe American Journal of MedicineVol. 128Issue 8
- PreviewA primary care physician shortage currently exists in this country. As millions get health insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, this shortage is likely to grow. It is imperative that leaders recognize the need to grow primary care capacity. This piece will explore solutions to increase primary care capacity in the United States.
- The Reply:The American Journal of MedicineVol. 129Issue 2
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