Group medical consults: Is sharing really caring?

A new study addresses a divisive topic

In the face of stingy Medicare rebates and increasing patient demand for long consults, is the solution to give up the old-fashioned notion of seeing patients one by one?

This is the impetus for exploring the concept of the shared medical appointment.

Although the thought might raise the eyebrows of both doctors and patients, there are studies going back to 1997 looking at alternatives to the “physician-patient dyad”.

And research has suggested patients with chronic diseases who attend group appointments report better quality of life